Judaism 101

Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.

How to Say the Jewish Blessing over Children

A blessing is a short moment out of time to express your appreciation for something or someone. Judaism encourages blessings for food, drink, study, washing your hands, using the bathroom – it goes on and on. But so many parents connect very deeply with the custom of blessing their children on Friday nights. It’s ancient and beautiful and easy to learn how to do. Whether you bless your child the traditional way, or add your own twist, it will be a highlight of the week for both of you.

Gomel: A Jewish Blessing for New Moms

Having kids is sometimes hard. Giving birth to a baby is REALLY hard. Judaism has a neat ritual to mark getting through the experience. Watch this video to learn the Gomel, a prayer new mothers can say to mark the end of a great accomplishment, and anyone can say after surviving a life threatening situation.

Brit Milah: Jewish Traditions for Welcoming a Baby Boy

The Brit Milah (or ‘bris’) is a sign of a baby boy’s covenant with G-d. Watch the video to learn about finding a mohel, what a Brit Milah is all about, and some popular modern spins on this ancient tradition.

Brit Bat: Jewish Traditions for Welcoming a Baby Girl

While there are no specific ancient traditional rituals for welcoming a baby girl into the community, many families have found ways to fill that void. Watch the video to learn about some of the new traditions involved in a Brit Bat.

Jewish Questions on Adoption & Surrogacy

Questions can arise about what makes someone Jewish when families blend together or grow through surrogacy or adoption. However you find yourself becoming a parent and raising a child you might get a few questions about what makes a Jewish child Jewish. We have answered a few common questions to help make your parenting path easier for you.

Traditions of Jewish Baby Naming

Some expectant parents spend literally years picking out baby names and others figure it out in an instant when they see their new child for the first time. Judaism has a lot to say about names and choosing the right one. Watch and discover!

Jason Talks About Jewish Surrogacy

Rabbi Jen and Jason welcomed two Jewish children – twins (a boy and a girl) into their family through a surrogate pregnancy. They knew they would do a bris and a baby naming, but wanted something creative and new to mark the event. Finding that private, special kernel made it all the more special.

 

DIY Baby Naming Story: Hudi Sings Hello to His Baby Boy

When Hudi had a new baby, he learned that many new parents give a speech during a Jewish baby naming giving reason they choose the child’s name. He and his wife wanted a more DIY Baby Naming feel to the ceremony so they choose to sing. They chose a song close to them, to Gonzo the Muppet, and to anyone who’s ever experienced emotions: I’m Going to Go Back There Someday, from the Muppet Movie. The song became the emotional centerpiece of the ceremony and tears flowed all around.

 

Alternative Naming Ceremony for Diane’s Jewish Son

When Diane’s son, Aidan, was born, they weren’t able to do a traditional Jewish bris and baby naming on the eighth day of his life, so instead they decided to hold an alternative naming ceremony when her son turned one. Diane talks about the experience of this new tradition, and shares the story of picking a Hebrew name.

 

HaYom Yom Huledet – the Hebrew Happy Birthday Song

Learn the Hebrew Happy Birthday song with this lyrics video! Ha Yom Yom Huledet is sung in Israel to celebrate…and in Jewish schools, camps and synagogues all over the world. No need to feel shy when you can learn the lyrics anytime with BimBam. We are proud to present our favorite Jewish songleader Isaac Zones in this singalong – so raise your voice – and happy birthday to you!

Looking for a Jewish baby name? There’s an app for that!

Jewish baby names app

Thanks to a partnership between BimBam and Kveller, you can
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This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

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