A Bris in the Military


bris-in-the-militaryDuring Sukkos, the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, hosted a bris performed by Rabbi Levi Heber of Brooklyn. Chaplain (Major) Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg is currently serving as Jewish Chaplain at West Point.  He was approached by David Abramson and his wife, both currently stationed at West Point.David, a Military medic who served fifteen months in Iraq, said: “I am a kohen and I want a kosher bris for my newborn son.”

Rabbi Felzenberg and his wife Dina arranged the event and prepared the meal for the bris, which was served in the sukkah at the chapel.

All present made a bracha on the lulav and esrog – some for the first time ever.

“At the Military chapel,” said Felzenberg, “we are accustomed to gather for events that are less than joyous. However, to gather for a bris especially on this Yom Tov of Sukkos is an experience that brings joy and pride to us all.”

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