Circumcision and Covenant

My first grandson Gavin is 8 days old today and was circumcised. He could have had the procedure done before leaving the hospital from being born, but my daughter wanted to wait until the appropriate 8th day. I held him and sang the Shema and the Aharonic Blessing over him in Hebrew before his surgery and he looked up with a big smile on his face.

The desire of the family is not to accomplish any hygiene issues or to just follow accepted custom, but to acknowledge our intention that this child be raised, trained, and equipped to become part of B’nei Avraham [children of Abraham], to know YHWH as the Creator, Redeemer, and Covenant Maker, to know Yahshuah HaMoshiach, the Messiah, His work, His Word, and to enter into His coming Kingdom. As a Dad, I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter Amber and her husband Rob for making this choice for their child and I couldn’t have been more honored to have a part in this step as a Rabbi/Grandfather.

Gavin is resting peacefully, recently inaugurated into a unique and wonderful group. The family is enjoying the quiet and rest of the Shabbat, looking forward to a time of study and worship. I am overwhelmed at the place this awesome journey has taken us. Another generation is being raised up to follow YHWH according to His Torah and to become a part of the Covenant family of Yisrael.

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