Sunday, March 04, 2007

A Cut Above the Rest

I skipped out on church this weekend to become a Jew.














My cousin, Monica, who converted to Judaism in order to marry her Israeli boyfriend, Haim, back in college, gave birth to an absolutely gorgeous baby boy exactly one week ago today.































In Jewish tradition, the child's name is not revealed until a week after it is born. In the case of a boy, it is revealed during the Bris or the circumcision ceremony, a ritual designed by God in the Old Testament to show a man set apart for Himself.

Stephanie and I were honored to be invited to the temple to observe the ceremony this morning.














The Bris was both a beautiful and an agonizing ceremony, all the more so because, unlike the women who had to sit in the back, I had a front row seat for an event I’m certainly glad I can’t remember.

After the circumcision itself, for which the baby was remarkably strong, he was held before the congregation and the name said amongst a blessing…

May I present Avner Jacob.














Mazal Tov!














Avner and the "Number One Son," big-brother Ezra spend some time getting to know each other.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Deletha said...

Thank you so much! The pics are beautiful and I love your account of the Blessed Event!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

I thought you might be the first person to respond to this one! Congrats Grama!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

The Bris is bad enough... but why do they always serve cold cuts afterward?

It's very disturbing...

11:51 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

You tell me my wayward Jewish friend! (Incidentely, we skipped the cold cuts for platters of fruit, veggies and wine from the Golan Heights.)

11:55 AM  

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