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I was told that if the miscarried fetus was a boy it is given a bris milah. Why is this so? What are the other halachos related to a miscarriage? Do we differentiate between a baby that dies within 30 days of birth and one that does not come to full term?

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PM, I think the "why" question (your first) and the "what" questions (the rest) are rather distinct and should be asked separately. –  msh210 Oct 18 '12 at 16:07
    
I slightly disagree with @msh210. I think the sentence containing the "what" question should be asked separately. The rest can be a subordinate question to the first, or it can be a separate question altogether. –  Seth J Oct 18 '12 at 16:36
    
...or what @SethJ said. Closed pending edits. –  msh210 Oct 18 '12 at 16:38
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The practice is to perform circumcision postmortem on any Jewish boy -- whether miscarried, stillborn, died before eighth day, etc. -- it's supposed to help the soul Upstairs, from what I hear.

No shiva is observed; what other questions did you have?

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what about died before 30 days without having a bris milah done? is the child given a taharah? –  user1668 Oct 18 '12 at 16:40
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