Definitions

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  • n. the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life

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Examples

  • Power is more important to our politicans than the state of this Country. berit viklund

    Clinton praises undecided Edwardses

  • Since then, others have searched hard for a symbolic act or series of acts that could match the power and significance of berit milah (the covenant of circumcision).

    Spirituality in the United States.

  • The consequences of such sinful thoughts also are singled out: “shemirat ha-berit” (literally, “guarding the covenant [of circumcision],” referring to masturbation) or “shemirat ha-Yesod” (guarding the Kabbalistic Sefirah of Yesod, that is parallel to the male member) is an extremely popular subject in many books of ethical instruction.

    Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature.

  • They would raise money for tree-planting by the Keren Kayemet le-Israel and collect donations during berit milah ceremonies, bar mitzvah celebrations, festivals, “tea-bridges,” and so on.

    Argentina: Sephardic Women.

  • The flagrant imbalance between this modest ritual and that of the berit milah for boys was one of the first that Jewish feminists addressed.

    Ritual in the United States.

  • The only time that ritual bodily cutting, otherwise anathematized, is not only allowed but enjoined in Judaism is ritual circumcision (berit milah), performed as a sign of covenant with God (significantly, on the male organ).

    Ritual in the United States.

  • On Monday I had over berit_ and some of our knitting pals, including two of my original October 2004 wedding friends.

    Grosse Überraschung!

  • That we keep at the same berit priah level, and even go further than the chassidim, cutting off the inner forseskin, not just tearing it back.

    More ammunition for the (pro) circumcision wars | Jewschool

  • The title Baal-berit [1129] has been interpreted as meaning "lord of a covenant" -- that is, a deity presiding over treaties; but the expression is not clear.

    Introduction to the History of Religions Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume IV

  • From the ceremony is derived the Hebrew idiom for making a treaty, karat berit, "to cut a treaty."

    Reformation Theology

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