Friday, September 22, 2006
Simchat Bat l'Mira Chana

Yesterday was the Zeved habat or Simchat bat of Mia - her Hebrew name is Mira Chana - to welcome her into the Jewish family. Rabbi Karen Strok, who Shannon and I have known since she was 14 (!) performed the ceremony. We were all in the same youth group, SCFTY (pronounced skiff - tee) together.

In Los Angeles, The City that Never Works (you can credit me for that saying), 75 people showed up on a Thursday afternoon to celebrate.

Mia was picture perfect and asleep for most of the ceremony.

Shannon and Joe had seven friends and family give blessings that they wrote on seven values:

Love of learning
Love of the game
(and one more I can't remember this morning)

Michael and I gave the blessing on independence - this is what I wrote:

Your mom and dad, they are true individuals.

Your mom is a great shining presence in a 5’3 frame who is courageous, honest and outspoken.

Your dad is a giant among men. He is heroic and generous.

In becoming these people, they were sometimes lonely and frightened, but in those times, they learned to own themselves. They also learned to take credit for their successes and for their mistakes.

Michael and I wish for you a little loneliness in life. As consequence and right, your choices then, are all your own.

You will earn your inheritance - an open mind of true wisdom - and we will cheer for you in those moments and in all the moments you discover what makes you unique.

L'shana tova, y'all!!!!

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Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

L'Shna Tova Tikatevu!!! Congratulations, Auntie Faith...the baby is gorgeous!

We've been missin' you at WeHo SnB, but it looks like you've been busy!

Blogger Uccellina said...

L'Shana Tova indeed. I will now go eat apples and honey in your honor.

Blogger miss kendra said...

l'shana tova!

another baby with the high holidays proximity to birthday problem! (when she grows up, i can counsel her on how to handle this.)

Blogger Allison said...

The City that Never Works - that is priceless! I got quite a laugh out of that.

Blogger Gwen said...

L'shana tova! And what a fantastic blessing!

Blogger Faith said...

I'll be back to WeHo next week. I promise!

Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

God, Shannon is gorgeous for just having had a baby! Beeeyatch. But they look so happy I just can't begrudge them. Congrats to you and them, and Happy New Year (right? Did I get the right holiday?)

Blogger tk said...

L'Shan Tova! and Bright Blessing to the new family.

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