The Jewish Bris Milah (Hebrew: בְּרִית מִילָה, Ashkenazi pronunciation [bris mila]), which some pronounce Brit Milah "covenant of circumcision"; is a Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony performed on 8-day-old male infants by a mohel. The brit milah is followed by a celebratory meal (seudat mitzvah).
The Bris milah is usually performed in the home, synagogue or catering hall, which are warm, sterile atmospheres that provide a naturally relaxing and safe environment for such a joyous observance to take place. Rabbi Markovits is devoted to tradition while putting families at ease. The Bris milah that is performed by Rabbi Markovits is done in a matter of 10 to 30 seconds. This means far less trauma to the infant with fewer side effects and a shorter recovery time for the baby. The circumcision is very quick and precise so that there are no injections used for the circumcision, and the baby and his family are treated with loving care throughout.
Bris Milah is an affirmation of Abraham's ancient covenant with God and an expression of hope in a future redemption. The Torah teaches us that a bris milah is a reminder to us that just as we perfect our physical being through the act of circumcision, we must strive also strive to perfect our soul.
A jewish bris is a simcha, a celebration, both of the birth of your son and of the endurance of the Jewish people.
First and foremost, circumcision is a common thread throughout the fabric of Jewish community. It may be the only mitzvah (commandment) purposefully observed by Jews of every affiliation; even by Jews with no other connection to the faith.
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Bris Milah - ברית מילה
THE BRIS CEREMONY
List of honorees at a Bris (Brit) ceremony, what they do, who traditionally is selected for the honor, and how important the honor is seen to be.
TIME AND PLACE
The bris milah of a healthy baby is always done on the 8th-day from the baby's birth, even if that day is Shabbat any Jewish holiday, or Yom Kippur. A Jewish Bris may only be performed during daylight hours!
Elijah the Prophet, according to Jewish tradition, attends all circumcisions in order to protect and bless the child. It is customary to honor him by preparing a chair for him to the right of the sandek’s chair.
A Bris may not be performed on an ill child until he is fully recovered. It is the responsibility of the Mohel, in consultation with the doctor and the family, to determine if a delay is necessary according to Jewish law.
NAMING THE BABY
We do not name the child before the bris. Once the bris is finished, the official naming of the baby takes place. It is customary to name the child after a righteous person.
After the bris is completed, the food – kosher, of course – is served. This meal is called a seudas mitzvah, a meal honoring a Divine commandment.
The laws of milah are the same for all Jews; some customs, however, vary between countries and communities. A sampling of Sephardic customs have been compiled from various sources.
Another Jewish ceremony is that of "Pidyon HaBen". The Torah tells us that all firstborn sons belong to the Kohen. Therefore, we redeem our firstborn sons from the Kohen on the 31st day of the boy's life.