Bris /Brit Millah.

April 13, 2011

So you’re making a Bris! Mazal tov!

If you want to give a great and memorable speech at your Brit Milah, but you don’t have time, confidence or the resources to prepare one, then you have come to the right place.  Contact us, and we will prepare your speech for you! The Bris (also known as Brit Milah), is one of the most ancient Jewish laws that exists. The first person to have a Brit Milah was the […]
April 13, 2011

“To Do List” for Your Brit Milah

So much to do – so little time!  Here’s a 13 point “to do list” for your Brit Milah to help you out! 1. When – The brit milah is on the eighth day of your baby’s life, most often in the morning.  The Jewish day begins at nightfall of the previous day. For example, if your son was born late Tuesday night, his brit will be scheduled for the […]
April 13, 2011

The Brit Milah Ceremony

The blessings and prayers have been translated into English, in the ceremony they are said in Hebrew  and can be found in the siddur. –The baby is brought into the room– At the beginning of the ceremony, the mother hands the baby to the kvatterin. Everyone present stands and greets him with the words “Barukh haba” (“May he who comes here be blessed”). The kvatterin then hands the baby to […]
April 13, 2011

Dear Mom, (and Dads, grandparents and friends…)

After having three beautiful girls, my fourth baby was a boy.  Many of my girlfriends had experienced the “trauma” of bris’ing their boys – but I hadn’t – until then…!  A day before my bouncing baby boy’s big day arrived; a friend called.  She gave me some unsolicited advice that turned my attitude to bris’ing my little boy on its head, and now I am burning to do you a […]
April 12, 2011

Customs in the week before the Bris

Shalom Zachor On the Friday night after a baby’s birth (and before his circumcision) Ashkenazi Jews often invite friends and family to join them after the meal to mark the birth. Food, drink, words of Torah and song are shared. Traditions: Often chickpeas and round lentils are served as they are symbolic of fertility and of the cycle of life. One Hebrew name for chickpeas is “arbis” and tradition connects […]
April 12, 2011

Jewish Boys names and their implications

At the time of Abraham’s Bris, God changed Abraham’s name from Avram to Avraham.  In keeping with that tradition, a Jewish boy is given his Hebrew name at the time of his Brit Milah. Judaism places a great deal of significance on a child’s Hebrew name.  It is believed that a child will live up to his name, so you want to give the child a name that you would […]
April 12, 2011

Cut and Dry: How to Talk to Kids About the Brit Milah

By Dasee Berkowitz Jewish parents who are having a bris (or brit milah) for their 8-day-old son, may find the ritual a difficult one to explain–even to other adults. It is not always easy to defend a practice that requires removing a part of the foreskin from a newborn boy’s penis. How then should parents begin a conversation about this covenantal rite of passage with their older children? While there […]
April 12, 2011

Torah verses connected to the birth of a boy

Jacob’s blessing to his grandsons (From Genesis 48:16) May the angel who has delivered me from all harm bless these boys. May they carry on my name and the names of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they grow into a multitude on earth. הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים, וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק, וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ. Hamalach hagoel oti mikol ra yevarech et han’arim […]
April 12, 2011

Speech for your son’s Bris

You’ve got a new baby and your life has turned upside down!  You don’t have the time or resources to write a speech or Dvar Torah for your son’s Bris.  Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place! We will: Provide you with a unique and meaningful speech/Dvar Torah.  We will not recycle or used pre-written speeches! Discuss YOUR needs with you, and write a speech which expresses what YOU […]
April 12, 2011

The “all encompassing” Bris Dictionary

You don’t need to feel lost with all the Hebrew words and technical terminology that will be thrown about at your son’s Brit Milah.  Here’s a list of common words and phrases that you may find helpful. Brit Milah (or bris) – circumcision, literally means “covenant of words” –  the woman who takes the baby from the mother and brings him to the ceremony Kvater – the man who takes […]