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Dear Rabbi, why is circumcision performed at eight days old? Why not wait till the child is old enough to choose to have it done because he wants to? Thank you.

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My Jewish daughter and her non-Jewish husband are having a baby boy. We are planning a Bris. Their plan is to name the baby for the baby’s Jewish grandparents. Rabbi, our question is this: Is it acceptable to give a third name for a non-Jewish grandparent? We certainly want to be respectful to both sides of the family. Thank you very much.

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Hi Rabbi, we are new grandparents and have not been told what the newborn will be called at the baby’s naming ceremony. Is it usual to wait until after the ritual to tell the grandparents? Thank you.

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Dear Rabbi, we just had twins – a boy and a girl. What are the customary ceremonies in Judaism following the birth of a baby boy or girl? I am only aware of the circumcision for a boy. Thank you.

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Is it appropriate to send flowers to a mother who just gave birth?

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Hi Rabbi, we are expecting our first child, a boy. How do we decide who should be Sandek (the person who holds the baby at the circumcision)? Each of our fathers wants the honor but it’s stressing my wife out (and me too!). Any advice you have for us about choosing while avoiding family politics and drama would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

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I’ve noticed that while Ashkenazim name their children after animals, Sephardim do not. I’ve also noticed that Sephardim will name their children after living people but Ashkenazim do not. Why is this?