Had A Girl?

Mazel Tov on the birth of your daughter. She doesn’t need a bris because she was already born perfect without need for correction. Here is reference to some of the many mitzvot that girls have upon their birth.

 

1. Blessing upon birth: When a daughter is born, as soon as the parents see her and the mother is in a suitable state, they should make the following blessing:

Baruch Atah Adoh-nai E-lo-heinu Melech haolam sheh-heh-cheeyanu veh-kee-yeh-manu
veh-heegee-anu lee-zman hazeh.

Translation:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and
enabled us to reach this occasion.

 

2. Naming the Daughter: Unlike a boy who gets his name at the bris, a girl gets named at the soonest opportunity. What do you need? A minyan and a Torah reading, the Torah is usually read on Shabbat, Monday, or Thursday. The leader will name your daughter after the Torah is read, make sure to pick a Jewish name. Don’t know where to find all this? Give me a call, I can do it for you.

It is also customary to sponsor a kiddush in the synagogue, thanking G-d for the blessing of having a baby girl.

 

3. Three Years Old: A big milestone for the Jewish girl. It’s where she begins to act in accordance with the values of Jewish women and follow many of the mitzvot that she will do her entire life such as lighting Shabbat candles every Friday before sunset.

 

The blessing for the Shabbat candles:

Baruch Atah Adoh-nai E-lo-heinu Me-lech ha-o-lam asher kee-deh-shanu beh-mitzvotav veh-tzi-vanu leh-had-leek ner shel Shabbat kodesh.

Translation:

Blessed are you, L-rd our G‑d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the Holy Shabbat.

 

4. Bat-Mitzvah: Unlike boys whose bar-mitzvah is at age 13, girls traditionally celebrate their bat-mitzvah at age 12, due to their advanced maturity. For more information, check out the Bat-Mitzvah Club.

 

5. Education: Here will be posted some tidbits about women in the Torah.