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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Nachas simchas

You know when your baby-crazy self is cooing over the newborns on Only Simchas for the second consecutive hour and you start getting this Proustian synesthetic flashback to the sweet smell of that white-wine-dijon new baby poop and...

What, you don't hang out on Only Simchas? Well, then you're just missing out.

It's a window onto a parallel world, let me tell you. It never ceases to amaze me that people still have six kids, and still name them Faigie, Yankel, Shlomo, Yitzie, Tzvi and Rivki. Very sweet. Of course, I do know a reform Rabbi that named her kids Zilla and Bluma. But I think she was kind of being a smart ass.

I also like to check out the upsherin listings. For those not in the know, orthodox Jews, particularly the Hungarians, don't cut their sons' hair until the third birthday. The first haircut ceremonies are called upsherins. I know that some reform families are "reclaiming" this practice, but if any male child we have is blessed with the shag Cedra's always had, he'd look like Joey Ramone by six months. I think we'll pass.

8 Comments:

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous tpon said...

Bean's hair doesn't grow that much, but where it does grow is unfortunate (as in straight over his ears). I do not think that I would have the patience to wait it out.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Alisyn said...

I, personally, *LOVE* long locks on little boys. Love them! I'm a sucker for that kind of hippy shit.

My brother likes to joke that it's a good thing we had two girls, because any boy belonging to us would be a "long haired fairy."

He's totally right -- and we'd love it!

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger llamaschool said...

Alisyn, your brother sounds like one of mine. The other one is a long-haired fairy.

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger posthipchick said...

I keep threatening my (now Catholic) mother that if we have a boy, his name is Schlomo, and a girl will be Fegela (actually my great-grandmother's name). It shuts her up when she is name-harassing me.

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous reader said...

The upsherin custom is relatively new, disputed and controversial. Great (very orthodox) Rabbis have opposed it. So people shouldn't jump to 'reclaim' something that their ancestors quite likely may have opposed.

More info re (Orthodox) opposition to the custom at http://www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/v50/mj_v50i99.html#CYU

 
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