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?(more)
- 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!