This is Very Important!
Please follow these directions
Purchase the following medical
supplies for wound aftercare:
(click on the links below to see actual pictures of the products)
- Vaseline or pure white petroleum jelly in a tube - 2
tubes of at least 3.0 oz.
- Neosporin Plus Pain Relief Ointment or Mycitracin-Plus ointment - 2
tubes of at least 1.0 oz.
- 3x3" or 4x4" Sterile surgical gauzes (2 boxes or approx. 50 total gauzes)
- Infant Tylenol
- Note: There are generics available for all the above
supplies, ask the pharmacist to guide you.
Preparations for the baby:
- Feed the baby until the ceremony begins. Dress the
baby as you wish... just no snapped one-piece suits.
- Administer the Tylenol drops (Apap) 30 min. prior to
Dosage: 0.4 ml = (1/3 eye dropper).
a parking space for the Mohel (I keep
emergency supplies in the car)
- Large open room --- Preferably dining or
living room. Ceremony should be held inside.
Because guests remain standing during a Bris, be sure to
clear the room of coffee tables, chairs, etc. Please
remember to raise the chandelier... if it is suspended
low! Also, make sure that there is good lighting.
- Large table --- sturdy, large, waist-high
table (dining or breakfast table preferable, minimum.
4x4ft.), placed 3-4 feet away from a wall. Any shape,
will do... No flimsy card or diaper changing tables
- Table Cloth -- plain blue or white fabric is
traditional... some families use their wedding chuppah.
Any color or style may be used. Please no plastic!
- Two Sleeping Pillows -- 2
standard sized sleeping pillows. One pillow
is for the baby to rest on during the procedure, the other for the "Chair of Elijah". Please
have the pillows on the table prior to my
- Excellent light source and also... two tall
tapered candles with holders. Please supply two red
roses in place of candles, if the Bris falls on a
Saturday. Please make sure there is plenty of light in
the room and over the ceremonial table. I really need
good light to facilitate a safe and successful
- Small Trash or Plastic Trash Bag
- Have these items on the ceremonial table prior to
- Extra pamper or cloth diaper with wipes... in case
of... well you know!
- One plain receiving blanket --- Preferably white
or powder blue. Not to wrap the baby!
- One pacifier & one small cotton burp cloth or
- Pre poured wine for each guest -- to join in the
- Plastic or Oneg Shabbat cups are absolutely
acceptable. Please place the pre poured wine for the
guests separately from the ceremonial table... an
adjoining room or a counter top is an easy option. The
guests will be asked to get their wine during the
- Four (4) Kiddush Cups or fine wine glasses on the
ceremonial table --- Please have the cups 1/3 full
with either Kosher wine or grape juice. The babies
definitely respond better to traditional Manishevitz
red (Concord grape) wine but there are new Kosher
white wines available too... better for light carpets!
You may substitute Kedem Kosher grape juice for wine.
The choice of wine or juice, is ultimately up to you.
Be sure to have some sweet wine or grape juice for the
baby if a dry wine is chosen for the guests!
- One chair for each Sandek.
The Sandek sits during much of the ceremony.
Before the Ceremony:
- Choose the participants for the ceremony --
(Candle lighters, Godparents, Sandek etc.), as follows:
- 1-2 Candle lighters,
- 1-4 readers,
- 1 or 2 Sandek,
- if no Godparents then use grandmothers.
- Then, fill out the bris
and... please print clearly! Do not mail it back
to the mohel... instead keep it for the ceremony.
- Inform participants that they may share
special thoughts about the baby. Compose a letter or poem
(an ethical guide) to your son describing his namesake
& what special hopes you have for his future. This is
essentially a moral or ethical guide.
- Please have the candle lighters/poem readers
arrive a few minutes early in order to review their
roles. Remind everyone to bring their reading
- Disconnect the telephone during the ceremony.
Place Ceremony in Progress, Please Enter Quietly
sign on your front door.
- Have extra cameras available & load extra
film into these cameras. Assign photo responsibility to
someone. Strongly consider hiring a professional
photographer for the occasion.
- If there is a special family talis (i.e.
grandfather or dad's), we'll use it to wrap the
- Scatter flower petals (rose or other types)
about the periphery of the table, in addition consider a
small simple flower arrangement to add a special beauty
to the table. (12 inch max. height).
- Family photos - Weddings, portraits, the
baby's namesake. Other mementos & heirlooms such as
the namesake's tefilin, lighter, glasses, watch, pen,
wedding band or wallet adds a nice touch when placed on
the ceremonial table near the front edge.
- If you would like suggestions for a food
nurse or even
some Klezmer music, please contact my office (800) 644-4479.