Brit Milah

For the first time in my life I was given the honor of being sandek, companion to the baby, while the brit melah was being performed.

For the first time in my life I was given the honor of being Sandek, companion to the infant, while the brit milah is being performed.

The commandment of circumcision, brit milah, is found in Genesis 17:10-14 and Leviticus 12:3.

The first Jew to be circumcised was Abraham, at G-d’s command. Brit milah is the first commandment specific to the Jewish people.

Yesterday was our grandson’s brit, or circumcision ceremony.

As sandek, I held the baby on my lap as the brit milah was performed.

It is at this time, that the child is given his name.

 

Meet Ariel Chaim, named after our son who passed away ten years ago, and in whose memory Seraphic Secret was started. Ariel Chaim's English name is Leo James, named after the beloved grandfather of Offspring #3s husband.

Meet Ariel Chaim, named after our son who passed away ten years ago, and in whose memory Seraphic Secret was started. Ariel Chaim was given the English name Leo James after our son-in-law’s beloved grandfather.

Karen and I and wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.

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  1. kgbudge
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I’m delighted to hear that there is another Ariel in the house of Avrech.
    “The sandek’s lap is compared to the Altar that was in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.”
    I don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this kind of symbolism. A tremendous honor to you. And am I not mistaken that “Ariel” can be translated as “altar of G-d”? So much tied together so beautifully.
    Congratulations to you.
     

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  2. Posted August 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    So lovely that the baby was given the name of your son, so dear in memory. Blessings on you and your family, Robert.

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  3. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Karen and I greatly appreciate all the wonderful and generous comments. We are filled with joy and hope.

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  4. Posted August 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    MAZALTOV! Bli eyin haraa, what a handsome baby!

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  5. Posted August 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Mazel tov to the entire mishpoacha!
    I was sandek at my now six year old grandson’s bris.
    I do not stand up close and personal at a bris, as I am always a little squeamish about actually watching the process.
    But, I was fascinated when I was sandek (very up close and personal) watching the mohel go pinch slide cut done!   Whoa, I thought to myself, that was amazing…
    Mazel tov again.

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  6. DrCarol
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh, how wonderful!  I am sure this was a sweet Shabbos for your entire family, rejoicing in the birth of Ariel Chaim.
    I am also sure his uncle is smiling and was a very real presence at this momentous occasion.
     
    From my family to yours, a heartfelt congratulations and blessings upon you all.

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  7. Shyla
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Any words I might have would fall short. I know your hearts are twice as full as mine. May God bless you and yours.

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  8. DavidP
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Utterly charming photos. Congratulations!
     

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  9. maya
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    How lovely and touching that Ariel’s memory lives on in the names of both his niece and his nephew. May your family know only joy from this latest addition (he’s adorable!). 

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  10. Brianna
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Mazel tov le’Robert ve’kol ha’mishpachah 🙂  May little Ariel be a blessing to you, and may his name be a blessing to him 🙂

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  11. Nickie Clifford
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Blessings to you and Karen. How lovely that there is another ‘Ariel’ in the family.

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    • Barry
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      A lovely thought, Nickie.  This is one I hoped for and even anticipated.

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  12. peter
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Mazel tov Robert and Karen. Simcha le olam.
    Peter

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  13. sennacherib
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Outstanding! An Irish blessing on him and all!

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  14. kishke
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Mazel tov! A very distinguished-looking sandek. Nice baby pic too.
     
    May parents and grandparents see much nachas from Ariel Chaim. How wonderful that he carries his uncle’s name!

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  15. Larry
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Mazel Tov times 9^(9^9)! That’s so large a number — the largest number represented by three digits — that my calculator can’t even figure how many times chai it is.

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  16. alterbentzion
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Mazal tov – great baby photo!

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  17. Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Mazel Tov! Much joy and happiness to your entire family, Robert.
     
    (and we have a rare photo of the author of this site!) 🙂

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  18. dahozho
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Mazel tov!!May you have many more opportunities to be the sandek!  (Did Karen get to bring Ariel Chaim in?)  May you both have only nachas & simchas!

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  19. Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Mazal Tov!  My father had 2 grandsons named after his father and was the Sandak at my son’s!
    Shabbat Shalom and enjoy!

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  20. jfisgus@yahoo.com
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! May this one be child ( and all your gradchildren) be tremendous source of nachas to you, your family, Klal Yisroel, and the Robono Shel Olam!
    Yonoson

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  21. Posted August 23, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Mazel Tov! Only simchas.

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