Entering The Covenant
Part of being a Jewish male involves entering the covenant through circumcision on the eighth day of life.
My father had three daughters and, therefore, never had the opportunity to have a bris” and say the words:
“Blessed art thou O Lord, King of the Universe, who hast sanctified us by Thy commandments and hast enjoined us to make him enter the covenant of Abraham our father.”
Likewise, the relatives couldn’t respond with:
“As he hath been made to enter the covenant, so may he also be made to enter the study of Torah, the huppah, and the performance of good deeds.”
Yes, I was just a girl—no bris, no bar mitzvah, none of the ceremonies he held so dear. Yet I, too, was given the birthright of my people. If my father were alive today, I could tell him that I did enter the study of Torah, God’s holy book. And through my searchings, I, too, can bless the Lord God of Israel who “hast enjoined me to enter into His covenant”—the Promised Covenant:
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
No longer need circumcision be just an outward sign.
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Susan Perlman is one of the co-founders of Jews for Jesus. Susan is the associate executive director of Jews for Jesus and also director of communications for the organization. She also serves as the editor in chief of ISSUES, their evangelistic publication for Jewish seekers. She left a career track in New York City to help launch Jews for Jesus in San Francisco in the early 1970s. See more here.