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Where does the idea of making a kiddush (party) Shabbos morning when a girl is born come from? How far back does this practice go?

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    eretzhemdah.org/… – Gershon Gold Jun 21 '16 at 21:36
  • Thanks. That article has at least two nice sources (avel rabasi and Boaz's kids) I hadn't seen in other places I was looking. – user6591 Jun 21 '16 at 21:41
  • What is this practice? Which shabbat is this done on? The first one? Is this any different than a kiddush to celebrate anything else exciting, like an engagement or a graduation? Please edit in support for the existence of such a particular practice. – Double AA Jun 21 '16 at 21:42
  • In what communities have you seen this? Are there particular kinds of foods provided? Is there any particular liturgy recited? – Double AA Jun 21 '16 at 21:44
  • related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/70042/11501 – mbloch Jun 22 '16 at 10:02
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** hope you'll understand my english :) **

It seems there's no formal Mitzva or Halakha for making a party in this situation, but something that was formed over the medieval times. A little more about it you can read here:

Zeved habat

I'd like to add (from the Hebrew Wikipedia of Zeved habat) that the source of the word Zeved (which means present/מתנה) comes from Genesis (Parashat Vayeitzei)- where Leah used it after she gave birth of Zebulun:

כ) וַתֹּאמֶר לֵאָה, זְבָדַנִי אֱלֹהִים אֹתִי זֵבֶד טוֹב--הַפַּעַם יִזְבְּלֵנִי אִישִׁי, כִּי-יָלַדְתִּי לוֹ שִׁשָּׁה בָנִים; וַתִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ, זְבֻלוּן

  • Translation:

(20) And Leah said: 'God hath endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.' And she called his name Zebulun.

Now, according to the Masoret Dina was born with Zebulun, and that is why we find a clue in the word Zeved for both (Zebulun and Dina)- at least in Hebrew (letters זב from זבולון and ד from דינה).

Hope it was helpful :)

Edit: As response for the comment of the post's writer- I found this source בית אהרן וישראל (in Hebrew) which contains an article called: "Source of making Kiddush on Shabbos where a newborn girl gets a name"; מקור למנהג עשיית קידושא רבא בשבת שקוראים שם לבת הנולדת)-- on pp. 128-129 (by Rabby Gutfreund).

Now, I'm not so sure I completely understand his article--and if someone want to edit my answer, please feel free to do it--

but according to him, it seems that people used to have Kiddush on Shabbos after giving the new baby girl a name. In addition to other reasons, he says that the 'Naming' process and the Kiddush set to Shabbos, because "people are at their homes" ("העם מצויים בבתיהם"), i.e., it's convenient. At last, he wrote that there's a connection/dependence between Kiddush and the 'Naming' process, such that some people are not giving a name to the baby until it's possible to make a Kiddush (and of course that can happened only on Shabbos or Yom Tov etc).

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    Sagiv welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for your first answer! If you haven’t done so already, you should take a look at the tour. I hope you find more Q&A of interest and stay learning with us! – mbloch Jun 22 '16 at 10:02
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    +1 That's good, thank you. Similar ideas to the link Gershon provided in the comments to the question. – user6591 Jun 22 '16 at 12:38

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