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Thursday 2nd January 2014

Mazal Tov on the birth of your daughter!

The father of the newly born baby girl receives an aliyah (‘a call up to the Torah’) at the synagogue on the first Shabbat, Yom Tov or weekday morning following the birth of his daughter, whichever occasion he is able to get to first.  Following the aliyah, the rabbi or another officiant will bless the baby and her parents, including a special blessing in which the baby is named.  The mother of the baby also attends if she is sufficiently recovered from giving birth.

At that time, or when she is well enough to go to shul, or in the presence of a minyan, the mother should recite the Prayer of Thanksgiving after Recovery from Childbirth. This can be found in the green edition of the Singer’s Siddur, pages 814 -816.

Some parents also hold a ‘Zeved Bat’ ceremony, the ‘Home Service on the Birth of a Daughter’.  This ceremony, developed from Sephardic practice, is an optional ceremony providing another opportunity to mark the arrival of a baby girl. It may be accompanied by a celebratory meal, although it does not have to be a full-blown party! Many London Beth Din licensed kosher bakeries can provide platters of bagels and other food for this occasion.  You can find a list of these bakeries here.

The order of service is on page 816 in the green edition of the Singer’s Siddur.

We wish you mazaltov and every happiness with your new daughter! Don’t forget to apply for a free Tribe baby gift pack as well.