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Readings for Discussing the Covenant

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Dedication to the Covenant

We dedicate our child to Torah--to a never-ending fascination with study and learning, With a book, she will never be alone.

We dedicate our child to huppah--to never-ending growth as a human being, capable of giving and receiving love. With loving family and friends, she will never be alone.

We dedicate our child to ma-asim tovim--to a never-ending concern for family and community, justice and charity. While she cares for others, she will never be alone.

Submitted by Mary Litman

Expansion of Blessing for Entering Baby into the Covenant.

The Meaning of the Covenant

Brit or Covenant offers the blessing of belonging--to God, to community, to family, to the earth and is expressed through the living out of specific values

The covenant that we are bringing this baby into is a welcome to the Jewish people and its traditions and a welcome to        's family and their traditions. Just as when         and         were married, they formed a covenantal partnership between their family traditions, so too now the two of you are part of that inclusive covenant.

(OFFICIANT lists values that have been named by parents.)

Submitted by Rabbi Brian Field

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Hebrew for "canopy" or "covering," the structure (open on all four sides) under which a Jewish wedding ceremony takes place. In its simplest for, it consists of a cloth, sheet, or tallit stretched or supported over four poles. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), or the scroll that contains them. Hebrew for "covenant," often referring to the ritual for Jewish boys when they are 8 days old ("brit milah" - "covenant of circumcision"). It is commonly known as "bris," which is the Ashkenazi or Yiddish pronunciation of "brit."

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