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The Bris Ceremony


The mother of the baby begins the ceremony, by handing her son to the K'vatterin, a woman, who assists her in introducing her son to the "Bris experience". You can have as many women as you desire to pass the baby before reaching the K'vatterin.
We invite the K'vatterin into the room, who will then hand the baby to the K'vatter, a man who assists the father in beginning the bris ceremony.
The K'vatter then brings the baby closer to the location where the bris will be performed.  (K'vatterin-female; K'vatter-male)
As the baby is brought into the room, everyone says: Baruch Haba-ah, or welcome! The Mohel then quotes a number of passages from the Torah in regards to the significance of the ceremony.
The K'vatter then gives the baby to the man who will place the baby on the chair of Eliyahu Hanavi, or the chair of Elijah the prophet.
As the baby is placed upon the chair of Eliyahu, the Mohel recites a number of passages, relating to Eliyahu Hanavi, and his significance to the bris ceremony.
The baby is then picked up from the chair of Eliyahu and presented to the father of the baby.
The father takes the baby, and places his son on the lap of the Sandek, or the man who holds the baby during the actual bris itself.
The father then appoints the Mohel as his agent to perform the bris on his son.
At that point the Mohel recites the blessing of circumcision, and perform the bris.
The father recites ... Blessing for father: Baruch ata Ado-noy, Elo-hainu Melech ha-olam,asher kidishanu, b'mitzvosav v'tzivanu l'hachniso biv-riso,shel Avraham Avinu.
After the blessing, the baby is given to the Sandek Shainy who holds the baby during the naming ceremony. This honor may be divided into two parts if necessary.
Immediately after the naming of the baby, the baby is given back to the K'vatter who then gives baby to mother.
The dining part of the Bris begins with the blessing over the Challah or bread. (Obviously, The Challah must be Kosher!).
With the blessing over the bread, we end the ceremonial portion of the Bris.  Mazel Tov!
After the conclusion of the festive meal, one person is honored to lead in grace or "benching", and six people recite special blessings (Harachamans) for the family and honorees of the Bris ceremony.

 

Kibbudim - Honors


For a printable list of the honors please click below

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Harachamans - Special Blessings for Baby and Honorees

1. The compassionate One!  May He Bless the father and mother of the child; and may they merit to raise him, to educate him and to make him wise, from the eighth onward may his blood be pleasing, and may Hashem his G-d be with him.
2. The compassionate One! May He bless the master of the circumcision covenant, who rejoiced to do justice with glee, and may his deed be rewarded, his recompense be doubled, and may He place him even higher.
3. The compassionate One! May He bless the tender circumcised eight day old and may his strength and heart be a trust to G-d, and may he merit to perceive the Divine Presence three times a year.
4. The compassionate One! May He bless him who circumcised the uncut flesh, and revealed and drew the bloods of the circumcision, the service of the coward and the faint-hearted is unfit - and if he does not perform upon it these three acts.
5. The compassionate One! May He send us His anointed who goes with wholesomeness in the merit of the groom bloodied for the sake of circumcision to proclaim good tidings and consolations, to the one nation dispersed and splintered among the nations.
6. The compassionate One! May He send us the righteous Kohen who was taken into hiding, until His throne is established bright as sun and diamond, he who covered his face with his cloak and enwrapped himself, My covenant was with him for life and peace.