Brit Milah

Brit Milah

The Brit Milah (Bris): What You Need to Know

Questions and answers about the circumcision ceremony for Jewish baby boys.

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Planning a Brit Milah (Bris)

What to do before your son's circumcision.

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What Is A Mohel?

This man or woman on the "cutting edge" of Jewish ritual, performs Judaism's oldest rite.

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

How much do you know about welcoming baby boys and girls into the covenant?

Jewish Newborn Ceremonies 101

An overview of ceremonies to welcome baby boys and girls.

Ask the Expert: Secret Name

Why keep the baby name under wraps before the brit milah?

The Circumcision Debate

While Jewish critics have arisen in modern times, brit milah is still widely practiced.

Brit Milah (Bris): Some Laws and Customs

10 things to know about--and think about--when planning a brit milah ceremony.

Circumcision is a Difficult Rite

Circumcision, with all its pain, reminds us of our partnership with God and the pain of fixing a broken world.

A History of Brit Milah

Shifting views and philosophies about the Jewish practice of circumcising baby boys on the eighth day of life.

Does Abraham’s Covenant Include Jewish Daughters?

How women figure into the male-oriented covenant that begins with Abraham and circumcision.

Contemporary Issues in Baby Ceremonies

Circumcision debates and intermarriage

Three Biblical Signs of Covenant

Shabbat, the rainbow after the flood, and brit milah are three covenantal "signs" which God provides.

Brit Milah: Why Boys Are Circumcised

How Jewish thinkers over the ages have explained the importance of ritual circumcision.

Why the Minyan? Community and Brit Milah

The customary quorum of 10 represents the community and its obligations to the child.