New York Jewish Parenting Guide- Quiz

Newborn Ceremonies Quiz


The birth of a child is a momentous occasion for any family. How much do you know about Jewish ceremonies for new baby boys and girls?

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Question 1. What is the Hebrew word roughly translated as “godfather,” indicating an honor bestowed on a certain individual during the brit milah ceremony?


Question 2. Which Jews have the custom of naming a baby after deceased family members?
 Sephardic Jews
 Ashkenazic Jews
 Mizrahi Jews


Question 3. Which of these biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?


Question 4. Which is NOT a sign associated in the Torah with divine-human covenant?
 Brit Milah
 The rainbow after the flood that Noah saw from his ark
 Eve eating from the Tree of Life


Question 5. What is name of the ceremony in which first-born Jewish males are redeemed from the service of the ancient priests?
 Pidyon HaBen
 Brit Milah
 Simhat Bat
 Bar Mitzvah


Question 6. True or false: Many traditional Jewish families give a Hebrew or Yiddish name to a newborn daughter during a Torah-reading service at synagogue.



Question 7. The sages of which period told stories about the merits of circumcision, and argued that circumcision could affect a man’s spiritual fate after his death?
 The biblical period
 The Middle Ages
 The talmudic period
 The Renaissance


How to Care for Your Newly Circumcised Baby

Tips and healthy practices


If you’ve decided to have your baby boy circumcised, there are a few simple steps you can follow at home to make sure your son is left happy and healthy, post-procedure. Whether the circumcision is done by a mohel or doctor, it is still considered a minor surgery, and properly caring for the newly-circumcised penis can greatly reduce the risk of any complications.

Keep in mind, however, that there is some debate over the best way to care for your freshly snipped son. Every mohel has a method, and when you throw doctors, and for heaven’s sake, grandparents into the mix, the guidelines and advice will almost always vary. Whoever performs the circumcision should provide you with a guide on proper follow-up care. This is the best place to start, and should any questions come up along the way, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor ormohel. And fret not, newly frazzled parents–the baby typically only takes a week to 10 days to heal.

To Gauze or Not to Gauze

There is a divide in circumcision wisdom about whether or not to cover a baby’s newly-circumcised penis with any kind of bandage or dressing. It seems that either way you choose, the baby will heal just fine, but you can always ask for your doctor’s opinion. If given the green light to gauze, dab just a drop of petroleum jelly (too much can attract bacteria) onto the tip of the penis and gently wrap in gauze or a bandage. Change this dressing whenever you change the diaper until the baby is fully healed. If you choose not to use a dressing, it is still recommended to dab a little petroleum jelly onto the tip of the penis every time you change the baby’s diaper for the first day or so, to avoid any uncomfortable skin irritation. For the first couple of days, you can also loosely put the diaper on your baby to limit pressure on the wound.

Keeping Clean

The most important part of caring for your newly circumcised baby is to make sure the wound and penis are kept as clean as possible. Every time you change his diaper, thoroughly wipe away any stool or urine clinging to the penis. If there is stool in the diaper, it is recommended to gently wash the whole area with warm water and an unscented soap that has no harsh ingredients. (If there is just urine, simply change the diaper and gauze if you are using it). Thoroughness and gentleness are the winning pair; avoid any overenthusiastic rubbing and scrubbing.

What’s Normal, and What’s Not

There are many common symptoms that your baby may experience after being circumcised. Most of them are completely normal and should go away within the standard healing time. Some can be signs of something more serious, and if found, you should contact a doctor immediately. Keep a close watch on your baby during the days after circumcision to make sure he is healing properly.

Normal symptoms:

-Tip of the penis is red, bruised, or slightly swollen during first few days
-Small amounts of blood in diaper (drops should be quarter-sized or smaller)
-Yellow oozing or scabbing (this means it’s healing!)

Contact your doctor immediately if any of the following occur:

-Persistent bleeding from wound or drops of blood larger than a quarter found in diaper
-Crusty fluid-filled sores
-Trouble urinating (ask your doctor or mohel how many wet diapers a day to expect)
-Redness and swelling that worsens after three days and remains after seven days

Home Free

After the seven to 10 day healing process, your baby is just that–healed. His penis will no longer require any extra special attention, but of course you should continue to thoroughly clean all areas of his body with gentle care.

 mh- New York jewish Parenting .com