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Brit Milah
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Brit milah (Hebrew: בְרִית מִילָה [bə'rīt mī'lā] literally: "covenant [of] circumcision"), also berit milah (Sephardi), bris milah (Ashkenazi pronunciation) or bris (Yiddish) is a religious ceremony within Judaism that welcomes infant Jewish boys into a covenant between God and the Children of Israel through ritual circumcision performed by a mohel ("circumcisor") in the presence of family and friends, followed by a celebratory meal (seudat mitzvah).

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Brit Milah Procedure

The Brit Milah Procedure

During the Brit Milah

It is customary to have lit candles in the room where the Brit Milah is performed. Some have the custom to kindle thirteen candles, connoting the thirteen Divine attributes of mercy.

The father stands near the Mohel. He must "transfer" his obligation to circumcise his son to the Mohel by appointing him to perform the Brit Milah in his stead. Some have the custom to take the Brit Milah knife and give it to the Mohel as a symbolic act of transferring his obligation to the Mohel.

The father places the child on the lap of the Sandek (if he is not the Sandek himself). The Mohel then recites certain prefatory prayers and proceeds with the Brit Milah.

There are three important stages to the Brit Milah process:

Chituch - The removing of the foreskin.

Priah - Uncovering the flesh under the foreskin.

Metzizah - Drawing the blood out of the wound and surrounding areas.

Following the Brit Milah procedure the Mohel applies some medical ointments to promote healing.

The Festive Meal

Once the Brit Milah is completed and the child has been returned to his mother, the family and guests join for a festive meal.

It is customary that this meal includes bread and festive foods such as meat and wine. We also light candles to create a joyful and dignified atmosphere. It is customary amongst Chassidim that during the feast the father of the child recites a Chassidic discourse on the subject of Brit Milah. During the Grace After Meals, special portions are added.

Source: The Brit Procedure

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