Birth

Brit Milah

Jewish Newborn Ceremonies 101

Primer on birth ceremonies and ceremonies for babies.

Brit Milah

The Brit Milah (Bris) Ceremony

The basics of this ceremony for an eight-day-old Jewish boy

Live

Planning and Celebrating Your Daughter’s Brit Bat

Parents face many choices in preparing a welcoming ceremony and party for their baby girl.

Where Childbirth Gets Short Shrift

Why is birth nestled between dietary restrictions and skin diseases?

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

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

Planning a Brit Milah (Bris)

What to do before your son's circumcision.

What Is A Mohel?

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

Interfaith Baby Namings

Planning a ceremony when your family is multi-faith or multi-cultural.

The Elements of a Brit Bat Jewish Welcoming Ceremony

Despite the relative newness and great varieties of welcoming ceremonies for girls, a basic structure appears to have emerged.

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.

What’s in a Jewish Name?

Jewish traditions for selecting a child's name.

A History of Brit Milah

A comprehensive look at the 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.

Pidyon haBen

Pidyon haben refers to the ceremony of the redemption of the first-born son.

Rabbinic Sources on Circumcision

A selection of laws and stories about brit milah.