(YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE Ministry Congregation, Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

The BRIT MILAH BRACHOT/Circumcision Blessings

BRIT MILAH FULFILS THE COMMANDMENT OF YAH (a.k.a ELOHIM) ALMIGHTY!

 

SHALOM!

The BRIT MILAH (a.k.a BRIS) is also a NAMING CEREMONY or RE-NAMING CEREMONY depending on whether you are a baby or an adult!

 

If you are planning to have the Abrahamic Covenant Ritual Circumcision done to you as an adult, ask YAH (a.k.a ELOHIM) Almighty to give you the Hebrew name (language of creation plus YAH’S prefered language) that HE as your CREATOR/MAKER would like you to bear both spiritually and physically!

As an adult, you don’t have to change your name officially. The name can be between you and YAH Almighty as well the people you fellowship with!

 

You are to do the same for your baby from the day they are born until the 8th day of birth – pray about which name should be given to your child.

 

BRIT MILAH marks NEW BEGINNINGS in one’s life (as it is an 8th day Covenant!

 

Prayer:

May you begin to see good and blessed NEW BEGINNINGS in your life as your faithfully fulfil YAH’S Mitzvah/Commandment, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!

 

 

BRIT MILAH (a.k.a BRIS)/Covenant Ritual Circumcision (

Important ABRAHAMIC COVENANT Teaching…)

 

 

The following would be very useful for any adult male is planning to have a Brit Milah done to them in due course. Additionally, the same can be used for any one who is planning a Brit Milah a.k.a Bris for their son.

 

The Blessings

The father says the following bracha/blessing:

Ba-ruch A-tah A-DO-NOI (YAHUVEH) E-LOI-HEI-NU
Me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-chee-ya-nu v’ki-yi-ma-nu
vi-hi-gi-ya-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

Blessed are You, LORD (YAHUVEH) our GOD (ELOHIM), King of the
Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and
enabled us to reach this occasion.

 

The mohel recites The BLESSING/BRACHA:

“Blessed are You, LORD (YAHUVEH) our GOD (ELOHIM), King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with HIS commandments and commanded us concerning circumcision.”

Then he begins the circumcision.

The father recites the blessing:

“Baruch atah A-DONAY (YAHUVEH), ELO-HEINU Melech Ha’Olamasher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu le-hach-ni-soh bivrito shel Avraham Avinu

“Blessed are You, LORD (YAHUVEH) our GOD (ELOHIM), 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:

“Ke-shem she-nich-nas la-brit kein yi-ka-neis le-to-rah le-choo-pah oo-le-ma-a-sim to-vim.”

 

“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 merit to fulfill his other obligations throughout the child’s upbringing:

  • to educate him,
  • marry him off,

and

  • raise him with acts of kindness.

 

In most Sephardic communities the father says his blessing before the circumcision, followed by the blessing of Shehechiyanu:

 

Ba-ruch A-tah A-DO-NOI (YAHUVEH) E-LOI-HEI-NU
Me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-chee-ya-nu v’ki-yi-ma-nu
vi-hi-gi-ya-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

Blessed are You, LORD (YAHUVEH) our GOD (ELOHIM), King of the
Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and
enabled us to reach this occasion.

 

 

The following video would be very  useful to watch as it is encouraging:

 

Circumcision Prophecy – Abrahamic Covenant (Amightywind Prophecy 135)

 

 

 

Brit Milah a.k.a The Abrahamic Covenant of Circumcision is usually performed on the same day as the Naming Ceremony for new born baby boys. It is therefore a very special ceremony in the Hebrew/Jewish culture. Some people around the world who are not Jewish also follow this tradition.

Genesis 17:9-27 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Elohim also said to Abraham, “You and your descendants in generations to come are to be faithful to my promise. 1This is how you are to be faithful to my promise: Every male among you is to be circumcised. 11 All of you must be circumcised. That will be the sign of the promise from me to you. 12 For generations to come every male child who is eight days old must be circumcised, whether he is born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner who’s not related to you. 13 Every male born in your household or bought with your money is to be circumcised without exception. So my promise will be a sign on your flesh, an everlasting promise. 14 Any uncircumcised male must be excluded from his people because he has rejected my promise.”

