Monday, August 08, 2005

Naomi Batsheva's Baby Naming

1) Grandma Rita (aka Great-Grandma) meets Naomi for the first time. Sarah (proud mother) watches. I've been waiting a long time to have a picture like this.

2) Great-Grandma and Naomi share the love.

3) Zadie Reuven (Chazarmaveth's esteemed father) meets Naomi. Instantaneous love.

4) Mom-Mom Renee (Chazarmaveth's lovely mother) reads Naomi's brainwaves using her ESPN.

5) Proud Mama Sarah getting Naomi ready to receive her name, finally.

6) The Gansa Mishpacha doing a "Blessing of the Children," using the good ol' "Priestly Blessing" formula that we all know and love. Especially us Levites.

7) The Pig of Death himself, telling everyone why in G-d's Holy Name we chose the name that we chose for our daughter (more on that below).

8) Georgia Rose, our midwife, who freaking rules. We love you Georgia!!! Thank you so much!!! On Georgia's lap: Bar's 2-year old cutie, Atara. In Atara's lap: plastic baby from my contest photo. Also pictured: Emma, a nursing student, aspiring midwife, and our ersatz doula for the birthing -- thanks also so much!!!

9) Naches, naches and more naches....

And now for a word about the name (for those who didn't remember, it's Naomi Batsheva, which looks like this in Hebrew: נעמי בת-שבע):

We named her Naomi (which is pronounced "Nah-oh-mee," even though we thought it was pronounced "Nah-ah-mee" at first, but which will probably be pronounced "Nay-oh-mee" by most everyone in the U.S.) because the Hebrew root of her name, spelled with Hebrew letters Nun(נ)/Ayin(ע)/Mem(מ), means "pleasant," "beautiful," or "nice." When you meet someone for the first time in Israel, you would say "Nice to meet you" or "Enchanted" by saying Na'im me'od, or, literally, "Very pleasant (to meet you)," which uses the same root as "Naomi." Also, the Biblical Naomi was instrumental in initializing the Messianic bloodline through which the Jewish people and the world will eventually be redeemed, according to the prophecies of yore. See more details in the Book of Ruth. Anyway, we chose this name, quite simply, because our daughter is so pleasant and beautiful to us, thank G-d.

We gave her a second name of Batsheva, spelled with the Hebrew letters Bet(ב)/Taf(ת)/Shin(ש)/Vet(ב)/Ayin(ע), which translates literally as "Daughter of Seven" or "Daughter of Oath," because:

1) She was born on the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week. Thus she is a "daughter of the seventh day," or a Bat(בת - daughter) Sheva(שבע - seven).

2) She was also born on Parshas Matos, a section of the Torah that deals with the laws concerning various forms of oaths. A שבע is a type of oath.

3) Bathsheba is also a Biblical character whose bloodline directly contributes to our eventual Messianic redemption. That's two for one, babay!

4) Most importantly, the name comes from my beloved grandmother, Basha bas Feigl (may her memory be always for a blessing), who passed away less than two months ago at the age of 86. Her name, Basha, is the Yiddish diminutive of Batsheva. I am so thrilled that we could give our new daughter a link to her family and to my wonderful grandmother through this name.

That's it. It's 12AM and I hope I still have a job when I get to Creative Bubble tomorrow...

Mazal tov, mazal tov, mazal tov. Thanks so much to everyone who came to the baby naming, and to everyone else who has called, sent gifts, food, support and so much of their love over the past week -- we love you all very, very much!!!


At 9:39 AM, August 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov, beautiful name. Ris and I are going to Eretz Yisroel in a few weeks and now I know how to greet people.
Yaccov Meyer

At 9:41 AM, August 09, 2005, Blogger WanderingStu said...

Na'im M'od indeed, Yirmy! And such cute Yiddische parents you have. Mazal Tov a more million times, from the Bat Ayin to the Bat-Sheva

by the way, Bar's kid sure looks big for 2-- is it the hummus?

At 12:28 PM, August 09, 2005, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

Great pictures and a beautiful name.....what can I get for the booba?

At 1:23 PM, August 09, 2005, Blogger barseff said...


yep, she just turned 2 on friday, her hebrew b-day. she'll really be 2 on the 7th of av. she's tall for age. i don't know if you've heard this, but people are telling us that generally people grow to be twice their height at age 2, so she'll be atleast as tall as me.

anyway, our son Yechezkel Aryeh Leib is also big. he's 7 weeks.

i just started a Shutterfly album, check it out. Chazar, it's a good site to put up pics and print them out cheap:

At 1:24 PM, August 09, 2005, Blogger barseff said...

excuse me aug. 5 was her english b-day

At 1:43 PM, August 10, 2005, Blogger DoubleR said...

Isn't she Lovely!!
Thanks so much for posting and sharing such heartfelt pics of Great Grandma, proud Grandparents and parents with precious Naomi. These are days that will live in all our hearts and minds till we are dust. Raise that person of unlimited potential with all the love and patience; guidance and understanding that is possible. Blessings to you.
Love, the SW Unc, Aunt and Cousins

At 7:15 PM, August 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are so happy for you. she is beautiful and we wish we could be there to see you all and celebrate. thanks so much for sending all of the pictures and the information. i am glad to see such a healthy and happy family! mazal tov! love, gwen, jeremy & ezra


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