Yesterday we held a bris and baby naming for MJ and DJ at our home. The bris is a rite of passage in the Jewish faith when male babies are traditionally circumcised on the 8th day of life. However, in our case MJ was in India on his 8th day of life and a Mohel to perform the bris, or any other Jewish person for that matter, was tough to locate at the time. So we settled for 8 days after arriving home in the US. The Mohel we found was quite personable and swift. He is multi talented as an actor and a martial artist. He even arrived wearing a yarmulke with Chinese calligraphy embroidered on it! The procedure itself was very fast, but there was some ceremony before and after, as well as a baby naming to bestow a blessing and a Hebrew name upon DJ that served as an opportunity for some close friends and family to gather and meet the babies for the first time.
As with our first set of twins AJ and JJ, DJ and MJ are genetically half Asian and half Caucasian. We intend to raise all four of our children with a blend of traditions from both sides of the family. I was not raised religious, so I am glad to have Josh raising the kids following Judaism. So you see, the Chinese and Jewish have a history of special relationships. Anyone running a Chinese restaurant (as members of my family have) open on Christmas can attest to that fact!