No. Not mine, thank you very much.
I’m talking about friends of mine.
Who just had a baby girl.
And, for their baby naming ceremony, I wanted to give them a gift.
A new tune – specifically with the baby’s name in it.
That could be sung at the ceremony, but also could be kept with them forever and remembered as a gift from our kibbutz community.
You see, this couple is not an ordinary couple.
They are the ones that bring ruach (spirit) to our prayer services.
The husband, Dr. Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, is the founder and guiding teacher of Or HaLev – A center for Jewish spirituality and meditation in Israel.
The wife, Debbie, regularly leads our community in prayer filled with joy and song.
And, I am indebted to them for who they are and what they give to our community.
So, I thought it would be perfect to give back something to them.
To let them receive a bit of what they have been giving to all of us for the past six years.
But, there was one problem.
They had no name for the baby.
And they said they may only choose the name the morning of the ceremony.
Which left me with nothing to work with.
Because without a name, how could I possibly create something that could be meaningful enough for such an occasion?
I was stuck on utter disappointment.
Checked what may have been Underneath all of this: Perhaps feelings around “no good deed goes unpunished”? I feel like this theme follows me around my life sometimes.
And considered if I could Choose another perspective. Yes, of course I could. I realized I didn’t have to create a song with the baby’s name in it and instead choose words from one of our traditional prayers and create a tune around that. A tune that could possibly later be introduced into our regular prayer services. That Debbie or James would lead, of course.
I realized could offer this as my gift rather than the one I had in mind.
The one I was stuck on.
And so, I did. I created a chant using the words from our morning prayers which speak about G-d’s great love and great compassion that He has for us.
And you know what?
I created a beautiful tune.
And the song offering that morning was not only well received, it was fun!
And I felt complete with this gift to them.
And, I reminded myself that it was oK that I got stuck on needing a baby’s name to create the perfect gift in the first place.