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In the News (Thu 23 May 19)

  
  Judaism 101: Birth and the First Month of Life
Of all of the commandments in Judaism, the brit milah (literally, Covenant of Circumcision) is probably the one most universally observed.
Like so many Jewish commandments, the brit milah is commonly perceived to be a hygienic measure; however the biblical text states the reason for this commandment quite clearly: circumcision is an outward physical sign of the eternal covenant between G-d and the Jewish people.
Circumcision performed by a regular physician does not qualify as a valid brit milah, regardless of whether a rabbi says a blessing over it, because the removal of the foreskin is itself a religious ritual that must be performed by someone religiously qualified.
www.jewfaq.org /birth.htm   (2665 words)

  
 Traditional Circumcision (Bris Milah) - What is Circumcision
At a Brit Milah, the mohel removes the baby's foreskin and draws blood from the reproductive organ, after which the baby is given a Jewish name.
Brit Milah literally means "covenant of circumcision." Abraham, Judaism's founding father, was the first person in history to have a Brit Milah.
The fact that the Brit Milah is performed on the eighth day after a boy is born hints to this idea of eternal Jewish continuity.
www.britpro.com /default.asp?p=article1   (784 words)

  
  What is a Brit Milah?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The ancient ceremony for bringing sons into the covenant of Israel is brit milah, a religious ritual that includes circumcision as a physical sign of the bond between the Jewish people and God.
Brit milah is also called the "convenant of Abraham" because he was the first to practice circumcision as a Jewish ritual.
A father is responsible for his son's brit milah, and technically he performs the circumcision; the mohel, or ritual circumciser, acts as his representative.
www.sph.emory.edu /~malperi/AlperinKids/britmilahx.htm   (387 words)

  
 Brit milah
A similar view is voiced by the 12th century Jewish scholar Maimonides once argued that one of the purposes of the Brit milah was to reduce sexual behavior and to weaken the sexual bond between man and woman (Guide for the Perplexed part III, chapter 49).
In the case of a Jew who was circumcised outside of a brit milah, or an already-circumcised convert, the mohel draws a symbolic drop of blood from the penis.
A brit milah, to be conducted properly, requires the use of a specialized surgical knife, called an Izmel, which does allow for dam brit.
www.dejavu.org /cgi-bin/get.cgi?ver=93&url=http://articles.gourt.com/%22http%3A%2F%2Farticles.gourt.com%2F%3Farticle%3DBris   (2628 words)

  
 MyJewishLearning.com - Lifecycle: Rabbinic Interpretations of Brit
Some scholars claim that the modern current practice of brit milah, which physically removes all traces of the foreskin (called p'riah, or uncovering), was instituted in later rabbinic times precisely in order to circumvent surgery to obliterate the signs of circumcision.
Brit milah was thought to be so significant that it also influenced the spiritual fate of people even after their deaths.
Because of the singular importance of brit milah, the rabbis established numerous and detailed requirements and customs to be observed in the performance of ritual circumcision.
www.myjewishlearning.com /lifecycle/Ceremonies_For_Newborns/Overview_History_and_Themes/Brit_Milah_Ceremonies_for_Boys/Rab_Interps_Brit_Milah.htm   (746 words)

  
 A Guide to Brit Milah/Bris Milah
Brit Milah is considered the sign of a new-born child's entry into the Jewish tradition.
In case of jaundice (yellow pigmentation of the skin), the brit cannot be performed; it is delayed until the bilirubin in the blood drops to a safe level.
During the ceremony, just prior to the Brit itself, the baby is placed on the chair of Elijah, and the Mohel recites a special prayer asking for the spirit of Elijah to stand over him as he performs the Brit.
www.milah.net   (1359 words)

  
 DATA Resources: A Deeper Look at Brit Milah
The milah procedure is performed when the baby is eight days old by a “Mohel,”; a professional trained in both the medical and spiritual aspects of the mitzvah.
The deeper meaning is this: since the Land of Israel is the most spiritual land on earth, it is fitting for the progeny of the person who first “removed his foreskin” and achieved total connection with God to be given the land that provides the optimum environment for that relationship to thrive.
Milah represents the ultimate goal of the Jew: to achieve a level where nothing separates him from God.
www.datanet.org /JewishStuff/BrisMilah.html   (707 words)

