Mazel tov! You’re going to a bris. It’s a happy
event not only for the family and friends, but also for the entire
Jewish people, because there is no greater symbol of Jewish continuity
and eternity than to usher another child into the Covenant of Abraham.
Our Sages teach that Jews have always celebrated circumcisions with
special joy — and this bris will be no exception.
you may have been asked to say “just a few words,” as if all you have
to do is stand up and open your mouth and let the words flow.
they won’t flow! At least, they won’t unless you have an idea you can
flesh out. What can you say that the guests haven’t heard a hundred
times? What can you say that will make ears perk up and listen, and make
heads nod in approval? If only you could pick the brains of
accomplished scholars and speakers and pick from the best! Now you can.
This book has all you need.
Dr. Mandell I. Ganchrow,
past president of the Orthodox Union, continues the public service that
he began with his trailblazing Sason VeSimcha, for which he recruited
scores of prominent rabbis and laymen to present their original Sheva
Berachos messages. Deservedly popular and widely used, that volume
elicited calls for the same sort of anthology of Bris Milah and Pidyon
Haben messages. Dr. Ganchrow heard and responded. The table of contents
reads like a who’s who of America’s best thinkers and speakers. Their
contributions sparkle and stimulate, as they present their finest
messages for Bris Milah and Pidyon Haben, for every week and occasion of
Is this a book only for
nervous speakers? Not at all. It is a treasury of ideas that teach and
stimulate about faith and courage, about the Torah’s challenge to us all
in every age. It is fascinating reading for everyone, because each
contributor has his own style, his unique message, his personal
perspective, and his own rich life experience. Read Entering the
Covenant. Use it. Think about it. It will remain with you long after the
event is over and long after you put it down.
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