Lithuania SIG #Lithuania RE: Jewish birth, Brit Mila, and other Jewish events, and recording them in a family tree #lithuania


Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
 

On 4 June, I posted a message in response to that of Angie Elfassi. In
part, I wrote as follows:

"This posting by Angie Elfassi speaks of a typical celebration of Jews after
the birth of a son -- the Brit Mila and Jewish naming ceremony which occur
on the tenth day after the day of birth (where the first of these ten days
is the birth day itself). Thus, Baruch Zeligman was born on 3 June 1872,
and the Brit Mila was held ten days later on 10 June 1872. Thus, if one
knows either of these two dates, one can with great assurance (barring
exceptional circumstances) record the other date >from this Jewish
rule; this enhances the depth and breadth of the information about these
family members."

This paragraph contains an error, in that the number of days when Brit Mila
is held after the birth of a male baby is actually *eight* days, and not
ten days. This error was called to my attention graciously by Serah
<SerahB@...>. My thanks to Serah for this clarification. The
conclusions I made are not in error, only statement of the number of days
given between birth and Brit Mila. So the paragraph should read as follows:

"This posting by Angie Elfassi speaks of a typical celebration of Jews
after the birth of a son -- the Brit Mila and Jewish naming ceremony which
occur on the *eighth* day after the day of birth (where the first of these
*eight* days is the birth day itself). Thus, Baruch Zeligman was born on
3 June 1872, and the Brit Mila was held *eight* days later on 10 June
1872. Thus, if one knows either of these two dates, one can with great
assurance (barring exceptional circumstances) record the other date >from
this Jewish rule; this enhances the depth and breadth of the information
about these family members."

Apparently, the Brit Mila date of 10 June1872 got stuck in my brain! I
apologize for the error.

Professor G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel
jerry@...

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