Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

On the Birth of a Child

Here’s a prayer to be said “On the Birth of a Child.” A quick note about the format. Gender choices are identified with a slash, such as “him / her” and “mother / father / parent.” Content choices are identified in brackets, such as “[woman, man][us].”

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On the Birth of a Child
Precious child,
Wonder of creation,
You are proof of Divine love,
Witness to our Maker’s Glory,
Witness to the blessed partnership
Between [woman, man][us] and G-d.
What makes me worthy of you?
What makes me able to gently guide you on your sacred path,
Your own journey to wisdom, charity, righteousness and Torah?

Father of the universe,
Mother of creation,
Be my guide and teacher,
As I father/mother/parent this new life,
This precious gift.
Give me humility, compassion and wisdom
To teach her/him Torah and Mitzvot
Through my actions and my life,
So that we become each other’s blessings.

Gracious G-d, be my partner in raising this child,
For this gift is not mine.
It is ours to nurture, to grow,
And to give back to the world for tikun olam.

© 2010 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: For prayers about family, click here. See also: “On the Birth of Grandchildren.”

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4 Responses to “On the Birth of a Child”

    • tobendlight

      Delightful is, well, a delightful word. Thanks, Irwin. I’d love to know what made you chuckle. Was it my (possibly awkward) attempt to make this prayer spacious enough to be useful to both ‘traditional’ families and ‘non-traditional’ families? Or something else? Alden

      Reply

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