Saturday, February 27, 2010

Welcoming Elijah


Baby namings are always special events for me in the life of Temple Micah.  Today was no exception.

Last week I got the first glimpse of baby Elijah as he slept in the arms of one of his two fathers, his dark skin quite a contrast to their whiteness.  They beamed as they told me how he had come into their lives just weeks before with only 4 days notice.  How does anyone prepare for a baby with so little time?

But he settled right in with them at one week of age, sleeping through the night almost from the beginning.  Their smiles conveyed the love that is now enveloping their family of three.

After the rabbi had blessed the baby, his dads explained the origin of his four names.  His given name Elijah comes from the old testament prophet.  They quoted from Malachi 4:6 which speaks of Elijah:  “And he shall return the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.”  It is Elijah we invite each year to our Passover seder, with the thought that he will bring us into the Messianic Age.

They concluded by noting how many barriers had already been broken, such that two gay men (one of whom was not Jewish) could proudly stand before our congregation and introduce to us their black baby Elijah.

It was definitely a mazel tov occasion.  We sang and clapped and shed a few tears of happiness.

8 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

New babies definitely require singing, clapping and a tear or two of happiness. It sounds like a wonderful event.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

I am reading so many baby stories today and it warms my heart. The ultimate symbols of hope for our tired old world.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Rayna said...

What a joy! Mazel tov to the new parents -- all three of them are lucky to have each other and all that love.

1:15 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Next Sunday our little grandchild will be christened in a lovely ceremony. Any of these welcoming celebrations are so beautiful and full of love. All my blessings to Elijah, and to Caroline. May their lives be wonderful.

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful for your entire temple community! Lucky kid to be growing up with that!

F.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Yay! Cheers to everyone! :)

6:50 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Wow, I love this! Fantastic! Congratulation to the two dads and kudos to everyone showing support for the new family. Really wonderful.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I loved the fact that the non-Jewish dad gave baby Elijah his last name, while the Jewish dad gave him his religion. Both were gifts that will last a lifetime!

11:37 PM  

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