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On a very practical level: Infant circumcision by a competent mohel is minimally painful and soon forgotten. The medical clamp procedure is more painful, but equally forgotten. No lasting effects on the literally millions that have had it. It is not a zero risk procedure, but having the baby driven around in a car is going to represent greater risk in life. ...


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Maimonides says no, though it is preferable that the mohel be a Jewish adult male. A Gentile should not preform the circumcision, but if he does, it need not be repeated (I assume by way of drawing blood). Shulkhan Arukh agrees. However the Remah argues, saying that if non Jew, or even a Jew that has forsaken the Torah entire or even just the commandment of ...


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Someone who damages someone else in the body has to pay for 5 things: 1) נזק - monetary loss. This is evaluated by the loss of value of the person damaged as a slave in the market due to the deformity. 2) צער - pain. This is evaluated as what would a person pay to avoid this. So if a government decreed that this had to be done to him, and he could pay to ...


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In the הסכמות to the sefer נחמד מזהב, Rav Shmuel Yaakov Koppel Katz says that from the time that Avraham was commanded to do Bris Milah until Har Sinai, all of Bnei Noach were commanded in this mitzvah, but they were not commanded to do priah (the uncovering). But Tosfos writes that Avraham himself did do priah since Yisrael were to be commanded to do so in ...


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There's a Rabbi Frand tape concerning such a question. The fellow was given a Jewish circumcision on day 8 (or maybe the Sunday thereafter), then grew up, attended yeshiva for many years, then suddenly realized he was not halachically Jewish -- he thus sought to convert now. The ruling given was that he'd had a circumcision done "for the sake of Judaism" ...


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In short, you need a Jewish person to do the circumcision לכתחילה. The basis for this is Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah Siman 264: "Every Jew is eligible to perform circumcision, including someone who is himself uncircumcised because his brothers had dies as a result of circumcision. If an adult Jewish male is present who knows how to circumcise he takes ...


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Rav Ovadia S'forno says that some of the dam nidus is still around (and unassimilated) in the baby's body for the first week, so it wouldn't be fitting to perform a mitzva on it during that time. (I don't believe he specifies the reason beyond common sense for the latter part.)


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The Chasam Sofer brought here explains the connection with the gemara Niddah 31b, which teaches that the reason why a woman who give birth to a male is unclean for seven days and not fourteen days like for a female, is so that it should not be that everyone is happy (because of the joy of the occasion of the Bris Milah) but the father and mother will be sad. ...


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The Midrash Tanchuma on parshas Lech Lecha (י"ז) says: Why was he (Avraham) circumcised only at the age of 99? To teach converts; that if a man comes to convert he should not say “I am an old man, so how can I convert?” He should rather learn from Avraham who circumcised himself at the age of 99!


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There is a Midrash (Vayikra Rabba 27:10) that says: דבר אחר: ‏והיה ז' ימים תחת אמו. ר' יהושע דסכנין בשם ר' לוי אמר: משל למלך, שנכנס למדינה וגזר ואמר: כל אכסנין שיש כאן לא יראו פני, עד שיראו פני המטרונא תחלה. כך אמר הקב"ה: לא תביאו לפני קרבן, עד שתעבור עליו שבת שאין ז' ימים בלא שבת ואין מילה בלא שבת, הדא הוא דכתיב: ומיום השמיני והלאה ירצה. ...


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(Although this answer contains some of what has been said already, since it comes from the pen of the Netziv, and since he grounds his explanation in the language of the posukim, it is very worthwhile to add it here.) The Netziv here writes: Since logic mandates that a boy be given a name only after he has entered the covenant of the bris of Avraham ...


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Excellent treatment of the clal 'ain maavirin al hamitzvot' http://www.dailyhalacha.com/Display.asp?ClipDate=7/16/2006 You perform the Pidyon at its proper time. A delayed Brit may follow. Citing The Chida (Rabbi Chayim Yosef David Azulai, Israel, 1724-1806), in his work of responsa Chayim Sha'al (1:31), writes that even if an infant is sick and unable to ...


