Sarah has a vision for her baby’s bris. See how it comes to life.
Before Jack was born, I thought I prepared as much as I could for his bris. With the help of my mother-in-law, Pennye, we compiled a list of invitees, researched kosher caterers, and created to-do lists. Pennye bought paper goods, readied the room with tables and folding chairs, and lots of gauze pads. She also explained the ceremony to […]
The conversation went something like this: Amy: So we’re just going to be surprised when I give birth, right? Like when the doctor says, “Congratulations! It’s a ___!!” Matt: Have you lost your mind? No, we’re not going to be surprised. Isn’t being pregnant at 40 surprise enough for you? Amy: (laughing) Well, I didn’t know […]
When I was pregnant with our first daughter, my husband and I were living in the mountains of North Carolina. We spent the first several months of my pregnancy worrying that we’d need to bring in a mohel from who-knows-where, if we happened to have a baby boy. Would we have to ask someone to drive […]
A Q&A about a woman’s struggle to tell her husband she wants a bris for their son
Is it the spirit of the law or the letter of the law that counts the most? “Your kids aren’t Jewish because your wife is not Jewish,” my friend said to me over coffee recently. I laughed so hard that my coffee spilled. “What’s so funny?” she asked. “I know that you totally did not […]
A doctor and mohel (one who performs ritual circumcision) offers suggestions for interfaith couples approaching their baby’s bris.
Explanations and sample rituals and readings for interfaith couples planning a birth ceremony for their newborn.
A professional view?affirming the importance of the brit milah, especially for interfaith families. Author says if the circumcision is not performed on the 8th day, and the child then becomes a Bar Mitzvah, he will have to have it at that age in o
A professional view from the director of the Reform Movement’s Brit Mila Program explaining what ritual circumcision is–and–isn’t, and citations of evidence for the health benefits of a bris.