So, You have just had a boy.
Have you set the date?
There are some exceptions, but typically, if a boy is born before sundown, then the Bris is on the same day of the week the next week. If he is born after sundown, then the Bris is typically on the following day of the week the next week.
So, for example, a child born Wednesday morning, Wednesday is his first day and the next Wednesday is his eighth day. If he was born after sundown Wednesday, then Thursday is his first day and Thursday the next week will be his eighth day.
What are the exceptions? Religious and his health only. This is carved in stone -- and my Boss does care that the day is correct. Contact me right away to set the Bris on the correct day.
Have you picked out a name?
Are you naming him for someone? At a Bris, we use ritual oblects -- a tallis for the prophet Elijah, a kiddush cup, a kippah, and maybe candlesticks. If the person or people that you are naming for left any of those items, try to see if you can borrow them for the ceremony. After all, if his kiddush cup is available, isn't that the one we should use?
If you can, try to get the Hebrew / Yiddish name of the person or people that you are naming for. If you like it -- great -- you can give that name to your son. If not, then maybe we can find one together that has a similar sound or meaning. Let me know if I can help.
Who would you like to give honors to?
Think about who will be at the ceremony that you would like to honor. When we talk, we will go through the honors available and match those to the people on your list.
Know that this is your mitzvah.
There are only about three minutes of the ceremony that are carved in stone -- everything else is up to you. When we talk, don't be shy to tell me which prayers, readings, songs, etc. you would like and which ones you want to change or omit. I am there to provide my hands, voice, and experience. But it is your mitzvah.
Together, we will make a ceremony that is loving to your son and meaningful (and, yes, even fun -- this is a Simcha) for all who atend.
Want more info or to schedule a ceremony. Contact me.