Sandek #austria-czech


Dear Dan,

If the word "saudek" appears only in the records of boys, than it may very likely be the word "sandek,"
which is like a godfather. A sandek holds the infant boy down during circumcision. Typically a sandek is a
close relative of the parents and it is an honor to be selected as a sandek. Sometimes, the sandek sponsors
the celebratory meal after the bris.

The name of the sandeks appears in some circumcision ledgers along with the baby's and the father's
Hebrew names, but not in all ledgers. The most thorough circumcision ledgers may identify the familial
relationship of the sandek to the baby's father: father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, etc.

Carole Garbuny Vogel
Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA

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