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The Connection is given in Talmud Bavli Shabbas 135A. אמר רבי אסי: כל שאמו טמאה לידה - נימול לשמונה, וכל שאין אמו טמאה לידה - אין נימול לשמנה, שנאמר (ויקרא יב) אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר וטמאה וגו' וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו. אמר ליה אביי: דורות הראשונים יוכיחו, שאין אמו טמאה לידה - ונימול לשמנה! - אמר ליה: נתנה תורה ונתחדשה הלכה. There is a dispute between ...


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The sefer כםף נבחר here writes (the following is paraphrased summary): Chazal learn from the verse וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי יִמּוֹל בְּשַׂר עָרְלָתוֹ that Bris Milah should be done on the eighth day, even if the eighth day falls out on Shabbos. But why does the Torah allude to this halachah here - what relevance does it have to the Torah’s discussion about ...


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Rambam Sefer Ahava Hilchos Mila 2:6 says one may not carry the Mila knife on Shabbos even in a area where it is a D'Rabanan since it is possible to bring before Shabbos. כיצד הרי שלא מצאו סכין אין עושין סכין בשבת ולא מביאין אותו ממקום למקום. ואפילו מבוי שאינו מעורב אין מביאין אותו מחצר לחצר. ואין עירוב מדבריהם נדחה מפני הבאת הסכין הואיל ואפשר להביאו ...


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I have a discussion of this point in my blog at Parsha Tazria - Why is Milah in the middle of Tum'ah. One section is Rav Samson Rafael Hirsch has stated that the numbers 6, 7, and 8 connect with Maasei Bereishis [creation] to show the way a person exists. The number 6 is the creation of the natural world. It is the set up of the laws and instincts ...


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Tol'dos Yitzchak (by Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) mentions that circumcision is on the eighth day "because the boundary of acute illness is the seventh day. That he left his mother's womb for the world's atmosphere is an acute illness and major change, so its boundary, too, is the seventh day. If he were to be circumcised within seven days, ...


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The Tol'dos Yitzchak (by Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) explains that medical experts have identified three natural causes of tzaraas: poor diet, intercourse with a menstruant, and not being circumcised. Thus, before discussing the laws of tzaraas, the Torah discusses proper diet (in parashas Sh'mini), intercourse with a woman who is like a ...


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I heard an answer to this question not half an hour ago. The Talmud Bavli Nidah 31B says ומפני מה אמרה תורה מילה לשמונה שלא יהו כולם שמחים ואביו ואמו עצבים The reason the bris is on the eighth day and not the seventh day is because on the seventh day, the woman is still teameiah and cannot be with her husband (or do any of the chumros that stem from ...


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http://www.torah.org/learning/lifecycles/milah/vol1no3.html this link provides information and reasons for a circumcision and I believe that even though they are positive reasons they show the downside of not performing a circumcision.With regard to the negative effects,being cut off from the nation of Israel is a possibility if one does not have a ...


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There is a general consensus among the poskim that one cannot convert without having a milah. See here who refers to the views of: שו״ת ארץ טובה סי׳ ב׳, ומשברי ים סי׳ ט״ו, זכר זכר יצחק סי׳ ג׳, מלמד להועיל סי׳ פ״ו, דעת כהן סי׳ ק״נ, ועיין בשרידי אש ח״ב סי׳ ק״ב־ק״ג שכתב שלתשובתו הסכימו כל גדולי הדור,ובכללם מרן הגאון רח״ע גדודזנסקי זצ״ל. This is also the ...


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Like everything else, it's debated! There are opinions that he simply can't convert, that he needs no circumcision, or that he is allowed to "roll the dice" and choose to risk circumcision (let's assume a hemophiliac) for the sake of becoming Jewish. (If I'm not mistaken, it's mentioned in this shiur.) The best bet would be to see what drugs and techniques ...



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