the biblical ceremony of circumcision (Berit milah) performed on the eight
day is a revered tradition in the Jewish faith. The ceremony often includes the
giving of the Hebrew name and a short explanation of why the name was chosen for
the baby boy.
Many modern parents struggle with the whole concept, but if you
decide that the tradition is one you want to keep, you can find some good resources
for the ceremony - and the party to celebrate the occasion..
A Jewish Child Is Born
- The section for parents to read has a complete guide to everything you'll need
for the ceremony. The positions of honor are explained as well as caring for the
baby in the days after the ceremony. They also have information on girls ceremonies.
Introduction to the Bris (Brit Milah) - More basic information including an outline of the basic order of the ceremony and an overivew of traditions and customs.
Doctor.com - Mohelet, Dr. Dorothy Greenbaum from Long Island, New York,
has put together a site to explain the bris. There is a flash introduction with
music that can be skipped.
My Jewish Learning - Baby Ceremonies- A collection of resources on the brit milah (covenantal
circumcision ceremony) and the brit bat or simchat bat (covenant
ceremony for girls).