The Shapiro Files

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Beautiful Song

Yesterday was Melody’s baby naming ceremony (also known as a Brit Bat or Simchat Bat), which was held as part of a triple-ceremony along with her cousins Jared and Brett. We’d like to thank everyone who attended and would especially like to extend our deepest gratitude to Uncle Shelly for taking time out of his already incredibly busy schedule to officiate the ceremony (a triple-naming no less) and to Marcie’s parents for hosting the event (VERY yummy bagels!).

And now, we can officially announce Melody’s Hebrew name:

Shira Chana

Like Melody, the name “Shira” means “song.” Besides the obvious reasons for choosing this name, we also chose it because music is perhaps humankind’s most basic form of creative expression. Anyone can make music with nothing more than their own voice. Also, in Judaism, most of our prayers are sung — thus elevating prayer above mere human speech. So this all makes the name Shira all that more meaningful.

As for Melody’s Hebrew middle name, Chana, this was Marcie’s maternal grandmother’s Hebrew name. This alone makes the name very special. But also, the name has several different meaning such as “grace,” “gracious,” or “beautiful.” So the combined name Shira Chana means “beautiful song.” I can’t think of anything more appropriate for our daughter than that!


  • Her name is so beautiful..........just like her!!

    Wish we could have been there with you for this wonderful day!

    Lots of love,
    Aunt Linda

    By Anonymous Aunt Linda, at 5/30/2006 8:22 PM  

  • I'm sure it was a beautiful ceremony!

    Wish we could've been there too!

    If you can send pictures, please do!


    By Anonymous Jody, at 5/31/2006 11:04 AM  

  • Hi Steve!

    I am waiting to see pictures from the Baby naming extravaganza! I checked your Shutterfly album, but don't see them yet!

    Get crackin' please!!

    Aunt Linda

    By Anonymous Aunt Linda, at 6/03/2006 8:12 AM  

  • He could post some pictures on his blog.. (HINT HINT)

    We all wish you well...

    I am making some rounds...I finally have a new blog up...and I just wanted to say hello :)

    The Egel Nest

    By Blogger Bradley Egel, at 6/04/2006 10:02 PM  

  • Aunt Linda, Jody and Brad,

    Thanks for your comments. Actually, I'm just as anxious to see the photos as you are! Sherwin served as photographer of the event, but he and Rosie are now on a 10-day cruise (I think that's how long it is). Hopefully I can raid Sherwin's computer when he returns and copy all the photos to my iPod (or burn them to a CD or something). As soon as I get them, I'll post a couple here and put a bunch more on the Shutterfly album!


    By Blogger Steve Shapiro, at 6/05/2006 1:39 PM  

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