Why a Bris?
A bris is a symbol, which connects the Jewish male to G-d. When a new soul enters this world in the form of a baby, its greatest wish is to bond with G-d. That connection creates a sense of wholesomeness in a person’s life. The foreskin is the wall between the new baby and G-d. A person with a foreskin is severely limited in his connection to G-d. A bris is infinitely more than a physical surgery; it’s a spiritual surgery that allows us to connect with our infinite G-d. We all want to have that connection with G-d as He possesses the keys to our health, wealth, and peace, and we ask of Him to share those gifts with us. So from the time the child is eight days old we remove that proverbial wall that exists between this child and G-d and we create an everlasting bond between G-d and the baby. A girl is considered to be born circumcised and naturally is born with a connection to G-d.
The moment a male Jew is circumcised, he becomes part of a chain that dates back to our forefather Abraham. Abraham, who lived around 4000 years ago, was the first Jew who was commanded by G-d to circumcise himself at the age of 99 and his newborn son Isaac on the 8th day after his birth.
Bris Milah (Circumcision) becomes the badge of honor for every Jewish male. The circumcision is a mark and a stamp on a Jew’s body demonstrating that we are subservient and connected to G-d. The Circumcision is the one Mitzvah that once performed stays with the individual every moment of his life. There will never be a day that he will be completely devoid of a Mitzvah because he will always have the Mitzvah of circumcision with him.
God ordained that sign is to be placed on the reproductive organ of every Jewish male to symbolize that circumcision is essential to Jewish eternity.
Kabalah tells us that when a bris is performed on the eighth day, all negative forces leave the person’s body. It is at this juncture that the individual has the opportunity to reach his G-d given potential. Throughout life there are so many encumbrances, which we are confronted with, however, if we have G-d on our side, through the sheer power of the bris, this uniquely unparalleled covenant that we have with Him affords us the extra strength to overcome any obstacle that may stand in our path.
All parents have a responsibility to circumcise their male child on the 8th day of the birth of their boy. If they fail to do so then the child assumes the responsibility of obtaining a circumcision once he reaches the age of 13.
This Mitzvah is done with great joy and happiness and it is therefore accompanied with a festive meal.