There is no standard formula for a brit shalom, and parents and/or clergy should choose blessings and readings that are meaningful both for the moment and for the specific family. Planning the brit shalom is a creative act. Liturgy might closely follow that of brit milah, with the act of circumcision being replaced by something symbolic, such as the cutting of a pomegranate. Another choice is to wrap the baby in a tallit, or to wash the baby’s feet by pouring warm water over them. Footwashing is described in the Torah as an act of hospitality, respect, and welcoming the stranger.