From the Archive
Blessing for the Birth of a Daughter
Aliah Haviv Gilad
…One glance at you and a surging wave of wonder, love and softness floods all the capillaries of the body.
Never ending feelings beat together when meeting you, a dream that has been realized.
Never ending feelings, thoughts, fears, hopes, are bundled up and interwoven between us and this small wonder
This wonder, which is you
Your tiny mouth, the eyes, the little and perfect fingers
The ginger curls which are getting longer, this wonderful softness….
A heart melting smile, funny faces, and rolling laughter like bells
The gestures that you have learnt: bye bye, tut-tut when calling the cat, clapping your hands and hands on your head
To put lids on jars, to make us laugh, to be angry
You are growing before our eyes, every day a new wonder that lifts the heart to overflowing
Through you we are discovering the wonders of life, the miracle of learning – nothing is taken for granted
You have only just arrived in the world and already you have become our teacher
You have taught us:
To put on a diaper
To spoil you, to kiss you
To put you to sleep, to breastfeed you
To place boundaries, to make us laugh…..
To ask, to educate, to improvise and investigate
To look forward, inwards and also backwards
To translate expressions of a new language
This….and that….and this…and what?
Songs, stories, games, puzzles
You have taught us to love with new intensity
And also to jump all night on a round ball
To cope with difficulties and to continue to grow
You have taught us to be attentive,
You have taught us to be parents
Everything that we thought that we knew to date, you taught us to see in a new light
With living eyes of parents
Parents of a daughter, parents of a person
A one and only special and wonderful person
Like every child, like all the creations of the world
You connected us with a link in a long chain
To our parents, our families, our congregation, our society
Let us continue to enjoy the wonders of your growth
And learn of the beauty of the world through you
Let us succeed in becoming more worthy for you