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Brit Milah
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Brit milah (Hebrew: בְרִית מִילָה [bə'rīt mī'lā] literally: "covenant [of] circumcision"), also berit milah (Sephardi), bris milah (Ashkenazi pronunciation) or bris (Yiddish) is a religious ceremony within Judaism that welcomes infant Jewish boys into a covenant between God and the Children of Israel through ritual circumcision performed by a mohel ("circumcisor") in the presence of family and friends, followed by a celebratory meal (seudat mitzvah).

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Brit Milah Checklist and After Ceremony Care Instructions

Brit Milah Checklist

  • 3 - 4 Disposable diapers
  • Wet Wipes
  • Receiving blanket
  • Sleeping Pillow (preferably firm and not oversized or over-stuffed)
  • Keepot/Yarmulkes
  • Pacifier
  • 2 Kiddush cups (Wine goblet or glass)
  • Kosher Sweet Wine (Kedem, etc.) (Baby's tend not to like dry wine!)
  • Table to be used during the brit milah for mohels instruments (sturdy card table is fine)
  • Infant Tylenol ģ (optional) [Ask your pediatrician for dosage]
  • Neosporin (leave at home for post-care)
  • Baby Oil (leave at home for post-care)
  • Please feed the baby approx. 1 hour prior to circumcision. ( DO NOT feed the baby within a 1/2 hour of the circumcision.)
  • No Diaper Rash cream starting the night before the bris. (You will be able to resume immediately following the bris if you wish.)

Brit Milah After Ceremony Instructions

∑ Until the mohel removes the bandage, each time the babyís diaper is changed squeeze a steady stream of baby oil over the bandage from all sides generously (or at least every 4 hours during the 24hrs. immediately following the circumcision.

∑ The morning after the bris, bath the baby twice prior to the mohel's arrival, to remove the bandage. (If the umbilical cord is still attached use just enough water to submerge the bandage.) Try and soak the bandage for at least 3-5 min.

∑ Wash the genitals gently after each bowel movement as necessary; using a few drops of soap (Johnsonís & Johnson's Baby Bath) in warm water and gently dry. Continue to wash in this manner for one week.

∑ Apply Neosporin ointment 3 times a day for 7 days directly to the wound area. (Preferably, apply ointment after bathing).

∑ The baby might be uncomfortable for several days and will heal in 2-3 weeks with some swelling for up to a month after the circumcision. The head of the penis will be very red following the bris; the area immediately behind the head of the penis will be quite swollen for several days. There may be a yellow-white substance or moist film near the wound for up to 2 weeks, all of this is completely normal and will disappear.

(Please donít hesitate to call Rabbi Dani Kermaier 24 hrs/day if you are at all concerned regarding any signs of bleeding).

Rabbi Dani Kermaier

cell: 410-402-0540

home: 443-501-1066

For more information on Rabbi Kermaire or if you are interested in having him as mohel for your son's Brit Milah, please visit his website at

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