Ritual circumcision is the covenant G-d has established with the Jewish people.
Judaism views body and soul as holy partners in serving G-d. Therefore, the bris is performed on the most physical part, for all of man is holy before his Creator. Bris Milah joins the forces of body and soul together in serving G-d.
Why on the 8th day? The kabbalistic writings teach us that seven days represent the physical world of creation. Thus, when a child has lived for eight days, he has transcended the physical to the metaphysical. The covenant joining body and soul, physical and spiritual, can now take place. A bris has no meaning when performed before the eighth day.
If you would like to arrange a Bris for your baby or for yourself, please contact Heritage office.
List of supplies needed for the Bris
50 sterile gauze pads (size 3"x3")
4 OZ. tube A&D ointment (without zinc oxide)
infant Tylenol drops
Kosher grape wine
Kiddush Cup & saucer (any small flat plate)
2 candles and candlesticks
Several disposable diapers
Standard size pillow
Preparations for the Bris
Set up table covered with cloth
Light 2 candles
Set up 2 chairs next to table (one for the Throne of Eliyahu and one for the Sandak)
Above supplies on the table
Tallis and Kippah for the father and extra kippahs for attendees
You may consider using a topical anesthetic cream called Ela-Max available at many pharmacies.
Directions for usage of Ela-max: Apply a generous amount of the cream on the penis at least one hour before the bris and cover the penis with a strip of saran-wrap so that the cream stays on.
List of honorable roles
Kvater - a couple who brings the baby into the room
(wife gives the baby to the husband to bring in)
Kise shel Eliyahu - a man who puts the baby on the special Throne of Eliyahu
Sandak - the most honorable role. A man who holds the baby during Bris.
Usually given to a grandfather or Rabbi
Mevarech - a man who gives baby a blessing over the cup of wine
(needs to know how to read Hebrew)
Omed al haBrocha - a man who holds the baby during the blessing
Krias Shem - a man who names the baby (needs to know how to read Hebrew)
Omed al Krias Shem - a man who holds the baby during naming
Procedure of the Bris
Kvaters bring the baby into ther room
Baby is put on the Throne of Elilyahu
Sandak sits on the chair
Baby is passed to the Sandak's lap
Mohel says a blessing: Boruch Ato Adonoy Eloheinu Melech Haolam, Asher Kidshanu Bemitzvosav Vetzivanu al haMila
Mohel performes Bris
Father of the baby says a blessing: Boruch Ato Adonoy Eloheinu Melech Haolam, Asher Kidshanu Bemitzvosav Vetzivanu lehachniso Bivriso Shel Avraham Avinu
Everybody say: Kshem Shenichnas LeBris Kach Yikanes leTorah, leChuppah uleMaasim Tovim! (as he enterd the covenant of Bris Mila, he should enter the Torah study, chuppah and good deeds!)
Mohel says a Misheberach, - a blessing for the wellbeing of the baby (it is a good time to add the names of other sick people to his blessing)
Everybody says: Mazel Tov!