Excerpted from Seder Brit Eloheha

Parents say the following:

Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu l’hakhnisah bivrit eloheha im sarah imeinu v’avraham avinu.

B’rukhah At Ya Eloheinu ruah ha-olam asher kid’shatnu b’mitzvoteha v’tzivatnu l’hakhnisah bivrit eloheha im sarah imeinu v’avraham avinu.

You are the source of blessing, ETERNAL, our God, majesty of the universe, that has sanctified us with your mitzvot and commanded us to enter her into the covenant of her God with our mother Sarah and father Abraham. [See Proverbs 2:17]

Parents take myrtle leaf and perfume the baby’s earlobes, while reciting:

Ani hinnei vriti itakh.

As for Me, here is My covenant with you.

     –Genesis 17:4

Community opens an aisle in its midst, claps tree branches (distributed before the ceremony), and, while parents carry the baby on a pillow down the aisle and back, community sings:

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai ehad.

Listen, Israel: THE ETERNAL is our God, THE ETERNAL ONE alone!


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