Excerpted from Seder Brit Eloheha

face of newborn baby

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!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

Ritualwell content is available for free thanks to the generous support of readers like you! Please help us continue to offer meaningful content with a donation today. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Rituals

Shop Ritualwell - Discover unique Judaica products

The Reconstructionist Network

Serving as central organization of the Reconstructionist movement

Training the next generation of groundbreaking rabbis

Modeling respectful conversations on pressing Jewish issues

Curating original, Jewish rituals, and convening Jewish creatives

Count On Telling Your Story: A Ritualwell In-Person Immersion

Join us for Count On Telling Your Story: A Ritualwell In-Person Immersion on Sunday, June 9th. Mix and mingle with old and new friends, enjoy delicious kosher-vegetarian food and engage in a variety of creative, thought-provoking sessions exploring rituals, writing, and art.

Get the latest from Ritualwell

Subscribe for the latest rituals, online learning opportunities, and unique Judaica finds from our store.

The Reconstructionist Network