As soon the baby or adult is brought in to the Bris Ceremony, everyone jovially says Baruch Haba, literally, “Welcome”. While the word Haba in Hebrew numerology comes out to the number eight, which is representative of the eighth day, there is also an underlying life lesson in the greeting that we give the baby or adult.
One of the focuses of western society is discovery and pushing the limits our reality, be it intellectual or even physical. New lands have been, so to say, “discovered,” we have explored the oceans, the moon and even the recesses of human consciousness itself. While this spirit of ingenuity and curiosity has brought us closer to the recognition that everything in the universe is truly unified, a truly transcendent level of consciousness, it has also led us to believe that it we ourselves forge our own journeys, meaning that everything we experience is only an experience and nothing deeper.
One of the beauties of sight is that we don’t piece together what we are seeing; rather whatever we see is actually showing itself to us. We do not just see an image as a sum of its features, but rather its core: what it truly is. This same principle applies to all of our experiences as well, we are not encountering random occurrences but rather we are being shown something that is meant to alter our reality.
If we do not see it this way, then it is just happenstance, and there is nothing underlying it. Even though we might not be aware of what exactly we are being shown, and may not ever understand why we were shown certain things or why we had to go through certain experiences, nevertheless the mere awareness that we were being shown something alters our consciousness in it of itself.
Anything that was discovered was not truly discovered, rather it was shown to us by the Almighty in order to bring us to a deeper reality where we see that even though there is a vast number of systems running simultaneously in our world, they are all reflective of a deeper unity that is not disturbed by the existence of duplicity.
We demonstrate this at the Bris. By welcoming the baby we are on a subtle level showing that he is not coming into an empty abyss, or uncharted terrain, but rather that he is coming to a place where he was welcomed all along. For us this means that wherever we go and whatever we experience is not uncharted, rather we are going to the exact place we were meant to go all along. In G-d’s world, even if you go somewhere that no human has ever stepped, be it mentally, physically or spiritually, you are always being shown and welcomed.
Rabbi Yehoshua Levin, Certified Mohel