July 7, 2011

Your Brit Milah/bris ceremony guide- just a click away

From the Sandek to the Mohel, from the Kvaterrin to the Seudah – there is so much to do and remember for your son’s Bris/Brit Milah.  Fill in the form below and we will send you a guide to the Brit Milah ceremony!
April 13, 2011

The Jewish birth mother’s prayer

composed by Shelley List and Yael Penkower. English: Master of the creation: You have made me your partner in creating a new life on this great and wonderful day. My heart is filled with joy! Let my husband and family stand with me and praise Your mercy. For You did not desert me in my wailing, nor forget me in labor: but You fashioned from this great pain a great […]
April 13, 2011

Customs before a Brit

Tikun Eliyahu The Tikun Eliyahu (also called Leil Shimurim – night of vigil or Vechnacht) takes place on the night before the Brit Milah. The idea is to have a night of Torah study beside the baby’s crib. This custom is based on the notion that a newborn should not be left unattended during his first week of life, since his life is considered to be in danger until after […]
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 […]