Here you will find a wealth of information about the Brit Milah (or Bris) ceremony for boys, and the Baby Naming (Simchat Bat or Zeved Habat) ceremony for girls. Much of this information is repeated in different ways throughout the web site. I hope it will give you a good sense about my philosophy and approach to these beautiful rituals.
NEW! I now accept Venmo. Once an event is scheduled, it must be confirmed with a $300.00 deposit through Venmo. No deposit is required until after the Bris has been scheduled.
Passover celebrates the Exodus from Egypt and the freedom of the Jewish people. Scheduling Brisses can be very challenging in view of the Passover holiday. This year Passover begins on Friday night, April 19th and the first two days, which are holiday days, are Saturday, April 20th and Sunday April 21st. All emails received from Friday, April 19th after 6:00 PM through Sunday night, April 21st will be returned Sunday night, April 21st after 9:00 P.M. I will try to respond to as many emails as I can before Shabbat begins on Friday, April 19th.
A baby born by C-section cannot have a Bris on the Sabbath or a Jewish holiday. Any babies born by C-section Friday night, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th will have their brisses on Monday, April 22nd which is a "make-up" day. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Monday in order to accommodate as many families as possible. It is possible that some Brisses may spill over into Tuesday.
The following week, the last two days of Passover, which are holiday days, are from Thursday night, April 25th through Saturday night, April 27th. All emails received from Thursday, April 25th after 6:00 PM through Saturday night, April 27th will be returned Saturday night, April 27th after 9:00 P.M. I will try to respond to as many emails as I can before Shabbat begins on Thursday, April 25th.
Again, a baby born by C-section cannot have a Bris on the Sabbath or a Jewish holiday. Any babies born by C-section Thursday night, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th will have their brisses on Sunday, April 28th which is another "make-up" day. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Sunday in order to accommodate as many families as possible. It is possible that some Brisses may spill over into Monday.
Similarly, any families who live outside of Manhattan will be scheduled for those "make-up" days, as well if the Bris coincides with the Sabbath or Passover holiday days. The intermediate days of the holiday (April 21st after sunset through April 25th before sunset) are like regular weekdays with no restrictions related to C-sections or travel.
1. Please do not make any arrangements or notify family or friends until you have confirmed the correct day of the Bris with me.
2. Make sure only one person is making arrangements with only one mohel.
3. For a Bris that will be properly scheduled, performed and recognized by all of the movements in Judaism and in Israel, use a traditional, certified Rabbi or Cantor mohel only!
Please email me only if you are willing to wait until after the Shabbat or holiday has concluded to make arrangements with me.
Waiting until after the Shabbat or holiday has concluded will insure that your son or grandson will have a beautiful, proper and kosher Bris. It will be scheduled properly, performed on the correct day and it will be universally recognized by all the movements of Judaism and in Israel. The down side is that Bris arrangements made on the Sabbath (Shabbat) or Jewish holiday will result in a questionable and/or halachically problematic Bris. Although it may not be a concern for you, it may have significant ramifications for your son or grandson in the future. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to be part of your simcha. Thank you and best wishes for a joyous and sweet Passover holiday!