Announcing: Meira 9/10/11

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)

My new grand-daughter(sweater knit by me.)

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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8 Responses to Announcing: Meira 9/10/11

  1. Lynn says:

    Congratulations to all of you!! Love and Thoughts, Lynn

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  2. Congratulations. What a wonderful weekend. New granddaughter and first Triathalon. SHe is so beautiful.

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  3. Leslie Carno-Harf says:

    Mazal Tov on the birth of Meira! May she be blessing for your family always!

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  4. sahmjs says:

    Adorable pictures! There is nothing quite like the birth of a new baby. We just had our 2nd child and I am enjoying these early months even more this time around (I think because I am not as nervous as I was with the 1st!!). Ps-Your family might appreciate this parenting resource called the Mom’s Guide to Caring for Little Teeth (http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/). It’s got helpful tips for all ages.

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  5. sahmjs says:

    What cute pictures. 🙂 There is nothing quite like the birth of a new baby. We just had our 2nd child and I am enjoying these early months even more this time around (I think because I am not as nervous as I was with the 1st!!). Ps-Your family might appreciate this parenting resource called the Mom’s Guide to Caring for Little Teeth (http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/). It’s got helpful tips for all ages.

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  6. beachbarb says:

    A little girl – how speciela! She is gorgeous. Mazel Tov!

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  7. Peter Meyer says:

    Congratulations to you all from New Zealand! Peter and family

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  8. northernnarratives says:

    Congratulations 🙂

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