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From When A Jew Celebrates

The Talmud teaches: Many coins are stamped from the same mold, and every coin is exactly the same. But God has stamped many people from the same mold ( the mold of Eve And Adam), yet not one person is like another. Therefore, one must say, “for my sake was the world created’.

The arrival of a new life is an awe-inspiring miracle that is worth celebrating, especially when it comes to children. While animals can also give birth, only human beings have an unparalleled ability to work hand-in-hand with a higher power to create new life. For Jewish families, this divine partnership is not just an individual choice, but a sacred obligation to maintain their faith and customs.

The birth of a Jewish child is an exceptional moment, not only for the immediate family but for the whole community that shares in its joy. It marks the genesis of a new covenant between the Congregation of Israel and God, where this innocent being is entrusted to the community to cherish and support. The various rites and rituals surrounding this occasion, such as the naming of a girl or the circumcision of a boy, are celebrations of the miracle that is life. They are beautiful testaments to the unwavering bond between God and the Jewish people, a pledge to care and nurture each other under the divine guidance of Torah.

In essence, the arrival of a child is a reminder of the limitless power of love, hope, and togetherness. It is a symbol of infinite possibilities and highlights the compact between humanity and the divine. All children are precious, but Jewish children embody something particularly sacred and serve as inspirations to hold on to the fragile beauty that is life.

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