December 9, 2019
  • 9:16 pm Russian Orthodox Priest Pectoral cross award Carved Wooden Crucifix #12
  • 9:16 pm التجسّد وتألّه الإنسان – الحلقة ٢ من ٧ – الخلق والسقوط
  • 9:16 pm Nanowar Of Steel – Norwegian Reggaeton (feat. Charly Glamour & Gigatron)
  • 9:16 pm 5 Things You MUST Know About The PROFOUND 12-12 FULL MOON Energy Shift on December 12th!
  • 9:16 pm The harvest is ready to be reaped! … really?
Rabbi Jen & Jason Talk About A Ritual for Surrogacy – A Jewish Baby Story

Three… Two… One… So we dealt with fertility struggles for about
three years, and it was challenging. We prayed, and through the magic of science
and medicine and G-d it all came together. Thank G-d we have these two beautiful children
who are reading quietly. And we then felt “well, what do we do Jewishly?” They didn’t have, thousands of years ago,
surrogacy. We definitely knew we were going to do the
bris, we definitely knew we were going to do the baby naming, but it’s like, “what else
can we do?” Because this is surrogacy, this is special,
these kids are special. They were from a surrogate who wasn’t Jewish,
but we are all four of us very Jewish. Mommy’s Jewish, Daddy’s Jewish, he’s Jewish,
she’s Jewish, but what could we do? We had to think of something new and something
different and something unique to our family. And so, we created a mikveh ceremony, which
is a traditional ritual that is used at special moments in life. And we all dipped in the mikveh, with some
of our closest friends there, to make a commitment to living an active and interested and engaged
Jewish life together. And so we did that specifically before we
did the public baby naming and bris, because we wanted to have that private, special kernel
that kind of belonged to us, that brought us together. They’re connected to this 2000 year Jewish
tradition, and then they were created through a whole lot of different traditions and backgrounds
and ideas and understandings. And so we wanted to just kind of bring it
all together so that that’s all part of who they become ultimately and part of who they
are Jewishly.

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