Bris Milah (4) Print Email
/ One should make every effort for the bris to take place in the presence of ten adult men. If it is not possible to do it with a minyan, one should nevertheless try to have as many people as possible present.

It is a mitzvah to attend a Bris, and one who attends a bris has his sins atoned.

It is customary to have a couple serve as the kvater and kvaterin, i.e. those who bring the baby into the bris. The kvaterin brings the baby until then entrance of the room where the bris will take place, hands him over to the kvater who then brings the baby to the bris. The kvater and kvaterin should be a husband and wife, but it may also be a father and his daughter or a mother and her son. It is customary amongst many, including Chabad that a pregnant woman does not serve as a kvterin.

It is customary to give this honor to a couple who is childless as a segulah to have children.

The kvater should wear a talis and the kvaterin shabbos clothes.

Although a mourner may not participate at a Bris meal, if the mourner serves as kvater or kvaterin, they may participate in the meal.
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