  
 Brit Milah procedure has not changed since Avraham performed it over 3,500 years ago
Brit Milah was the first and only precept given to Avraham, our first forefather.
According to Halacha, the mitzvah of Brit Milah is first and foremost incumbent upon the father.
Failure to fulfill the mitzvah of Brit Milah is punishable by karait (premature death by divine intervention).
www.circumcision.net /essay/Legacy.htm   (1546 words)

  
 Brit Milah-Welcoming Jewish Boys into the World   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Brit (or bris) Milah, which means Circumcision of the Covenant, is the ceremony required of all Jewish baby boys on the eighth day of life.
Brit Milah is a commandment of the Torah and binds each participant to a covenantal relation with God, first established by Abraham.
The exceptions to holding a Shabbat or Yom Tov brit milah are in the cases of births at twilight or births by C-section.
www.bnaimoshe.org /britmilah.htm   (479 words)

  
 Brit Milah - Circumcision - Judaica Guide
Brit Milah (which means "Convenant of Circumcision"), also pronounced Bris Milah is a Jewish ceremony in which infant Jewish boys are brought into the covenant commanded by God to Abraham over 3,700 years ago, through ritual circumcision performed by a Mohel.
The Brit Milah has been carried out faithfully, from generation to generation, even during times of religious and ethnic persecution when Jews were forced to practice their rituals in secret.
The origins of the Brit Milah Mitzvah are found in the book of Genesis where God appeared to Abraham when he was 99 years old and commanded him to circumcise himself, his son, Ishmael, all the males of his household and all his slaves:
www.judaica-guide.com /brit_milah   (498 words)

  
 MyJewishLearning.com - Lifecycle: Planning a Bris
The brit milah is held on the eighth day of the baby's life, and is frequently held in the morning.
A brit milah is one of those rare Jewish life cycle rituals that can, in fact, on occasion, must, be performed on a Shabbat or festival, even Yom Kippur; eight days is eight days.
However, if the brit milah needs to be postponed because of the baby's health, the rescheduled event cannot take place on a Shabbat or festival.
www.myjewishlearning.com /lifecycle/Ceremonies_For_Newborns/Overview_Liturgy_Ritual_Customs/Ceremony_Brit_Milah/Planning_a_Bris.htm   (1159 words)

  
 Brit Mila – Adult Male, Teen, Newborn & Jewish Circumcision Doctor, Circumcision Clinic & Center – Bris Milah
This week, the Britot Milah of six Jews was performed in the Jewish Community of Brinsk, Russia, which was founded by the city's Rabbi, the shaliach Menachem Mendel Zeklas.
Three-year old Matthew faced massive obstacles to his Brit Milah; He was born by an emergency C-section, and his mother was hospitalized immediately after his birth.
It was very important to his family for him to have a bris milah, but they did not know how to arrange one or contact a mohel, and weren't able to travel.
www.brityy.org   (1240 words)

  
 What is Circumcision?
At a Brit Milah, the mohel removes the baby's foreskin and draws blood from the reproductive organ, after which the baby is given a Jewish name.
Brit Milah literally means "covenant of circumcision." Abraham, Judaism's founding father, was the first person in history to have a Brit Milah.
Translating Brit Milah as simply "circumcision" rather than "covenant circumcision," erroneously implies that the removal of the foreskin is the most important element of the mitzvah.
www.aish.com /literacy/lifecycle/What_is_Circumcision$.asp   (1290 words)

  
 Birth Ceremonies - InterfaithFamily.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Brit milah is the sign of a newborn child's entry into the Jewish people, the Jewish community, and Jewish tradition.
Even the early Reform Movement, during the latter half of the nineteenth century and despite an aversion to physical and particularistic expressions of Judaism, defended brit milah and sometimes imposed sanctions where it was omitted.
Brit milah, however, connects us with our ancestors, celebrates the covenant we share with God, and unites Jews throughout the world in a very real manner.
www.interfaithfamily.com /site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ekLSK5MLIrG&b=297369&ct=323356   (599 words)

