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    Question 2

    I recently had a baby boy, and my friend is encouraging me to circumcise him. What is that all about and why is it important?


    - Mazel Tov on your new son - may you only have years of health and happiness from him and your entire family!

    A circumcision, or Bris Milah, is a ritual performed for Jewish males on their eighth day of life (provided they are healthy enough on that day). It is an indelible imprint on the human body testifying to the special covenant between G-d and Abraham and us, Abraham's descendants. It is a bond between us and G-d, a testament to our relationship and commitment to our religion. Throughout our long and turbulent history, Jewish males have undergone persecution, personal risk and death threats to make sure their sons are circumcised.

    A circumcision consists of an extensively trained expert (Mohel) removing the foreskin from the baby boy on the eighth day. The baby boy is named at this ceremony and a festive meal for family and friends is served.

    Interestingly, medical research shows that the body's production of Vitamin K (the vitamin responsible for coagulating blood) peaks on the eighth day of life!

    Please contact us (407-734-0190 of Office@JoinOrlando.org) if you have any further questions about the Bris or if you would like a recommendation for a local Mohel - we look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion together. Mazel Tov!

  • posted by admin
    Question 1


    I was walking recently and saw a Jewish friend of mine walking around with this cloth covering on his head? Why are they wearing that? And where do I get one?


    - Thank you, Jeff, for your question and interest.

    The cloth covering you see is called a Yarmulka (Yiddish) or Kippah (Hebrew). Yarmulka is actually a contraction of two Aramaic words - “Yarei Malka” which means “Fear of the King”, and is worn as a constant reminder that there is a G-d above.

    The Kippah also has a deeper underlying significance - Greek philosophers held man to be the epitome of intelligence, with nothing surpassing the human intellect - hence their heads are always depicted bare. The Jewish view is to realize our human limitations, appreciating there is a G-d, the ultimate source of moral conduct and behavior. We cover our head to recognize that G-d is all-knowing, and the human capacity and intellect, though great, is limited - unlike G-d.

    Although not Biblical in nature (the earliest reference to this head covering can be found in the Talmud), it is codified in the Code of Jewish Law as a practice to be observed during all waking hours. There are those, who for various reasons, do not wear them constantly, but are still vigilant about wearing them when pronouncing a blessing (i.e., before eating), praying or studying Torah.

    Kippah, or Kippot in plural come in many different sizes, colors and materials - you just have to find the one that works for you. If you are interested in obtaining one, you can call the J.O.IN. Orlando office at 407-734-0190 or stop by our office to pick one up.

    Have a wonderful day!
    Rabbi Kramer