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Why is a baby's name given in the synagogue?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

David: why wait to name a baby in the Temple

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: what do you mean

David: My employers daughter gave birth last night to a baby girl, but the babys name will not be revealed till tomorrow morning. Why??

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: i see

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: well firstly, Mazal Tov

David: Yes, Mazel Tov to all of them

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: to answer your question, it is because the baby's name is a holy thing and is connected with the charactaristics of the soul - it is therefore given at a special ceremony during the reading of the Torah in a synagogue

David: How is the baby's name connected to a reading of the Torah? A name is personal. How does the Torah affect the babys name to that baby

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: The reading of the Torah is a holy time, and the synagogue is a holy place. Therefore when we do something as awesome as assigning a name to a soul we wish to do it in the proper awesome environment (rather than just fillling out a form on some desk in a hospital office)

David: As you can probably see, I am a non Jew, but would like to understand my employers way of life. The daughter and son in law will not utter the name they have chosen.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: that is correct. they will not refer to the baby by this name, until they have officially and properly assigned this name to this soul

David: You have answered my question. Again Mazal Tov to all involved. She ia a beautiful princess.

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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
King of Israel who succeeded Saul, becoming king of Israel in 876 BCE. Originally a shepherd, he became popular after he killed the Philistine strongman, Goliath. He is the progenitor of the Davidic royal dynasty -- which will return to the throne with the arrival of King Messiah.
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.