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BABY SHOWERS
March 2007
Rabbi Diana Villa

Question


I have a friend who is giving a shower for an expectant Jewish mother on Shabbat morning. My husband and I usually go to shul [synagogue] at that time. I was thinking of sending a present but not attending. I always thought it was inappropriate in Conservative Judaism to give a baby shower for an expectant mother. Is this true

Answer

Many Jews feel it is preferable not to buy things for a baby before it is actually born, but there is no halakhic (Jewish law) prohibition to do so. However it is certainly not appropriate to have it on Shabbat since people may be violating the Shabbat by, for example, traveling or carrying money, in order to attend. In addition it may be preferable to schedule the event after services rather than during services. Your suggestion of not attending and sending a present seems appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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