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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Defining Terms: Bris

Defining Terms Series


 Bris - ברית - means covenant or agreement. 

When we say we are "going to a Bris" we are speaking in American-ish, but we are not using the term correctly.

Whether we mean to say we are going to a circumcision (which is technically true), what we really mean is that "we are going to a Bris Milah Ceremony, a ceremony in which the Covenant made over Circumcision will be reenacted and reaffirmed."

Of course no one wants to say that, so we just say we are "going to a Bris."

But just as you can't go to a covenant, you can't go to a Bris. 

You will be attending a Milah (circumcision) that affirms the Bris. 

What is being affirmed is the Bris Milah - the covenant over circumcision.

Having said all that... see you at the Bris! (Now at least you know what I mean!)

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