Before, During, &

After the Bris

Honors Bestowed at the Bris

• Kvater (a person or couple who enters with baby)
• Kisei Shel Eliyahu (places baby onspecially-designated chair)
• Sandek (holds baby during bris ceremony)
• Sandek Me’umad (holds baby during naming ceremony)
• Brachos-Kri’as HaShem (names baby)
(NOTE: The last two can be split into two honors each)

Things to be Prepared for the Bris

• Firm sleeping pillow
• 4 cloth diapers (or towels)
• 2 Tallis (prayer shawls)
• Kosher sweet grape wine & kiddush cup

Day of Bris — Prior to Bris

• Do not soak or use ointments, creams or lotions on bris area; sponge bath is o.k.
• Last feeding should be within the hour before the bris
• Dress baby in clothing which maybe opened from the bottom and wrap baby in receiving blanket

Day of Bris — After Bris

• Apply Bacitracin on gauze and place on top of area at each diaper change
• Baby may lay in any position that seems comfortable (even on stomach)
• If baby is uncomfortable, you may give minimal dosage of liquid infant Tylenol per the instruction

Day after the Bris

• Use Bacitracin on gauze over entire bris area at each diaper change for the next 3 days
• The redness will subside in a few days; a soft, light-colored healing scab-tissue may form for several days. This is normal.


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Martinsburg, WV

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