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“Any Mitzvah which the Jewish people accepted with joy, such as Bris Milah, they continue to fulfill the Mitzvah with joy”-Tractate Shabbos 130a

The Bris Milah ceremony is one of the oldest traditions in Jewish history. It is the link which connects every Jewish family with their ancestors across countless generations. It is my honor that you have chosen me to participate in this this momentous occasion with you and I am dedicated to making your son’s Bris Milah truly meaningful for you.

For many families, it has been a while since they last attended a Bris ceremony. Don’t worry- you’re not alone. I am here to guide you through the entire process. Please feel free to reach out, and we can discuss how your whole family can be involved in the various aspects and honors associated with the Bris ceremony, making it meaningful for everyone. 

The Bris Milah Ceremony consists of three parts:

Circumcision

This is actually the quickest part of the Bris Milah ceremony! After the baby is brought into the room in which the Bris will take place, a chair is set aside as a symbolic seat for Elijah the Prophet. The Mohel says a Blessing and performs the Bris, at which point the father recites his Blessing, proclaiming that he is bringing his son into the Covenant of the Jewish people.

Baby Naming

After the circumcision is completed, the Mohel or one of your guests recites a Blessing over a cup of wine and then gives the baby his Jewish name. Everyone responds with a prayer that this new little soul should live a healthy life, fill of Torah and Mitzvot.

Seudas Mitzvah (festive meal)

No Jewish celebration is complete without a festive meal! Invite your friends and family and pick up some bagels and lox and celebrate everything that this beautiful day means to your, your family and the Jewish people!

Location: A Bris is often held in a synagogue where the family has an affiliation or access to a social hall for gatherings. However, there's been a growing trend towards more intimate Bris ceremonies at home. Either option works well for me, so it really depends on what makes you most comfortable!