What Happens at a Bris?
The Bris milah is a religious ceremony within Judaism which welcomes infant Jewish boys into a covenant between God and the Children of Israel through ritual circumcision performed by a mohel ("circumciser"). The word Bris means "covenant" and the word Milah means "circumcision". This happens on the eighth day of the child's life in the presence of family and friends, and is followed by a festive meal.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Who can be a Mohel?
ANSWER: The Mohel who performs the ritual circumcision is a person who has received specialized training in the medical and ritual aspects of the Bris. The moment of the Bris has a great spiritual effect upon the child and therefore Jewish law specifies that one should choose a Mohel who is noted not only for his technical skills but also for his level of piety.