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Welcome to my website and thank you for allowing me to help guide you through this important and critical milestone in your baby's life. Although I have tried to cover as much information as possible regarding Bris Milah and Simchat Bat ceremonies on this site, I realize that it is impossible to cover everything and I encourage you to call me with any questions or concerns you may have. Please do not hesitate to do so. We are talking about your beautiful new born child and the most important spiritual decision you will ever make for your child.
Briefly, a Bris Milah, or ritual circumcision, is a wonderful beginning for a newborn boy. It is a memorable experience for the family, replete with significance and meaning, and serves as the first of many milestones and happy occasions to be joyously celebrated during your child's life as he grows to be a source of nachas and pride to all those close to him.
For the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of making the Bris Milah ceremony a beautiful, heartwarming and meaningful Jewish experience for families around the globe, regardless of religious affiliation or background. Generally, I perform the bris ceremony both in Hebrew and in English for everyone to understand and appreciate. I am happy to incorporate any family customs and traditions you may have and you can involve as many or as few participants in the actual ceremony as you wish. Participants may be male or female and you are able to include family members or friends who may be of another faith. The ceremony will last approximately 20-30 minutes, although the actual bris takes only 15 seconds to perform.
Traditionally, a Bris Milah ceremony is celebrated publicly with family and friends. However, there is no “rule” on how large a Bris should be. I have performed Brises with hundreds of guests and others with just the mother, baby and me. Both are perfectly acceptable in Jewish practice. If a bris will include more than immediate family, it may be beneficial to have the grandparents or a family friend host it as “mommy” will be busy focusing on the new arrival.
A bris is much more than a circumcision! Your child is not merely the product of the love that exists between you and your spouse, but is the next link on the chain of our People that goes back over 3800 years to our Matriarchs and our patriarchs. A proper bris is the most important spiritual decision you will ever make for you new son. One for which he will thank you one day.
May you, your family, and your baby have a beautiful, healthy, and meaningful life together.
Mazel Tov and congratulations!