6th Graders Write about the Brit Milah

Last Friday, instead of a mitzvah trip, we attended minyan. It was a special occasion for Rabbi Jesse and Andrea Olitzky because they just had a baby boy eight days ago. We were invited to attend the Brit Milah for the baby. A Brit Milah (ברית מילה) is when a baby boy get circumcised eight days after he is born. The commandment of Brit Milah was commanded by God in Genesis 17:10-14. The Brit Milah is a symbol of the covenant that God made with Abraham and all his descendants to come. God told Abraham to circumcise himself and all the male in his household.

Usually, Brit Milot are private celebrations and only certain people are invited. In this case, Rabbi O invited the whole Jewish community to attend this milestone. The service for the actual circumcision started off with the baby’s grandmothers lighting candles. We then rose, welcoming the baby, parents, and older sister. We all sang B’Shem Hashem, and the parents read a prayer that means they are ready for their son to get circumcised. TheMohel named Rabbi Israel Barzak, a Jewish person who is trained especially to do this task, asked if Rabbi Olitzky would like to perform the circumcision, or if he would like him to do it on his behalf. The mother, chalices,cups,Jewish,Judaism,religion,Star of David,symbolsKvatter, and the father,Kvatterin, authorized the Mohel to perform the circumcision. The uncle, Sandak, held the baby during the delicate operation.Digital StillCameraThe Mohel said another prayer for the Brit Milah, placed a little wine in the baby’s mouth, and the circumcision was performed. He removed the foreskin with a special knife preserved for occasions like this. The baby’s name is finally revealed for the first time.

The second part of the ceremony was the naming part. The baby’s mom recited a prayer to thank God for a successful recovery. The parents then said why they chose Noah Abraham as their baby’s name. Noah Abraham is named after his great-grandfather and also the biblical character of Noah and Abraham. Noah Abraham’s grandmothers came up again to say a blessing for their grandson. Then, his great-grandparents came up to bless their great grandchild. The parents offered a parental blessing and we ended by singing Siman Tov u’Mazal Tov.

After all that, we got to eat a late, but fancy breakfast of bagels with lox and other pastries. The celebratory meal is Seudat Mitzvahcalled a Seudat Mitzvah. That was the whole Brit Milah service and the first Brit Milah that I can remember attending (I do not remember my own).

My name is Benjamin Alexander. I was named in honor of my great-grandmother and her name is Bessie. She is my father’s grandmother. Jewish babies are usually named after a relative. Ashkenazi Jews name their children after deceased relatives, while Sephardic Jews name their children in honor of a living relative.brit bat

A modern day innovation to the Brit Milah for girls is called a Brit Bat, or a Simchat Bat, is a “covenant for a daughter.” On the Sabbath after a girl is born, she is given a name in the synagogue in a special prayer. It could also be done on a Monday, Thursday, or Saturday when the Torah is read.

I thought it was very kind of Rabbi Olitzky to invite us to his son’s Brit Milah. I finally know the process of circumcision. I would like to do a mitzvah trip similar to this one, maybe a Brit Bat. I wish the Olitzky family has a happy time with their newborn baby.

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The Most Important Moment of Your Life

Posted on October 28, 2013 by eliorl

On Friday, we got to watch the Rabbi Olitzky’s baby have his Brit Milah. I am honored that he wanted to invite the middle school to such a special event. A baby’s Brit Milah is one of the most important moment of a baby’s life. The baby was a boy and he was named Noah-Abraham after his great grandfather. After the ceremony, the middle school got to go and have a special breakfast in honor of the baby. It was delicious!

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The people that participated in the ceremony were Noah’s mother, Noah’s father, Noah’s uncle, and the Mohel. Noah’s mother and father were the kvatter and kvatterin. This means that they were the people who brought the baby into the room. Noah’s uncle was the sandak. He was the person who held Noah during the circumcision. TheMohel was the person who circumcised Noah. \


A baby is circumcised eight days after he/she is born. Usually, people have Brit Milahs at their house or at the synagogue. Then person that performs the ceremony is called the Mohel. His job is to circumcise the baby. A baby is usually named after a relative, but the names don’t sound exactly the same.

My name, Elior, means my G-d is light. I was named after my grandma. Her name was Estelle. See, when someone is named after someone it doesn’t sound exactly the same or it wouldn’t be unique. When a girl is named, she had something called a Simchat Bat. Usually, the ceremony takes place on the sabbath after she is born, but it can take place on Thursday during Torah readings. I am happy that we were invited to the ceremony. It was a big honor and the middle school had a lot of fun. I hope more opportunities like this come to us in the future.

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