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Brit Milah – The Circumcision Ceremony in a Nutshell

Jewish culture is a rich and elaborate one. We have many traditional practices that are no less than any type of celebration. These traditions not only bring us together to each other but also help in deepening our ties with each other. One such tradition is that of Brit Milah.

What is Brit Milah?

Brit Milah is the Jewish circumcision ceremony. The ceremony is generally held on the eighth day of baby’s life and in a synagogue. However, it can also be held at home or any other comfortable place instead of Jewish Shul. The person performing the circumcision is known a Mohel.

Details of the ceremony

The ceremony begins when the boy enters the room where Brit Milah is to be performed. The boy generally is in his mother’s hands. He is then handed over to the person standing near her and then to the next person nearby. The boy is passed in this way unless he reaches the chair on which Brit Milah will be performed. This part of passing the baby is like an honor for couples desiring to be parents. The circumcision is normally done while the boy is in hands of uncle or some other close family member.


The Jewish men have been commanded for Brit Milah in the Torah in the Book of Genesis 17:10-14:

“This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant between Me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner, that is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.”

Where to get it done in Las Vegas?

In Las Vegas, Bet Yossef Community Centre performs the ceremony of Brit Milah. It is a Sefaradic synagogue in La Vegas, hence aware of traditional Jewish ceremonies. It is one of the best Orthodox shuls in Las Vegas performing various other traditional practices like Shabbat, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Kosher, Minyan, etc.

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