The Power of Ritual: “The Shabbirthday”
Aunts and uncles of a little girl with Tay-Sachs, Havi, describes the origins of their family’s “Shabbirthday” ritual which they celebrated every Friday of her life. Celebrating Shabbat and her birth, every Friday. It was a time to celebrate Havi intentionally and to let friends and family in. They had 57 Shabbirthdays during her lifetime and continued after her death to honor her life. The ritual helps keep her very present.