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Simchat Bat: Naming Jewish Baby Girls

Baby girls don't have a corresponding ceremony to the Brit Milah, according to tradition, since Judaism views the newborn girl "complete." The newborn boy requires circumcision to reach the same level of completeness.

However, in recent years, Simchat Bat, Rejoicing in the birth of a girl, is celebrated more elaborately, perhaps in an attempt to instill some parity in the expression of happiness and welcome to the new born girl.

Over the generations, on the first Sabbath after a Jewish child is born, the infant's father is called forward at the synagogue to recite the aliyah and ask blessings for the health of his wife and newborn child. At that time, fathers also named their girl infants, but the boy infants receive their Hebrew name the eighth day after birth, as part of the celebration of the Brit Milah, the rite of circumcision.

Though traditionally, baby girls were named on Shabbat at the Synagogue, the ritual or ceremony can also take place on any day when the Torah is read. Hence, naming ceremony for girls may also take place during the reading of the Torah Portion in the Synagogue on Mondays and Thursdays.

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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