IMPORTANT: To assure that the brit be held as planned, it is important that if any health-related concern develops (i.e rash, fever, etc.) it should be brought to the Mohel's attention immediately.
The child's last feeding should conclude one hour prior to the brit. Please bring the following items:
- Tallis (prayer shawl)
- Kippot (yarmulkes) for your guests
- Kiddush cup and wine (sweet, red, kosher wine – NOT DRY)
- Besamim (Sephardic custom)
- 5 diapers
- Baby wipes
- Baby's bottle containing milk or water at room temperature
- A pacifier
- A firm pillow covered with a clean white pillowcase
- A candle that will be lit throughout the circumcision ceremony
Please see to it that the baby is present 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time so the ceremony can run as planned.
For the sake of your peace of mind and to ensure promptness, please be sure that all of those who will be receiving important honorary positions are notified ahead of time and that they have their tallis prepared in advance.
Honors at the Brit: (numbers in parenthesis represent the order of importance)
- Kvatter (7)
- Placing the baby on the throne of Elijah (4)
- Lifting the baby from the throne (5)
- Sandak (1)
- Lifting the baby from the Sandak (6)
- Standing Sandak (2)
- Reciting the Brachos (3)
A Bris is a pinnacle celebration in Jewish life and a milestone event for your family. The feeling and emotion is captured in our photos of circumcision ceremonies performed by Israel Heller.
It's simpler than you think. Follow these detailed pointers and enjoy peace of mind knowing you haven't missed an important guideline for the sensitive care necessary as your baby heals.