Today's post is one moving episode of the ongoing drama of Jewish Outreach. It's my privilege to focus on an organization that not many people are aware of - "Briti", which means, "my circumcision". Briti, headed by expert Mohel Rav Ran Nachmani, may Hashem bless him, a Breslever chossid and a cherished friend, does an average of two circumcisions a day, mostly of new immigrant adults that made aliya to Israel from the former USSR.
Yesterday, I was honored with being the "sandek" of 29-year old Igor from Minsk in Belarus. Igor's parents, members of the communist party, had no interest in rocking the oppressive boat by having their newborn son circumcised back in 1977. Once Yigal moved from Minsk to Ashdod, he had plenty of help finding his Jewish roots. Courageously, Yigal decided to dedicate himself to being a full-fledged Jew and to enter the holy covenant of Abraham. "Briti" organization took care of the rest; the circumcision all take place in the surgical room of Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem, and was handled by an attending surgeon together with the mohel, for a bris of an adult is much more intricate than the bris of an 8-day old baby. Briti covered all the expenses.
After the surgery, we performed a kiddush ceremony where Igor received the Hebrew name of Yigal. Immediately afterward, Yigal had his Bar Mitzva, putting on tefillin for the first time. I must say that this is the first time in my life that I performed a Bar Mitzva right after a bris - it was moving, and Yigal's dedication was phenominal - circumcision at 29 is no picnic, but he's a trooper.
A "Sandek" (godfather) of a bris gets to meet Eliahu the Prophet face to face. I know of many cases of people that needed salvation - such as the blessing of fertility or a soulmate - who received their heart's wish after being the sandek.
Would you like to be sandek of a bris? Do you know of an adult Jew that needs a bris? Or maybe you'd like to contribute to a super-worthy organization. Contact my friends at Briti, either Rav Ran Nachmani at 972-52-5632233 or S. Nir at 972-54-5352765. They'll be thrilled to hear from you.
Here're a few pictures from yesterday's bris in Jerusalem:
Mohel Rav Ran Nachmani and Lazer before the bris
From left: Lazer the Sandek, Yigal, Dr. Weiner the attending surgeon, and Rav Ran Nachmani the mohel
The Sandek and Baal Bris
From Bris to Bar Mitzva
Unique photos, aren't they? The enemies of Israel are always at work, but so are Hashem's Outreach Special Forces; we're gonna win, G-d willing. Be sure to join the winning side.