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.
Shavuot is a harvest festival and celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. Scheduling Brisses can be very challenging in view of the Shavuot holiday which this year is preceded by Shabbat! Shavuot begins on Saturday night, June 8th. Sunday, June 9th and Monday June 10th are holiday days. All emails received from Friday, June 7th after 6:00 PM through Monday night, June 10th will be returned Monday night, June 10th after 9:00 P.M. I will try to respond to as many emails as I can before Shabbat begins on Friday, June 7th.
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, May 31st through Monday night, June 3rd will have their brisses on Tuesday, June 11th which is a “make-up” day. Three days of Brisses will have to be scheduled into that Tuesday. It is possible that some Brisses may spill over into Wednesday, June 12th. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Tuesday in order to accommodate as many families as possible.
Similarly, any families who live outside of Manhattan will be scheduled for that “make-up” Tuesday, as well if the Bris coincides with the Sabbath or Shavuot.
**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 Shavuot holiday!