While there’s an age-old Jewish ritual of having a bris (brit milah in Hebrew) for baby boys, which also doubles as a welcoming celebration, there’s no tradition like that for a daughter found in the Torah. Not a huge surprise, because the Torah isn’t exactly known for its strong stance on women’s rights. Fortunately, sometime during the 20th Century, baby naming ceremonies for girls (also known by the Hebrew words Simchat Bat, which means celebration of a daughter, and Brit Bat, which means daughter’s covenant) became a thing. No matter what you call it, don’t miss the chance to have one! Boys can have naming ceremonies too, for instance, if the bris was done by a doctor before he left the hospital, or if the parents decided not to circumcise their son. Either way, namings are a fantastic and meaningful way to welcome a Jewish baby, and in today’s world, we should celebrate joy whenever we can!

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