Birth

Newborn Ceremonies

Jewish Newborn Ceremonies 101

An overview of ceremonies to welcome baby boys and girls.

Brit Milah

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

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

Newborn Ceremonies

Planning and Celebrating Your Daughter’s Brit Bat

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

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

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

Creating the Jewish Pregnancy

From Shehechiyanu to psalms, how I brought Jewish ritual into this momentous life stage.

What Is A Mohel?

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

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.

Planning a Brit Milah (Bris)

What to do before your son's circumcision.

Interfaith Baby Namings

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

Ask the Expert: Baby Showers

Is it against the rules, or just a superstition?

How to Negotiate Jewish Differences

9 tips to help your family get along, even if members observe Judaism differently.

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.

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.