“All your children shall be taught of the Eternal One, and great shall be the peace of your children” (Is. 54:13)
The ceremonies that surround the birth of a child serve many purposes. They are the first in a series of lifetime rituals that can mark significant moments in their life and begin the journey of linking the child to their Jewish past and commit them to a Jewish future. Furthermore, they are a chance for the parents to thank God for their birth and reinforce the values that define their Judaism and Jewish life. Many ceremonies also provide a chance for the larger community to celebrate with the family.