 

Compare versions:

Genesis 17 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Covenant of Circumcision

17 When Abram was 99 years old, Adonai appeared to Abram, and He said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Continually walk before Me and you will be blameless. My heart’s desire is to make My covenant between Me and you, and then I will multiply you exceedingly much.”

Abram fell on his face, and God spoke with him, saying, “For My part, because My covenant is with you, you will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will your name be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, because I make you the father of a multitude of nations. Yes, I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings will come forth from you. Yes, I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your seed after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, in order to be your God and your seed’s God after you. I will give to you and to your seed after you the land where you are an outsider—the whole land of Canaan—as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”

God also said to Abraham, “As for you, My covenant you must keep, you and your seed after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant that you must keep between Me and you and your seed after you: all your males must be circumcised. 11 You must be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and this will become a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 Also your eight-day-olds must be circumcised, every male, throughout your generations, including a house-born slave or a slave bought with money from any foreigner who is not of your seed. 13 Your house-born slave and your purchased slave must surely be circumcised. So My covenant will be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 But the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin—that person will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her by the name Sarai. Rather, Sarah is her name. 16 And I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son from her. I will bless her and she will give rise to nations. Kings of the peoples will come from her.”

17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to his heart, “Will a son be born to a 100-year-old man? Or will Sarah—who is 90 years old—give birth?” 18 So Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live before you!”

19 But God said, “On the contrary, Sarah your wife will bear you a son and you must name him Isaac. So I will confirm My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his seed after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. See, I have blessed him and I will make him fruitful, and I will multiply him very very much. He will father twelve princes and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant will I establish with Isaac whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.”

22 When He finished speaking with him, God went up from Abraham.

23 Then Abraham took Ishmael his son and all of his house-born slaves and all his purchased slaves—every male among the men of Abraham’s house—and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskin on this very same day, just as God had spoken with him. 24 Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, 25 and his son Ishmael was 13 years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 On this very same day Abraham and Ishmael his son were circumcised. 27 Also all the men of his house, house-born slaves and slaves purchased from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.

 

 

 

YAH (a.k.a ELOHIM) Almighty commanded the Jewish people (Leviticus 12:2), “On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” The act of circumcision, marking the completion of the body, is a human act. This teaches us that our spiritual, emotional, moral and ethical perfection requires human effort. YAH cannot do it for us.

 

Exodus 12:48 King James Version (KJV)

48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

 

 

There are many partnerships into which a person will enter during his or her lifetime.

Most of them, at some point, will come to a natural end, or will be broken by one of the parties.

The brit, ritual circumcision, is a symbol of our partnership with YAH Almighty.

Etched in the flesh of our physical bodies, the Covenant will never end or be forgotten. This is known as a brit milah (or bris).

 

The brit is performed anytime between sunrise and sunset on the eighth day from when the child was born.

If health complications delay the circumcision, it is performed immediately after the stable health of the child is confirmed.

Traditionally, it is preferable to perform the circumcision at the synagogue, following morning prayers.

Thus, if the baby is born premature, weak, or ill in any way, or if he is diagnosed with a health condition such as jaundice or an eye infection, the circumcision is temporarily postponed. We wait for the child’s full recovery before performing the circumcision. In certain cases, we wait seven full days after his recovery before performing the brit. Contact a competent rabbi or mohel, ritual circumciser, to discuss any circumstances that may necessitate a postponement.

In the case of twin boys, when one is healthy and can undergo a circumcision while the other is not, we make each brit separately; we do not wait to circumcise them both at the same time.

 

Note that the Bris is usually performed by a Mohel.

Who Is the Mohel?

A mohel is expertly trained to perform the brit milah (Jewish circumcision). In addition to being learned and experienced, the mohel should be a pious Jew, fitting to bring the next generation into the Covenant of Abraham.

 

The Father’s Representative

We read in the Holy Biblical Scriptures, “And Abraham circumcised Isaac his son. From this verse, we derive that it is incumbent upon the father to circumcise his son.

