BRIT MILAH “BRIS”
Brit Milah is the ceremony in which a newborn Jewish boy, through the ritual of circumcision, is brought into the covenant (Brit Milah) on the eighth day of life. The circumcision is performed by an individual called a Mohel, who acts as the agent for the parents, who are ultimately responsible for circumcising their son. In liberal Judaism, a Mohel can be either male or female.
The covenant (Brit) represents the relationship between each Jewish person and God, and by extension, represents the relationship each Jewish person has with the entire Jewish people. When we perform the ritual of Brit Milah, we are celebrating the birth of a baby and his entry into the Jewish people. Our commitment to this relationship has allowed our people to survive for more than 4,000 years.