Baby Naming and Brit Milah

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On your part, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you shall keep between Me and you and your children after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He that is eight days old shall be circumcised, every male throughout your generations.... - Genesis 17:9-12.

Brit Milah (translated Covenant of Circumcision):

This is a religious ceremony in which the male child is brought into the covenant by means of circumcision with blessings and prayers. Then the boy is given a Hebrew name, linking him to his Jewish family and history. The ceremony is held on the eighth day and can be held at the synagogue or at your home.

Baby Naming:

For a girl there is a naming ceremony. The child is brought to the synagogue on Shabbat to be named by the Rabbi in front of the Ark during Shabbat Services. All of the same blessings and readings are done for the girl as for a boy, minus the blessing of the Milah. The child's name is announced with an explanation of who she was named after or what the significance is of her name. The Rabbi then will bless the child.

For more information, questions or concerns, or to schedule Rabbi Matt to perform a Bris or Baby Naming ceremony, please contact Rabbi Assistant, Michelle Warren at mwarren@cgoh.org or call 518-374-8173.

You also need to schedule a Mohel to perform the actual circumcision. Local Mohel we recommend is Dr. Efraim Bach at 518-382-2260.

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