  
 Brit milah
Brit milah is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
A Brit milah could be circumvented with Dam Brit, or foregone altogether with a Milah L'Shem Giur: Brit milah - Hatafat dam brit.
In the case of a Jew who was circumcised outside of a brit milah, or an already-circumcised convert, the mohel draws a symbolic drop of blood from the penis.
www.globaloneness.com /brit_milah   (861 words)

  
 Brit Milah
A brit milah is performed on the eighth day after a child is born (even on Shabbat, festivals and Yom Kippur), often in the morning after morning prayers (though it is permissible until sunset).
It is customary to celebrate a brit milah with a festive meal attended by one's friends and family.
On the night before the brit, some people have the custom to have 'a night of watching' – that is of study beside the baby's crib.
www.jafi.org.il /education/lifecycle/brit-itim/plan.html   (647 words)

  
 Brit Milah Office Location - Dr. Aaron Jesin
Gollaher prefaces his discussion of brit milah in Judaism with a review of circumcision in Egypt, speculating (as have many before him) that Moses was the conduit between the two cultures.
Brit milah, according to Goldman, ''is an enormous obstacle to the development of basic trust between mother and child.'' Since the mother has permitted her baby son to be, in effect, mutilated, the son naturally hates her-and, through her, all other Jewish women as well.
Should that larger culture come to judge brit milah to be not only medically unnecessary but also brutalizing and mutilating, the number of Jews who find the practice ''profoundly meaningful'' will assuredly diminish, and the abhorrence of it expressed by some early Reform leaders will return with a vengeance.
www.drjesin.com /brisResponsa.html   (4126 words)

  
 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the case of a Jew who was circumcised outside of a brit milah, or an already-circumcised convert, the mohel draws a symbolic drop of blood from the penis.
A brit milah, to be conducted properly, requires the use of a specialized surgical knife, called an izmel, which does allow for dam brit.
In Conservative Judaism, the Milah l'Shem giur procedure is also performed for a boy whose mother has not converted, but with the intention that the child be raised Jewish.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=brit_milah   (2984 words)

  
 A Jewish Birth - Brit Milah (Bris)
Brit milah, which literally means "covenant of circumcision," symbolizes the child's entry into the community of Israel and is a reminder of the covenant between God and the Children of Israel.
Brit milah is performed on the eighth day of a child's life, during the daytime, even when the day falls on Shabbat or a festival.
A brit milah may be postponed when the health of a child dictates a delay.
www.evjcc.org /resources/lifecycle/birth_1.html   (2497 words)

  
 Brit Milah - Introduction
Brit Milah - or the covenant of circumcision - is a ritual performed on the eighth day of the child's life, during daylight hours.
The word b’rit means covenant and the word milah means to cut.
Note that according to Jewish halakhah, circumcision performed by a regular physician does not qualify as a valid brit milah, regardless of whether a rabbi says a blessing over it, because the removal of the foreskin is considered a religious ritual that must be performed by someone religiously qualified.
www.hebrew4christians.com /Life_Cycle/Brit_Milah/Introduction/introduction.html   (429 words)

  
 Traveling Mohel
But with the brit milah he accomplished control over all his organs and therefore his name was changed from Avram to Avraham.
Therefore, only by doing the brit milah on the eighth day is the greatest amount of impurity removed from that child forever with the removal of the foreskin.
Uncovering of the extra skin at the brit milah (which is called the act of "orah priah") once the orlah (foreskin) is removed, takes care of this fourth kelipa and gives a man the strength to overcome all obstacles in his service to God and gives him the ability to refine his character more easily.
www.shemayisrael.co.il /mikvah/britmilah.html   (2370 words)

  
 Rabbi Acoca - The Mohel - Brit Milah
A Brit Milah is postponed at any time (including the day of the ceremony) if there is any question about the health of the baby.
They are responsible for bringing the baby into the room where the Brit is to be performed and in cases where the mother does not wish to be present return the baby to her after the Brit.
Jewish tradition states that Eliahu Hanavi attends all Brit Milah to ensure to the well being of the child, and to report back to G-d that His people are still carrying out the mitzvah of Brit Milah.
members.shaw.ca /rabbi_ia/britmilah.htm   (542 words)

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