Geffen’s Bris

March 5, 2013

The Jewish Tradition of Circumcision

What an emotional day!

I’ve attended the Bris of other people’s babies and wasn’t all that affected; but of course you’re more sensitive when it’s your own baby being circumcised. The cantor assured us Geffen would be okay and wouldn’t remember the pain.

So it was on this day that Geffen officially became a Jew with this important ceremony. He was born on a Tuesday, and so his bris was held the following Tuesday. (A bris is held 8 days after the birth. In Judaism, if the baby is born before sunset, the day he is born is considered day one.)

Since it was held in the middle of the week, I didn’t expect a large turnout. However, I was very surprised that so many of our friends and my co-workers were able to attend! We held it midday, so everyone came during their lunchbreak from work. After the ceremony I went to feed Geffen and by the time I came down to chat with everyone, the crowd left (to go back to work). Oh well, what an exhausting day! I remember Dan I were grateful to have a little bit of time to ourselves afterwards to be alone with Geffen and take brief naps.

By the way, thank you to Brian who shot these photos when Dan and I were too nervous to take any ourselves; and thanks to Hughe who gave us some more photos that he shot, later! My boss Steve also gave me a couple of video clips that I’ve incorporated in this blog. I’m so thankful for these documented memories, everyone!

DSC_0323

DSC_0324

DSC_0327

DSC_0331

DSC_0332

DSC_0333

DSC_0334

DSC_0335

DSC_0339

DSC_0340

DSC_0342

DSC_0343

DSC_0345

DSC_0348

DSC_0349

DSC_0351

DSC_0352

DSC_0354

DSC_0355

DSC_0357

DSC_0361

DSC_0362

DSC_0363

DSC_0365

DSC_0367

DSC_0369

DSC_0376

DSC_0378

DSC_0383

DSC_0385

DSC_0388

DSC_0391

DSC_0392

DSC_0394

DSC_0395

DSC_0397

DSC_0398

DSC_0402

DSC_0405

DSC_0409

DSC_0410

DSC_0412

And thank you to our friend Hughe who also documented this important day for us in his blog, which you can read by clicking here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: