Brit Milah: Celebrating the Birth of a Boy
The miracle of birth for a baby boy traditionally takes place as the boy
enters into the Jewish covenant with God and is given his Hebrew name. The
ceremony of Brit Milah (literally “Covenant of Circumcision”) most often takes
place either in the family’s home or at another location appropriate for the
family. Brit Milah takes place on the 8th day of the baby’s life, unless there
are any health reasons that would cause a delay. The Brit Milah is a ceremony
performed by a “mohel” – someone specifically trained to perform the necessary
medical procedure and offer the appropriate blessings. Many families also ask
one of our rabbis to work with them and be present at the “bris” to help make
the ceremony even more special for them.
It is during the ceremony of Brit Milah that baby boys officially receive
their Hebrew name – one chosen by a parent or parents.
If you would like the name of a mohel with whom to work or have any questions
about Brit Milah or a Naming Ceremony for a boy, please feel free to
contact either Rabbi Perlman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rabbi