The traditional Jewish circumcision ceremony occurs at a Jewish religious center or synagogue. It is easy and safe. The child is not awakened for several days, but is allowed to rest and recover for the rest of the day. The Jewish mohel prays for the baby and gives him a Hebrew name. The father consumes a glass and the mother saves the remainder. Although traditionally the mother was not allowed to attend the circumcision ceremony, many mothers choose to be present.
This tradition has changed over time. The Talmud says that circumcision was practiced for more then 2,000 years. Doctors only became interested in this ritual after the Middle Ages. Modern health practices were taught to rabbis and sages by sages and rabbis. For example, a mohel infected with the herpes virus would transmit it to the child’s circumcision wound, and this could cause the child to have encephalitis, which can damage the brain.
A vigil is performed prior to the circumcision ceremony. This is done to protect the child from Lilith or other evil spirits. The Mohel is usually a licensed medical practitioner and administers anesthesia during circumcision. The “Kvatterr” delivers a speech during the vigil, and the child is brought into the room. The ceremony ends with the naming of the baby and the blessing of the godparents.
Some Jewish scholars and sages question whether a brit-milah ceremony is necessary. In the Talmud, there was a dispute over whether preparations for the britmilah ceremony were prohibited on the Sabbath. However, the Sages ruled they are allowed provided they take place prior to the Sabbath. The Talmud’s rabbis affirmed that a boy should circumcise to avoid death-threatening situations, and that a child should not be hurt by it.
The ritual of circumcision marks an individual as a chosen person. It marks the completion a man’s bodily, which means that his soul is complete. The issue of hemorhages was taken up by the Sages, who even recognized hemophilia. Accordingly, a woman whose sister had been circumcised twice before must undergo a fetal pregnancy to prevent a son from becoming pregnant.
The ceremony also unites people descended from Abraham. The ritual remembers Abraham’s chastity and his dread before God. It unites peoples through their shared chastity, and a commitment towards a holy God. At the BRIS, the baby is given his name and a nickname. This ritual is a blessing all by itself. If the parents are unable perform this ritual for some reason, they can choose to celebrate circumcision in another way.
Before the procedure, mother will say prayers for her baby’s safety. A benediction for the well-being of the child will be recited by a mohel. The baby is placed in her womb, and the mother is kept awake. Once the child is grown, she will be given the gender and sex information. She will be circumcised by the time she turns three years old and will be reunited when she marries.
The eve of circumcision, known as veula, is one of the most joyous moments in the ceremony. The protection of evil spirits, such as Lilith, is associated with the vigil. In the twilight, the sage recites a poem appropriate for the occasion. The mother stays awake during this vigil, and the hazzan delivers a kaddish to commemorate the child’s death.
The Jewish tradition of marking chosen ones is the veula. The Talmud associates the veula with the protection of the sage against Lilith and other evil spirits. The vigil occurs before the circumcision ceremony. However the mother remains awake during the ceremony. The veula is a traditional part of the Jewish culture. Each veula has its own significance.
A vakhnakh is an important part of the Jewish ceremony. A mohel (a man selected by the father for circumcision of his son) is an important part of the Jewish ceremony. This ritual is performed by a vakhnakh. The vakhnakh is also the person who performs the circumcision. A vakhnakh, who is observant of the halachic rules and is accompanied in this role by a group or friends, is also known as a vakhnakh.