The first Jewish baby of 5773:
Netzach Mordechai Brody
Born September 17, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.
Weight: 6.68 lbs.
Length: 18.5 in.
Sarah Brody knew she was going to give birth on Rosh Hashanah.
“I had such a strong feeling,” she says. Though her baby boy was not due until two days after the Jewish New Year, sure enough, her labor started erev Rosh Hashanah and Netzach Mordechai entered the world the next afternoon.
“He was born to the sound of the shofar,” says Sarah.
Literally. “My husband brought a shofar, because it was Rosh Hashanah. He was actually blowing the shofar in the delivery room,” she says. “The nurses were really curious about everything he was doing.”
This is the fourth child for Sarah and her husband, Rabbi Shmuel Brody. Their older kids are 7-1/2, 6 and 4 years old, so bringing the baby home “was like bringing home a big present” for them.
Not only was Netzach born on “the birthday of the world,” “He was born on my birthday!” says Sarah, who turned 30 on September 17.
The baby is named for Sarah’s grandfather Mordechai, who passed away six weeks before Rosh Hashanah. Netzach means “eternal” in Hebrew, and Sarah says they liked the way it sounded. Also, adding eternity to her grandfather’s name was a nice way to honor him, she says.