Zeved Habat Origin

A name [for the ritual]¬†that recalls the traditional ceremony among select Sephardic communities. A ‘zeved’, is a gift, as emerges from the verse in Torah where the matriarch Leah names her son Zevulun, explaining, ‘God has endowed me with a good dowry (zeved)’ (Genesis 30:20). In the following verse we are told, ‘And afterwards she bore a daughter and called her name Dina.’ The word zeved is a contraction of the first two letters of ‘Zevulun’ and the first letter of ‘Dina’. In choosing the name ‘zeved’, the parents give expression to their sentiment that their daughter is a gift from God.

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