robert karasov, m.d.
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The Ceremony

The ceremony begins with the Kvatter and Kvatterin (godparents) carrying the baby into the room and the  Kvatter holding the baby on the chair of Elijah. After a few readings from family and friends, the Mohel recites a blessing and performs the bris as the baby is comforted by the Sandek.  The parents say a blessing after the circumcision and the community responds welcoming the baby into the covenant.  After a prayer for healing, the baby is then given a Hebrew name over a glass of wine.  The ceremony concludes with blessing the baby and reciting the Shehechianu followed by a festive meal.

You are encouraged to invite your Rabbi to the Bris; the Rabbi and I will arrange how to co-officiate at the ceremony. 

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