Brit Milah (also known as a bris) is the ceremony that welcomes a baby boy into the Jewish community through the ritual of circumcision. In this ritual, the parents confirm their family’s participation in the eternal commitment between God and the Jewish people and their affirmation of Jewish life for another generation. The ceremony can be held in the home or at the synagogue.
Brit Bat is the ceremony that welcomes a baby girl into the covenant between the Jewish people and God. There is no set liturgy and unlike the brit milah for a boy, there are no rules about when or where. A brit bat on Shabbat can take place during worship services either on Friday night. The baby is brought up to the bima where the rabbi blesses the baby and the parents speak about her namesake(s). It is customary to contribute toward the Oneg Shabbat or to make a contribution to the synagogue in the baby’s honor.
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