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Illuminating the reasons behind Jewish Law

Not infrequently we come across interpretations of Torah precepts in the light of rational thought and scientific discoveries. There has been a division...

Can I have a basic check list of supplies needed for the Brit ceremony?

A TallitBottle of WineKiddush cupPillowPillowcase (usually white)Blanket for childDiapers (at least 4)Antibiotic cream (Neosporin or Bacitracin, etc.)Gauze...

What is the significance of a Jewish name?

Our Sages tell us that the name of an individual reflects his character and essence. It is what connects him to his spiritual soul, serving as the conduit...

What is the order of the Brit ceremony?

During the brit it is customary to have lit candles in the room where the Brit is performed. Some have the custom to kindle thirteen candles, connoting...

What are the various honors given to people at a Brit?

Kvatterin (colloquially-Godmother) Woman who carries baby from mother to brit room and, after the brit, back to mother. In some communities the baby...

What is the significance of the night before the Brit?

A beautiful tradition passed down through the generations is the custom of inviting children to come to the home of the newborn on the night before...

Does the baby experience pain during the Brit Milah?

A common misconception is that the baby experiences a great deal of pain from circumcision. In truth, the performance of ritual circumcision is...

How does a Shabbat Brit differ than a weekday one?

A Brit is performed on the eighth day after birth, even if that day is Shabbat or a Jewish holiday. If, for whatever reason, the Brit is postponed and...

What does the congregation do during the Brit Milah?

Everyone should stand during the Brit Milah, except for the Sandek who sits and holds the baby on his lap during the time of the Brit. At the appropriate...

Are there specific garments that should be worn at the Brit?

It is customary that the father, Mohel, and Sandek wear a tallit at the time of the Brit. [Ed. note: some have a custom that the baby should be...