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Baby Girl Naming Ceremony: Standard Text

Outside of Israel, manyJews, including reform, conservative and modern orthodox traditionally give their babies a Hebrew name for use in religious rituals, such as the calling up to the aliyah (benedictions) and the ketubah (marriage contract), and a secular name for purposes of civil birth records and daily use.  The mainstream and ultra orthodox as well as the chassidic Jews give their babies Hebrew and/or Yiddish names, though at times they mark the birth certificate with a secular name, to be used for purposes of civil and legal records but not for daily use.

The Hebrew name takes the form of "[child's name] bar [father's name]" for boys, or "[child's name] bat [father's name]" for girls. The name itself has no religious significance, and while it is often a Hebrew or Yiddish name, it can be a name from any language or culture. Ashkenazi Jews traditionally name their children after a recently deceased relative, a famous departed rabbi or sage, and/or biblical figures.  Sephardic Jews often name children after living grandparents as well as in honor of rabbis, famous religious figures and/or biblical figures.The following is the recitation by the father of the new born girl.

מי שברך אבותינו אברהם יצחק ויעקב, הוא יברך את האשה היולדת _____בת_____(שם האב) ואת בתה הנולדה לה במזל טוב [ויקרא שמה בישראל _______ בת _______ (שם אב התנוקת)] בעבור שבעלה ואביה יתן לצדקה. בשכר זה יגדלה (לתורה) לחופה ולמעשים טובים ונאמר: אמן

The one who blessed our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, may He bless the woman who has given birth  ____________ (Hebrew name) the daughter of __________(father's Hebrew name) with her daughter who has been born at an auspicious time and may her name be called in Israel _________ (baby's Hebrew Name), daughter of __________ (baby's father's Hebrew name), for her husband, the infant's father will contribute to charity on their behalf.  In reward for this, may they raise her to Torah, marriage, and good deeds.  Now let us respond: AMEN.

More about Baby Girl Naming:
Naming Ceremony: Ashkenazic Tradition
Naming Ceremony: Sefardic Tradition, Zeved Habat
Jewish Baby Names from A to Z

 

 

 




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