robert karasov, m.d.

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 or Cantor to the Bris and we will arrange how to co-officiate at the ceremony.

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