Baby Naming

Baby Naming

In the Torah it says that Hashem changed Avraham’s (Abraham) name from Avram to Avraham at the time of his circumcision. In keeping with that tradition, a Jewish boy is given his Hebrew name at the time of his Bris Milah. Judaism places a great deal of significance on a child’s Hebrew name.

A Hebrew name is a gift which lasts a lifetime. It is a symbol of Jewish identity and a banner your child will honor and cherish, linking him to his family heritage. It is often customary to name the child after someone who led a righteous life so that the child will try to emulate that individual. Ashkenazi Jews often name their children after a dearly departed relative, while Sephardic Jews sometimes name their children in honor of living relatives. In the case of someone who died at a young age, another name referring to life, or the name of a person who lived a full life is added. Consulting with your Rabbi or spiritual advisor is always commendable with regard to your customs.

WHEN TO DELAY A BRIS MILAH

A Bris Milah is never performed if it poses any danger to the infant. The doctor and/or mohel’s advice to delay a Bris for health reasons should always be heeded. In case of jaundice (yellow pigmentation of the skin), the bris cannot be performed; it is delayed until the bilirubin in the blood drops to a safe level. The bris may then be performed without endangering the child. In cases of some illnesses, a delay of seven days following full recovery is required. It is forbidden to postpone the bris for any reason other than health of the child, or in order to obtain a proper Mohel. It is the responsibility of the Mohel, in consultation with the doctor and the family, to determine if a delay is necessary according to Jewish law.


Mohel Rabbi Avrohom Rubin
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Aaron G.
Aaron G.
2020-05-18 16:35:31
R’ Rubin is the most amazing mohel, he was so professional and courteous. His bedside manor was next level, he explained everything so clearly and told me… read more
Atara G.
Atara G.
2020-05-15 06:16:45
Rabbi Rubin is professional and a well experienced expert in his field. We used him for the bris of four of our sons, and would use him again. In addition… read more
Alana K.
Alana K.
2017-08-28 10:26:22
Rabbi Rubin performed our son’s bris and I would highly recommend him! He is so knowledgable, experienced, and genuinely caring at the same time. He made… read more
Naomi K.
Naomi K.
2017-04-25 13:35:05
Last year my sister had a beautiful baby boy and Rabbi Rubin performed his Bris. After seeing how comfortable he made my nephew, how throughly he explained… read more
Solomon B.
Solomon B.
2017-01-29 19:49:30
Rabbi Rubin was extremely professional, clean and attentive. We used him for both of our sons and we couldn’t be happier. He walked us through every step of… read more