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A bris is not only an expression of your family's Jewish identity, it is a delicate medical procedure. That's why I tailor the ceremony to your family - and provide your son with gentle care before, during, and after the ceremony.

The bris has two parts, the circumcision and the naming. During the circumcision, you and your spouse enter the room and place your son on the symbolic Chair of Elijah, the prophet of the future who will herald the coming of the Messiah. Then you place the baby on the lap of the Sandek (usually a grandfather), who holds your son on the pillow during the circumcision.

You can honor loved ones by having them participate in the ceremony, usually by having them light the candles, enter the room with the baby, place the baby on the Chair of Elijah, or name the baby. If you have loved ones you would like to honor during the ceremony, let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate them.

As soon as the circumcision is complete, I - or another rabbi or honored guest - say a blessing over a cup of wine, and your son is given his Hebrew name. Your son's Hebrew name conveys much spiritual meaning, and I can help you identify the most appropriate name. You may wish to name him after a deceased relative or loved one. I recommend that at the reception you explain to your guests the significance and conveyance of your son's name.

The bris ends with "Mazel Tov" and celebration.

See our other links on this web site for more detailed information on preparing for the bris and the liturgy.

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