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Naming our grandchildren

Naming our grandchildren

Grandparents are elderly, aren’t they? Gray wrinkled fonts of wisdom? They’ve outgrown vanity and cynicism and the love of silly jokes, haven’t they?

Wait. I’m a what? Huh? How’d that happen? And I guess no, we haven’t, and I sort of hope we aren’t.

So now two of us here at the Standard – our new contributing editor, Phil Jacobs, and I – have just become grandparents, me for the astounding first time, him for the old-hand second.

Here, the two of us respond to our grandchildren’s welcoming into the Jewish world and being given their names; Itai Lev Aryeh at his bris, Nava Shira at her naming ceremony.

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