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Your Guide to Planning a Bris


Rabbi Alex Wiener understands the significance of a bris ceremony, a cherished and meaningful tradition in the Jewish faith. With his expertise and compassionate approach, Rabbi Wiener strives to assist families in planning a bris that reflects their beliefs, honors their traditions, and ensures the well-being of the child. From the earliest stages of preparation to the actual ceremony, Rabbi Wiener is committed to providing guidance and answering any questions that arise.

Preparation Before Birth:

Rabbi Wiener recognizes the importance of being accessible and supportive even before the birth of the child. He encourages families to reach out to him during the pregnancy to discuss the upcoming bris and address any concerns or questions they may have. Whether it pertains to the procedure itself, the ceremony, or the customs associated with the bris, Rabbi Wiener is available to provide information and guidance, ensuring families feel informed and at ease.

Understanding the Procedure:

One of the primary areas where Rabbi Wiener offers support is in explaining the procedure itself. He understands that the idea of circumcision can be a source of anxiety or uncertainty for parents. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Rabbi Wiener can explain the significance and rationale behind the bris, as well as the steps involved in the circumcision process. He aims to provide families with a comprehensive understanding, enabling them to make informed decisions and approach the ceremony with confidence.

Addressing Ceremony Details:

In addition to the procedure, Rabbi Wiener assists families in navigating the various elements of the bris ceremony. He is available to discuss and clarify the order of blessings, prayers, and rituals that accompany the bris. Whether it involves selecting a sandek, preparing the ceremonial items, or determining the appropriate readings, Rabbi Wiener is there to offer guidance and ensure that families are comfortable and knowledgeable about the ceremony’s flow.

Timely Communication and Accessibility:

Rabbi Wiener emphasizes the importance of open communication and accessibility throughout the planning process. Families can rely on his responsiveness, whether it be via phone, email, or in-person meetings. He is dedicated to addressing any questions or concerns promptly, thereby alleviating any anxieties and allowing families to focus on the joyous occasion.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    In certain situations, the bris may be postponed if the baby has a medical condition that would make circumcision unsafe or if there are other health concerns. It is important to consult with a medical professional and a rabbi to determine the appropriate course of action.

    If the eighth day of the child’s life falls on Shabbat or a Jewish holiday, the bris can still take place on that day. Circumcision is considered a mitzvah (commandment) that supersedes certain restrictions on Shabbat and holidays. C-Sections and births during Bein Hashmashot must be pushed off until Sunday.
    While it is not mandatory, it is customary to have a celebratory meal, often referred to as a seudat mitzvah, following the bris ceremony. This meal is an opportunity to gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth and the covenant with God.
    The total time of the ceremony is about fifteen minutes, however the circumcision itself is only about thirty seconds!
    If your son has a condition like hypospadias, torsion, or a webbed penis, Rabbi Alex Wiener understands the importance of ensuring a safe and appropriate bris ceremony. He collaborates closely with top urologists who specialize in pediatric urology to address any medical considerations. Prior to the bris, Rabbi Wiener will consult with the urologist to determine the best approach and timing for the circumcision procedure, ensuring that it aligns with the child’s health needs. This collaboration helps to ensure that the bris ceremony is conducted safely and at the most appropriate time for your child’s well-being.

    It is recommended to contact Rabbi Alex Wiener as soon as possible after your child’s birth. This allows ample time for scheduling and preparation, ensuring a smooth and well-planned Bris ceremony. However, you are more than welcome to call before the birth with any questions!

    Rabbi Alex Wiener will guide you through the selection of appropriate prayers, blessings, and readings for the Bris ceremony. He will help you personalize the ceremony to reflect your family’s values and traditions

    Rabbi Alex Wiener utilizes techniques and methods to minimize discomfort and ensure the baby’s well-being throughout the ceremony, including topical anesthetic (provided by Mohel), and sweeties for baby to suck on.

    Rabbi Alex Wiener will provide post-Bris support, addressing any questions you may have. He understands the significance of this milestone and is committed to supporting you during this time.