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The Handbook to Circumcision

The Handbook to Circumcision

All you need to know about Brit Milah

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The Shabbat following the birth: The Shalom Zachor and Torah reading
The festive gathering on the Friday night following the birth and the custom that the father is called up to the Torah.
The special customs of the night before the Circumcision.
When is the brit milah performed?
The preferred day and time the circumcision is performed and why.
The day of the brit milah
Escorting the baby to his circumcision
Who are the parents’ messengers? Why do we use messengers? What do they do?
What is the chair of Elijah? Why do we use it? How is the baby welcomed?
Who holds the child? How does he prepare? What does he merit?
Who performs the circumcision? How does he prepare?
Performing the Bris Milah
Giving the Jewish name
The naming ceremony.
Performing the Brit Milah on Shabbos or Yom Tov
The customs of Sephardim and Oriental Jews at a Brit Milah
The rich customs of various Sephardic and Oriental Jewish communities.
The steps taken in order for the circumcision to go smoothly, and be as painless as possible
Circumcision is the first commandment given by G-d to Abraham, the first Jew, and is central to Judaism.
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