Diphallia is a rare medical condition in which a male infant is born with two penises.

Does brit-milah requires both penises to be circumcised? Is there any reference in the litterature about such an event?

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    I recall the Nishmat Avraham discussing hypospadias, wouldn't be surprised if he covers this one too. Fascinating question!
    – Shalom
    Nov 1, 2012 at 1:55
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    – Double AA
    Nov 1, 2012 at 2:45
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    The Minchas Chinuch would love this: Suppose a baby is born chetzyo eved / chetzyo ben chorin, and he has diphallia ...
    – Isaac Moses
    Nov 1, 2012 at 4:17
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    בעא מיניה פלימו מרבי מי שיש לו שני ראשים באיזה מהן מניח תפילין א"ל או קום גלי או קבל עלך שמתא "Pelemo enquired of Rabbi, If a man has two heads on which one must he put the tefillin?’ ‘You must either leave’, he replied, ‘or regard yourself under the ban’." - Menachot 37a
    – Isaac Moses
    Nov 1, 2012 at 4:37
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    But then... א"ל איתיליד לי ינוקא דאית ליה תרי רישי
    – b a
    Nov 1, 2012 at 5:27

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The Rambam in Mishna Torah Hilchos Milah 1:7 says that someone who has 2 Orlos they make the Bris for both on the 8th day.

ומי שיש לו שתי ערלות, מלין את שתיהן בשמיני.

The Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh Deah 262:13 and the Sefer Minchas Ani - Hilchos Milah 13 says that although the Bris is done on the 8th day by such a child it would not be done on the 8th day if the 8th day is Shabbos.

  • Just to add to this, Rambam also says that circumcising someone with two foreskins wouldn't override shabbat - he records that later in 1:11. Apr 7, 2021 at 6:29

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