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Kabbalah on Circumcision
A unique look into the “brit,” our oldest observance!
This powerful lecture will share some incredible Kabbalah insights, and give you a new perspective on this fundamental and well-known mitzvah that seems to be so shrouded in mystery!
Brit Milah and Pidyon HaBen
This lecture surveys some of the laws and customs on the mitzvahs of circumcision and the “redemption of the first born.”
The Laws of Birth & Brit Milah
The laws and customs associated with birth, the mitzvah of circumcision and redeeming the firstborn.
The Eighth Day Covenant
What is unique about circumcision that G-d commanded it be performed on the eighth day following birth? Should we not wait for the child to decide at his own will to be circumcised? Explore the dynamics of Brit Milah – the law of circumcision.
The Mitzvah of Brit Milah
Audio | 51:55
The Mitzvah of Brit Milah
This class expounds on the greatness and specialty of the mitzvah of Bris Milah - circumcision.
Laws on Brit Millah, Part 1
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws on Brit Millah, Part 2
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws on Brit Millah, Part 3
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The Eternal Covenant
The Mitzvah of Brit Milah
Why is circumcision the first mitzvah that G-d gave Abraham? This class explores the meaning and many other facets of this essential mitzvah.
A Mystical View on Baby Naming and Circumcision
Life’s journeys through the lens of kabbalah
What is the significance of a Jewish name, and do our names define who we are? Why do we need to do a "brit" (circumcision) and what happens spiritually at that time?
A Prison Guard’s Journey Home
My childhood was a scrambled mix of Christmas trees and Chanukah menorahs, church visits and the occasional Jewish service.
Why I Didn’t Come to Your Baby’s Brit
The thought of attending caused me so much anxiety that I decided to be kind to myself and give myself permission not to attend.
Circumcision, Berzerkeley, and the Power of Five Minutes
Rabbi Chanan Feld was a towering fixture of my childhood—my friend’s father, and my father’s friend. He had the cuddly torso of a teddy bear, the magical beard of a wizard, and the twinkling eyes of a Rebbe. This is how I remember him.
Parshah Mnemonics: Lech-Lecha
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Lech-Lecha contains 126 verses and the mnemonic are the words ‘nimolu’ (circumcised) and ‘machnadvay’. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the parshah.
Behind Elijah’s Chair at a Circumcision
Parsha Curiosities: Lech-Lecha
A fascinating exposé of the traditional chair universally designated for the Prophet Elijah at a Brit Milah ceremony. This lecture begins by fleshing out the spiritual character and impact engendered by sacred circumcision. We then proceed to peel away historical layers of deep meaning as we trace the surprising origins of the proverbial participation of Elijah a.k.a. the Covenantal Angel. Ultimately, you’ll see why all of this is as relevant as quantum physics, and makes all the difference today!
Creating My Own Spiritual Path
A person can be spiritual and even religious without Torah. Why then does Torah insist on a defined set of rules? In addressing this question, an age-old debate between Issac and Ishmael is analyzed, yielding a surprising outcome. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 25, p.86.)
Circumcision (Brit Milah)
Practical Parshah - Tazria
This portion provides the Biblical source for the mitzvah of circumcision on the eighth day. What are the specific laws and customs of this life-cycle event?
Daily Mitzvah, Day 34: Grace After Meals, Part 4 & Circumcision, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 34 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 35: Circumcision, Part 2 & Nusach HaTefilah, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 35 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Reflections on
In a mitzvah, action comes first
The Lost Boy and the Secret Slip of Parchment
“I have three very strong horses, fast as deer,” he whispered. “If you’re willing to pay, I’ll take the innkeeper and his family to a city far from here. Tonight.”
The Wagon Driver and the Stranger
“Please invite the wagon driver to come see me,” said the Rebbe upon hearing that the man was in town.
An Act of Connection
On the Meaning of the Mitzvah
Discourse on Bris Milah
Audio | 45:09
Discourse on Bris Milah
Torah Ohr - B'Etzem Hayom Hazeh
This chasidic discourse by the Alter Rebbe is customarily studied in honor of a bris milah and gives mystical insights into the significance of that mitzvah.
A Mother and a Mohel
Audio | 1:08:04
A Mother and a Mohel
Practical Parshah - Shemot
The unusual circumstances of Moses’ son’s brit milah (circumcision) and what it teaches us about how that mitzvah may be performed -- and by whom.
Circumcision is the first commandment given by G-d to Abraham, the first Jew, and is central to Judaism.
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