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The Mitzvah of Brit Milah
By: Rabbi Gansburg

Ever since the time of our forefather Abraham, Jews have observed the ritual of Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) as the fundamental sign of the covenant between G-d and Israel. Literally translated, Brit means a covenant and Milah means cut. The Brit Milah, or as it is popularly known, Bris, is considered the sign of a newborn’s entry into Jewish tradition. Perhaps more than any other ritual, Brit Milah is the ultimate affirmation of Jewish identity. Abraham was circumcised at the age of 99, illustrating that each Jew, no matter how old, can and should, participate in this vital and important commandment.

But what if a Jew was never circumcised? Oppressive communist regimes in Soviet Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe outlawed Brit Milah, making it a crime, often punishable by death. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Jews missed out in the observance of this crucial Mitzvah. Other Jewish babies have been born into families, even in the free world, where parents have chosen not to have them circumcised. A Jew is a Jew by birth, but without a Bris, this telling bond and relationship to G-d and His people is lacking
Brit Yosef Yitzchak, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Jews to their heritage, providing Brit Milah services, free of charge, for any Jew anywhere in the world.

Brit Yosef Yitzchak makes all the arrangements, organizing up each procedure in a hospital with top surgeons and a Mohel. All expenses are paid, including a reception with kosher food following the ceremony to celebrate the joyful occasion.
Brit Yosef Yitzchak is also devoted to disseminating educational materials about the significance of Brit Milah, as well as providing opportunities for Mohel training .

Founded in 1990, Brit Yosef Yitzchak continues to develop a state-o-f-the art Brit Milah resource center as well as a 24-hour hotline. Aided by a network of volunteers, the organization has performed over 34,000 circumcisions to date.
According to the Kabbalah, there are three parts to the soul. At birth, the first part enters the person, at the Bris he receives the second part, and at his Bar-Mitzvah he receives the final part. Every Jew who is circumcised, even later in life, receives not only a new Hebrew name, but takes on a new soul as well.