I just received Jacob’s phone call:
With gratitude to the Infinite,
We are pleased to announce that Adeena gave birth to a 10lb 7 ounce baby girl, Saturday morning, 9/10/11 at 3:30am.
Everyone is healthy.
The baby’s name is Meira.
It’s pronounced Meh-Ee-Ra, and means “One Who Shines,” in Hebrew.
With the birth of a girl, Orthodox Jews announce the name at the first public Torah reading, which occurs on either Monday, Thursday, or Shabbat. (Saturday). The name serves “as the conduit for divine energy that connects body and soul.”
Reading of the Torah on these specific days dates back to Moses. Talmudic scholars cite Exodus (15:22-27), where the “ancestors traveled for three days and thirsted for water—which allegorically also refers to the Torah.” Being spiritually deprived, Moses and other prophets decided that three days should never pass without a public Torah reading. Monday and Thursday were traditional market days, where villagers would go to the big city, shop, and listen to the reading.
(Information from chabad.orgAsktheRabbi)