Judaism Life Cycle Outline

Topics: Judaism, Brit milah, Rite of passage Pages: 4 (990 words) Published: November 14, 2006
Brit Milah
Welcoming ceremony into Judaism for a boy
Includes circumcision
Covenant of Circumcision
Occurs 8 days after birth - VERY important, nothing interrupts Ritual objects used:
Circumcision tools (anesthetic is possible according to some), tallit (prayer shawl), booklet with ceremony text, Elijah's Chair Time of ceremony – early in the morning
Ritual setting – morning prayer service
Parts of ceremony – welcomed, circumcision, naming, festive meal. Participants – moyel (person who does the circumcision "surgery"), parents, grandparents, Godparents, sandek (person given a role of honor) , rabbi Biblical roots are in Genesis in the story of Abraham

Brit haBat or Brit Bat
Covenant of the daughter
Other names: Brit Hayyim (Covenant of Life)
Relatively new ceremony, commonly done for the past 30 - 40 years. Welcoming ceremony into Judaism for a girl
When: Anytime after 8 days old
Ritual setting – often morning prayer service
Ritual objects used:
Tallit, booklet with ceremony text, Elijah's Chair
Parts of ceremony – welcome, naming, parent letter, festive meal Participants – moyel (person who does the circumcision "surgery"), parents, grandparents, Godparents, sandek (person given a role of honor) , rabbi

Judaism and Names
Ashkenazic Jews (from Norther or EasterEurope) - name Hebrew names after deceased family member Saphardic Jews (from Spain, North Africa, Middle East) – name Hebrew names after living family member

Judaism – Life Cycle Education
Honey on the Page
Ancient Custom
Learning should be a sweet thing
Consecration
Ceremony at the beginning of a child's formal religious education. Often done on the holiday of Simchat...
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