The Blessings That are Made on the Birth of a Son or Daughter (part II)

When twin boys are born, the blessing is recited once, but with both children in mind. When a son is born, the parents are permitted to recite the “shehechiyanu” blessing, but it should be recited before saying “hatov vehameitiv” because the “shehechiyanu” blessing includes “hatov vehameitiv”. Those who have the custom of reciting the “shehechiyanu”…

Don’t Let Him Fall

“Reb Zechariya,” asked the Rosh Yeshiva at the weekly staff meeting, “what’s new with Rafael?” Has he learned to speak with a clean tongue?” “I actually intended to bring up the problem of Rafael’s speech in our meeting today. It seems to be getting worse, not better,” retorted Reb Zechariya. “Let’s take a step back…

The Blessings That are Made on the Birth of a Son or Daughter (part I)

According to the Gemorah (Brachos 59b), the blessing “hatov vehamativ” is made when a boy is born. Nevertheless, many communities do not recite the blessing because of the uncertainty that the child will survive. Today, medical examination can generally establish the viability of the newborn, even when it is born prematurely and placed in an…