A decorative garment in the form of a long sash made from the baby's swaddling cloth. In pre-Shoah (pre-Holocasut) Eastern Europe, fabric from the clothing that swaddled an infant at his b'rit milah was made into a wimple that could be used as a Torah binder. The wimple was used to wrap the Torah at the child's consecration and at his bar mitzvah, and was included in the fabric to make the wedding chuppah. Almost extinguished during the Shoah, the tradition of the wimple has been revived in contemporary Jewish culture. Now, Jewish parents and grandparents make wimples for both boys and girls. Sometimes the wimple is still made from the swaddling cloth. More commonly now, the baby is swaddled in the wimple itself.
Lit. "Opening of the Womb." As an alternative to pidyon haben, a creative way to celebrate the birth of a first child in which family and friends of the firstborn recite blessings, make pledges of tzedakah (righteous giving) in honor of the firstborn child, and celebrate with a s'udat mitzvah (celebratory meal). See kiddush peter rechem.
"Happiness." Refers to any happy occasion.
Individual who is given the honor of holding the baby during the bris ceremony.
"Redemption of the first-born son/daughter;" traditional home ceremony on the 31st day of a child's life in which the parents "redeem" their first-born son from priestly service. Although this ritual is more commonly practiced within the Orthodox community, contemporary families use the opportunity to welcome both sons and daughters.