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Normally the circumcision preformed by a physician is sufficient to meet the physical requirements of "milah" (circumcision), nevertheless a process known as "hatafas dam bris" (הטפת דם ברית) is necessary (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 268:1). In this process the Mohel draws a ritual drop of blood from the place of circumcision for the sake of the covenant. It ...


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No. Halacha requires Jewish males to be circumcised. The Shulchan Aruch states this with unusual strength in Yoreh Deya' 260-261: מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה לָאָב לָמוּל אֶת בְּנוֹ, וּגְדוֹלָה מִצְוָה זוֹ מִשְּׁאָר מִצְוֹת עֲשֵׂה.‏ אִם לֹא מָל הָאָב אֶת בְּנוֹ, חַיָּבִים בֵּית דִּין לְמוּלוֹ. וְאִם לֹא מָלוּהוּ בֵּית דִּין, חַיָּב הוּא, כְּשֶׁיַּגְדִּיל, ...


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Nitei Gavriel Aveilus2 23:20 says that the father of the baby can participate in a Bris and Seuda for his son even during the Sheloshim. אבי הבן, כשהוא אבל עושה משתה ושמחה ביום המילה ומשתתף אף בתוך שלשים In the notes he mentions the Shach Yoreh Deah 394:2 quoting the Derisha in the name of the Rokeach that one should not make a Simcha and party on ...


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The Rama (YD 391:2) quotes opinions both ways if a mourner may partake of the meal at a circumcision (the doubt is if it is considered "celebratory" like a wedding is), and notes the custom is to permit a mourner to eat at such a meal only if held in his house. So according to that they could just host the circumcision [meal] at home.


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See this article regarding the ceremony itself. Near the beginning of the article, it states that non-Jews may attend a brit. As a matter of fact, I invited the CEO of my company, a non-Jew to my 1st son's brit. (It was well-worth the gift that he gave, afterwards, but that wasn't my incentive ;-) As for participating, IIRC, my rav mentioned that there is ...


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In short, one of the requirements for a male convert is to enter the covenant of Abraham as the Jews did in the desert (after leaving Egypt) from where we learn the requirements of conversion To enter the covenant of Abraham an action needs to be made (specifically if you were not born jewish) in perfect circumstances the foreskin needs to be removed (...


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Besides the fact that a mohel is performing the bris in order to bring the baby into the covenant, and must handle it as a religious ritual, there are also differences in the medical procedure. The minimum amount required for a bris is more than that required for a surgical circumcision. There are also problems involved with the clamps that surgeons use. A "...


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The answer to that question is more difficult than appears at first glance. One might have be said "gloves for snakes? combs for hairless?" One of the assumptions made by the question is that Brit milah is a supplement. If it is lacking, this is an under privilege. But following the Rambam (the Guide for the Perplexes III, 49), it is as a quasi-amputation. ...


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I think the question confuses two different things the nature of the brit mila itself vs. a medical circumcision the nature of the mohel vs. a doctor and the location of a brit mila (hospital vs. home/synagogue) So for the long-term record: A brit mila is not the same as a medical circumcision as routinely practiced in hospitals (e.g., this source says ...


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I've never, ever heard of such a thing (yuck!) and it wouldn't surprise me if the sources are distorted. But nonetheless, let's look at this from a halachic angle. Kesubos 60a: הוא טמא ואין דם מהלכי שתים טמא אלא טהור ואמר רב ששת אפילו מצות פרישה אין בו לא קשיא הא דפריש הא דלא פריש וחלופא בדם כדתניא דם שעל גבי ככר גוררו ואוכלו שבין השינים מוצצו ואינו ...


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The Talmud derives from a verse (B'reishis 21:12) that only some of Yitzchak's offspring would be considered Israelites (though this future nation was not given the name "Israel" yet, as Ya'akov was not yet even born). This verse excludes Esav. The Talmud states specifically that descendents of Esav are not obligated in circumcision (Sanhedrin 59b). From a ...


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I remember a medrash that because Eisav was so red, they thought that he would bleed too much if the circimcised him at eight days old (sakanas nefashot). As a result, they delayed until he was older. When he became older, he absolutely refused to become circumcized and his loss of the birthright cause him to be rejected. The mitzvah of circumcision became ...


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The minhag isn't explicit in the Torah. However, the connection between a young tree and brit milah does have Torah basis-- the unusual root ע.ר.ל. Indeed, in Vayikra Rabbah 25:6, Rav Huna bar Kappara explains that Avraham learned the place of brit milah from the Gezeirah Shava. As per your question about the validity of the minhag, it needs no De'Orayta (...


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To paraphrase this article on the seforimblog: Raphael Shuchat notes that in a manuscript version of the Aderet Eliyahu text there is an important addition: ואפילו הגוים הדרים בא"י צריכים לקיים כל המצוות, לפי שכל המצוות תלויים בארץ ישראל But even with this addition the text is still very difficult, and no one has been able to find a source for the ...


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Brit shalom is basically Brit mila without the circumcision, is that okay according to Halacha? Isaac Moses is completely correct that the answer is almost always "no". However, under certain unusual circumstances, it is possible for a male to enter into the covenant of mila (b'ris mila) without undergoing circumcision. This occurs when the person already ...


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Seriously, the best blessings to give the newborn as well as the parents are already in the Siddur and are said as part of the Brit Milah ceremony. What blessing can be better than saying: כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה ולחופה ולמעשים טובים In the manner that he entered the brit, so shall he enter for Torah (learning and knowledge) the chuppah and the ...


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No, the obligation is only on born-Jews (i.e. descendants of Jacob) and converts to Judaism; it's not tied to the land. Rambam, Kings and their Wars Ch. 10: המילה--נצטווה בה אברהם וזרעו בלבד, שנאמר "אתה וזרעך אחריך, לדורותם" (בראשית יז,ט). יצא זרעו של ישמעאל, שנאמר "כי ביצחק, ייקרא לך זרע" (בראשית כא,יב). ויצא עשיו, שהרי יצחק אמר ליעקוב "וייתן לך את ...


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The word shem (name) means the essence of an item. Thus we see when Adam gave "names" to the animals he recognized their essences and integrated them into his view of the world. Thus, just as the entry into the bris was because of the essence of the mitzvah and not any external influence, so too should the other main mitzvos and critical moments of life ...


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Although not stated in scripture, is it possible that G-D commanded Moses not to circumcise the second generation until they had completed the 40 year trial in the desert because the first generation had broken covenant? This occurrence happened just after Joshua had the people swear loyalty to G-d and Joshua's leadership. They then "consecrated ...


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I have written about both of these issues (stillborn and uncircumcised adult). The stillborn practice is a custom that really depends on the feelings of the parents: they could choose to, or they could choose not to. See here. While it is true that some adult Jews who went uncircumcised may have been exempt because of hemophilia, this is not common. More ...


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The word shem (name) means the essence of an item. Thus we see when Adam gave "names" to the animals he recognized their essences and integrated them into his view of the world. Thus, just as the entry into the bris was because of the essence of the mitzvah and not any external influence, so too should the other main mitzvos and critical moments of life ...


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Assuming one was bothered by the question, one could answer based on the Rambam's text of this declaration. Rather than the more familiar formula of כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים (Just as he entered the covenant so may he enter the wedding canopy and good deeds), in Hil. Milah (3:2) he writes: וְאִם הָיוּ שָׁם עוֹמְדִין אוֹמְרִים ...



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