Disclosing baby’s name
1 March, 2005
1. What is the source/reason of the custom to reveal the baby's name only at the brit?
2. What is the role of the grandparents during the brit?
Thank you in advance
1) The brit was the first public appearance of the baby. We're not sure he could not be named privately earlier. There may be kabbalistic reasons to avoid identifying him and therefore exposing him to the evil eye before he has the merit of circumcision to protect him.
2) No specific role is prescribed in halacha, but there is a hint at the grandfather being the sandek in Bereishit 50:23.
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