“Dam Brit” (Blood Covenant)

“This is My Covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised..” Genesis 17:10

“Brit Milah” means “Covenant of Circumcision” and the “Dam Brit” (Blood Covenant) is inseparable from the Covenant of Circumcision.

The Covenant with God is cut into flesh and sealed with blood. In Hebrew, the verb meaning to seal a Covenant translates literally as “to cut”.

 Any uncircumcised male child who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my Covenant. Genesis 17:14

Marriage is a Blood Covenant (Dam Brit). The man cuts his wife’s hymen and the small letting of blood is the Dam Brit that seals their Marriage Covenant.

Childbirth is a Dam Brit between three parties: two parents and a child. When the umbilical cord is cut there is a small letting of cord-blood and the Covenant is sealed.

The father is not a mere bystander, his blood runs through the child’s veins, (paternity testing can even be done on cord blood). When the cord is cut the parents enter into a sacred Blood Covenant with their child.

Like marriage and childbirth, Torah involves a Dam Brit between God, man and the man’s entire family born or unborn.

The man cuts his foreskin, there is a small letting of blood and the Blood Covenant is sealed.

The woman who marries a Covenanted man adds her blood to her husband’s circumcised flesh thereby entering into two blood Covenants simultaneously, one with her husband and one with God.

Eight days after parent give birth to a son, the father and the grandfather, who usually participates in the Covenant as the Sandek, enter into another Blood Covenant when the child enters into the Brit Milah. If the grandfather is deceased he is replaced in the ceremony by another male member of the family.

Parents enter into a Blood Covenant with every child they bring into the world. A man enters into another blood Covenant with every boy he sires. A grandfather enters into a Blood Covenant with every son and every grandson. And so it continues, the Marriage Brit, the Birth Brit, the Circumcision Brit.

Ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be the ‘owth (seal) on the Covenant between Me and you. Genesis 17:11 

circumcision

Not all rabbonim understand the rite of the Blood Covenant, therefore, some “progressive” rabbis view circumcision as unnecessary and they offer a sham ceremony called a ‘brit shalom’ (covenant of peace). Some of these rabbonim claim to be rooted in tradition, maybe they were rooted in tradition, but they have torn themselves away from the roots in which they were grounded. Their brit shalom has no authority with God.

Progressive rabbonim do not understand the Brit Milah. They mistakenly think of the Dam Bris as a “welcoming ceremony” from which females are excluded. The belief that girls are excluded from the Dam Brit is a huge motivating factor behind the so-called “brit shalom welcoming ceremony”. The Dam Brit is not a mere “welcoming ceremony”, it is a Blood Pact. If you have a “progressive* rabbi he must be informed that female circumcision does not involve the removal of the clitoris, the prepuce, or the labia. The female Brit Milah takes place when a woman consummates her marriage simultaneously with God and husband. And women enter into a Dam Brit every time they give birth.

Several rabbonim have admitted to me that they don’t understand the reason for Blood Covenant. Two days ago an uncircumcised Rabbi, in my home, told me that he thought the Brit Milah was, “not essential to Jewish life.”

To his embarrassment I asked him whether his wife had shed blood during their first coitus. He blushed to the roots of his hair before answering defensively, “Of course!” I asked him how he would have felt if she hadn’t bled, to which he said, “She did! That’s all there is to it.” I continued, “How do you know she did?” The remainder of the conversation went something like this:

“I saw it.”

“What did you see?”

“I saw her blood.”

“It may not have been her own blood.”

Raucous, sarcastic laughter, “It was her own blood.”

“How do you know?”

“I’m not stupid, okay, I know.”

“And if you discovered, without a shadow of doubt, that your wife had cheated on your wedding night, that she had not bled, how would you feel?”

He was silent, probably thinking, but one of the other rabbonim said one word, “Betrayed.”

I said, “Should HaShem feel less?”

The young rabbi’s father, Yosef, looked very uncomfortable. He said, “He is a Kohan, he had to marry a virgin.” Yosef quoted Leviticus 21:13-14 “He shall take a wife in her virginity. He may not take a widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry. He is to marry a virgin of his own people.”

“Does HaShem require better things for a Kohan than for Himself?”

Marriage is a blood covenant that is consummated on the wedding night.

The Torah is a Marriage Covenant.

“Thy Maker is thine Husband…” Isaiah 54:5 

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor the strong man glory in his strength, nor the rich man glory in his riches; But rather, let him who glories, glory in this: that in his prudence he knows yada me.” Jeremiah 9:22-23

“Yada” to know intimately.

 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.” Jeremiah 3:14

The Marriage Covenant between God and man is a Blood Covenant that can only be ratified by the cut, the blood and the scar of circumcision.

The token drop of blood spilled during circumcision consummates the Marriage Covenant between God and man:

Ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be the ‘owth (seal) on the Covenant between Me and you. Genesis 17:11

“Those who violate my Covenant and do not fulfil the terms of the Covenant with me I will treat like the calf they cut in two and walked between its pieces.” Jeremiah 34:18 

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