Bris Milah Ceremony
led by a caring mohel,
the bris ceremony
should be a beautiful, spiritual experience.
There are 2 parts to the bris
ceremony; the circumcision, and the giving of the Hebrew name.
begins with the baby being brought into the room
ceremoniously, carried by a grandmother or other honored
guest, while all in attendance say, “Baruch Haba”, the
greeting reserved for royalty.
He is held by other family, honored guests, or
godparents, before being held in the Chair of Elijah the
Prophet, whose spirit is said to be present at all brises.
The child is then lovingly held by the sandek, usually a grandfather if he is able, while the mohel
and father bless him and the mohel
performs the circumcision.
In the hands of a competent, experienced mohel,
the circumcision takes less than a minute, which is actually
much quicker and less painful than most hospital
Although pain relievers (other than sweet kosher grape
wine) are traditionally not used, Dr. Katz does offer a local
anesthetic cream that can be applied one hour before the bris
to numb your baby's skin.
the circumcision, he is held by his mother while a bracha is said over wine, which sanctifies the ceremony. He is then
given his Hebrew name.
The service concludes with a blessing of quick healing
for the baby and his mother, a rousing chorus of Simen
Tov und Mazel Tov
is sung, motzi is said, and a festive meal or snack is served.
The formal festivities take about 20 to 30 minutes, and
may be performed either at your home or synagogue.
You may individualize the ceremony as you wish, using
or modifying an English reading provided by Dr. Katz, or using
your family’s own words about their hopes and prayers for
your baby or the origin of his name.
Dr. Katz provides a beautiful certificate commemorating
the event, and a gift in honor of your son’s bris.