Since most men do not know how to perform a brit milah (covenant ritual circumcision), the father elects a deputy to circumcise his son instead. The one who performs the circumcision is called a mohel.

The task of the mohel is not to be taken lightly. The mohel is required to study Jewish law so as to be be familiar with the ancient traditions included in the circumcision ceremony, and must have expertise in the surgical process.

  • He undergoes intense training, learning the latest hygienic and medical techniques needed for the circumcision.
  • He also receives instruction for evaluating the infant prior to the circumcision, and for providing post-procedural care.
  • All this is done under the close supervision of a veteran expert mohel.

 

The infant needs to be in good health for the circumcision to be performed. Common issues in newborns include:

  • high levels of jaundice,
  • fever or infections.

 

A trained mohel will know how to evaluate the health of the infant, and will visit at least once during the week before the circumcision to make sure everything is okay. If the mohel is unable to visit, he will advise the family to take the infant to a doctor who will evaluate his health.

If there is any doubt whether the child is healthy enough, we are stringent about the child’s welfare, and delay the ceremony until we are sure he is healthy.

  • The circumcision is almost painless for the child.
  • Ritual circumcision is performed using a finely honed blade of surgical steel, like a scalpel, and a non-constricting guard which is placed over the foreskin.
  • The procedure involves the removal of a small piece of skin; no actual flesh or muscle is cut at all.
  • A newborn will tend to cry as soon as his diaper is opened and he is uncovered. This may be due to a need to feel enclosed, or merely because he is feeling cold.
  • As a mohel, I have always noticed that the baby starts to cry before the procedure has even begun.
  • Notice, also, that the infant stops crying shortly after the procedure has been completed, and then usually falls asleep.
  • Many experienced mohels would not use a clamp, since it crushes and severs the skin, the nerve endings, and the blood vessels, causing extreme pain and trauma to the child.

 

Why Eight Days?

In accordance with the biblical verse, “On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised, the brit is performed on the eighth day.

In addition, the eight day wait allows the infant to attain the physical strength needed to undergo the surgical procedure.

A deeper explanation: while the number seven is related to the natural world—seven days of the week, seven notes to an octave—the number eight goes one step beyond into the supernatural.

Circumcision also takes us beyond the natural order—our very physical body enters into a covenant with YAH Almighty who creates nature at every moment. It all starts by etching a covenant in our body on the 8th day, thereby sealing our miraculous connection to a higher authority. 

 

If it’s for a child,

The father of the infant stands next to the mohel, the one who will perform the circumcision.The father picks up the surgical knife and hands it to the mohel, stating that he appoints the mohel as his deputy to perform the brit milah, the circumcision.The knife is extremely sharp, and double edged, in order to cause the least pain possible.The Sephardic custom is for the mohel to say, at this point in the ceremony:

bereshut moirei verabotai,”

“with the permission of my teachers and the community.”

 

The community responds:

l’chaim,”

 

“to life.”

 

 

Shehecheyanu (or Shehechiyanu)

The shehecheyanu blessing is recited, in addition to the regular blessing, whenever doing something for the first time that year, like doing a mitzvah, such as the first lighting the Chanukah candles, reading the Megillah on Purim, and taking the lulav and etrog on Sukkot.

In addition the first time each year one eats a fruit or vegetable which is seasonal, i.e., one which grows only at a certain time of the year, the fruit is considered a “new fruit” and this special blessing is recited.

The shehecheyanu should preferably be said before the regular blessing on the fruit, although some have the custom to say it afterwards. The blessing is said only if the fruit is ripe (not dried). Examples of seasonal fruits over which one can say this blessing: kiwi, fresh figs or dates, pomegranates, cherries, tangerines, cantaloupes, and strawberries.

 

Ba-ruch A-tah A-DO-NOI (YAHUVEH) E-LOI-HEI-NU
Me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-chee-ya-nu v’ki-yi-ma-nu
vi-hi-gi-ya-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

Blessed are You, LORD (YAHUVEH) our GOD (ELOHIM), King of the
Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and
enabled us to reach this occasion.

 

 

Brit Milah: Jewish Traditions for Welcoming a Baby Boy

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