Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Books About Bris

Three years ago, the seforim blog posted about Milah Books and Manuals, most of which are in Hebrew and have spanned all kinds of ranges of subject matter and target audiences. The blog post may be of interest to some people. So here is the link.

There are very few books about Bris Milah written in English. Most of the books don't have much information about the process or what parents and baby go through in their experience. The book published by Artscroll (written in English?  - ;)    ) is entirely dedicated to the ceremony itself (and the laws leading up to determining exactly when the bris should take place) and symbolism of the mitzvah and ritual, but nothing about post-care or what to look for in the months following the bris.

In a practical sense, the book is worthless not helpful. Anything the book tells you that parents need to know in advance of their son's bris will be told to them by their mohel. And hopefully the mohel will also provide information as to how things will look in the coming days, weeks and months.

This blog was created in an effort to fill that void. Maybe one day I'll publish what I've put together here. All in good time.


  1. It is not intelligent to put down ArtScroll or the famous Tzadik that is the author of that great book!

  2. Dear Moshe
    While my parenthetical comment about the language of early Artscroll books is meant to be a joke, I am not really sure where you got the impression you got about my putting down Artscroll and the author of the book.

    Firstly, I had no idea that publishing houses are immune from any sort of critigue. Nor that a public figure who publishes books and is a known speaker is similarly immune from critique. Beyond those credentials (and being a mohel), I am not sure how they render him (or anyone, for that matter) the illustrious title of "tzaddik" who is beyond any kind of reproach. He is famous, is a public speaker, and he has published books. The same is true about many people we do not know personally, nor of their deeds.

    Regardless, all I said that for practical purposes, namely explaining anatomy and what happens during a circumcision, what kinds of complications or issues may arise from the surgery, and the emotional side of the bris that may seriously affect people, the book offers ZERO information. For those looking for that kind of VERY HELPFUL information, the book IS worthless. Would you prefer I say "UNHELPFUL?"

    I did not say a word about the author personally.

    Take care
    Avi B.


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