You have just given birth to a baby boy; now you have eight days to plan his brit milah. The process is not as hard as you may think because usually the mohel that your choose will give you all the information that you need for a successful brit. Today with all of the technology around us, you can find out all of the information that you will need to have a successful brit with a little internet researching and googling. The brit milah is supposed to be held on the eighth day’s of the boy’s life and is usually held in the morning.
The brit milah is expected to be performed on the eighth day, with little exception, even if it falls on a Saturday or even Yom Kippur. If for some reason, you need to postpone the brit due to health purposes, the rescheduled date cannot take place on a Shabbat or a holiday. The mohel is the person in charge of making sure that the baby is healthy enough for the brit unless otherwise decided by a doctor. If the baby does not appear to be healthy enough, the date will be postponed. Judaism always takes caution when it come to physical health, so in general, the mohalim are very strict when it comes to the health of the baby.
Location of the Brit
One of the first things to consider in the process is the location of the brit. The first location that usually comes into mind is the synagogue. One important reason it may be more beneficial to perform the brit at the baby’s home is so the newborn does not get moved around too much, where in the synagogue he would be moved considerably more. If your home is big enough, it should definitely be an option to do it there. If health is a consideration, the mohel may perform the brit at the hospital.
Finding the Right Mohel
Finding a mohel to perform the brit can be relatively easy. Traditionally, you would just go to the local mohel, and he would perform the brit, now, you can find many different mohalim that can perform the brit, some of them including M.D.s. If you are unsure, you can always ask the local Jewish community or your rabbi which mohel they would recommend. If you want to get more options, a quick internet search can produce many different results for you on qualified mohalim.
After you have chosen the right mohel for you, you need to think about preparing your house or synagogue for the brit. The first thing you should consider is how many guests you are planning to have. It is important that you keep your guests fed, so finding a good caterer is another priority; your mohel can suggest one for you. You should also hire a photographer for the occasion and a Jewish calligrapher that can get you a certificate commemorating the event. All other questions, concerns, and details should be answered by the mohel. The whole ceremony should take no more than 15 minutes with the surgical procedure only taking up a few moments.