Newborn Ceremonies

Quizzes

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

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

Brit Milah

Jewish Newborn Ceremonies 101

Primer on birth ceremonies and ceremonies for babies.

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.

A New Welcome for Jewish Daughters

An interview with the author of the only book on welcoming ceremonies for Jewish girls reveals much about contemporary Jewish life.

What Is A Mohel?

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

The Brit Milah (Bris) Ceremony

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

Interfaith Baby Namings

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

History of Jewish Ceremonies for Baby Girls

Rituals & customs marking the birth of girls have existed since biblical times, but they've blossomed in the past 30 years.

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.

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.

Brit Milah: The Biblical Origins

Where the circumcision covenant comes from.