Are you about to welcome a new life into the world? Make this joyous occasion a holy one that joins your new baby to the Jewish community and to the virtues of our ancestors. We are happy to answer any questions you have about Brit Milah (Bris), Naming, and other rituals of welcoming.
Brit Milah is usually scheduled on the 8th day of a baby boy’s life. It is so important that it even takes precedence over Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year. A baby boy is circumcised, and receives blessings from his parents, family, rabbi, and others. He also receives his Hebrew name at this time.
Brit Bat is a ceremony of welcoming a baby girl to the Jewish people with blessings, and also when she receives her Hebrew name. It is usually observed within the first 30 days of birth.
A Hebrew name is said to be the name by which God and the angels know us. It is a part of every significant ritual over the course of one’s lifetime, whether joyous celebrations or sad moments.