From the Scriptures/
Birth and Circumcision
The ceremony of the circumcision according to the Talmud

The Mohel (or another person) blesses the wine

Blessed are You, Lord our God, bless the fruit of the vine.

And prays for the wellbeing of the infant and his parents.

 

The Blessings

The Mohel recites the blessing, “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning circumcision.”4

Then he begins the circumcision.

The father recites the blessing, “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to enter him into the Covenant of Abraham our father.”

Those present respond:

“Just as he has entered into the Covenant, so may he enter into Torah, into marriage, and into good deeds.”

The community prays that the father must fulfil his other obligations throughout the child’s upbringing: to educate him, marry him off and raise him with acts of kindness.

 

And his name shall be in Israel ________

 

Announcing the child’s name

Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her who bore you rejoice.

My son, give me your heart,
And let your eyes observe my ways (Proverbs 23:25)

"'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!" (Ezekiel 16:6)

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: (Psalms 105:8-10)

When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him (Genesis 21:45)

 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endures forever (Psalms 118:1) The congregation answers: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, because his mercy endures forever (the name of the child) This small one shall grow, just as he has entered the covenant, so he will enter the Torah, the chuppah and good deeds. Amen.

The glass of wine is given to the godfather who drinks a little from it, and gives the rest to the child’s mother.

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