Jewish rituals and beliefs are expressed through laws and customs marking life cycle and daily life events.  Children in particular, are welcomed into the Jewish community in special ceremonies including a naming ceremony.  Boys are named on the 8th day at their brit milah or circumcision, performed by a mohel, an individual trained in ritual and surgical aspects of the circumcision procedure.

This fitted carrying case for a Mohel or ritual circumciser contains medical tools including two agate handled bris knives, Dutch circumcision shield, silver flask, tray, container, and two cups.

The fact that all Jewish males were circumcised made it very difficult for men and male children to be hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust, since at that time circumcision was not prevalent among non-Jews.