Photographs of a Bris
Yosef ben Beryl
October 9, 2006
A bris is a hugely joyous occasion to the Jewish community. Besides the opportunity to
recognize our covenant with G-d, it is a chance to welcome another Jewish male to the
community. On Yom Kippur, 2006 our neighbors had a baby boy. The bris was the following
Monday. I grabbed my tallis, lulav and esrog (it was during Succos) and my camera and
headed to the Chabbad in New City, NY. Rabbi Ganz, who heads the Torah Outreach
Project at the Shabbos House in Suffern, was the mohel.
As one would imagine, it is quite the occasion. At left, the
father, having finished morning davening, is
. Having gone through two (well, 3) myself, I can tell
no father takes this lightly.

As with everything, a Barucha is required. Here Rabbi
Ganz and Beryl say the appropriate blessings before
starting. Each has his own set: the father, and the mohel,
for being able to perform such a mitzvah.
Before starting,
many honored
guests, friends
and family
members are
given honorary
roles of
Here a
delivers Yosef
from his mother
to the arms of the
mohel, who will
hand him to the
Here the sandik,
in this case the
holds Yosef
before the
mohel starts.

After, we were
told the gown
Yosef was
wearing is 101
years old, and
belonged to his
One can't help feeling
there can't be enough
hands touching the
baby in reassurance.
Finally, the mohel is ready. Sandik holds on for dear life, and in probably less than a minute the thousands of years old tradition is completed once again.
When the mohel is done the sandik hands him to his father for some short but quality bonding time. The immediate participants share a barucha over
wine. In the right photo, Yosef's uncle is holding him.
The mohel says a few words about the event, the covenant, the mitzvah. After everyone has said a
barucha, it's time to share in the simcha. We all went into the Chabbad's succah for an excellent breakfast.
(C) 2006 DavidRose.us
Rabbi Ganz