To the strains of a Sephardic piyut (religious poem) the new baby was passed from his mother to her brother's wife to her brother and around to uncles grandfathers and even a great-grandfather. Then he was placed on the knees of his father's rabbi (Rav Tzvi Kostiner of Yeshivat Midbara KaEden, Mitzpe Ramon) who held him as the mohel performed the rite first performed by our father Abraham thousands of years ago. Abraham's life was a journey from his idolatrous upbringing to his discovery of one god, following that God's commandment to move to a new land and in that land to enter into a new covenant.
Little Yishai was welcomed by a loving family and by words of Torah from his father, grandfathers and rabbis. There is much to teach Yishai and each other and I hope that over the years our family will continue in the path of unity and Torah that I was privileged to witness yesterday.