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Questions tagged [brit-milah]

Questions about circumcision (brit-milah in Hebrew)

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Is a “shaliach” required to perform a brit milah?

From my understanding of the way the mitzvah is phrased in the Torah, a person, should assure that he is circumcised. A baby, of course, cannot make this request at 8 days old, so, the father would do ...
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Whence 'kvatter'?

As part of every ashkenazi brit milah ceremony I have attended, the baby was passed from a woman (the kvatterin) to a man (the kvatter, always her husband?) who then brought the baby in to the ...
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May a woman be a kvater?

May a woman serve as the sole kvater (person who brings the baby to the sandek) at a bris? At most britot I've been to, the duty of kvater was handled by a woman and a man (typically married), with ...
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Etymology of the word “Kvater”

What is the etymology of the word "Kvater"? Kvater is what we call the person that carries the baby boy into a Bris.
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Source for the idea that “bris milah” is a “bris achvah”

Where else do we find, like the sifsei chachomim writes (Bereshit 45:4), that bris milah is a bris achvah - a covenant of brotherhood?
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Why are the Pesach sacrifice and Brit Milah so closely connected?

During a Brit, last week, Rabbi Pesach Krohn mentioned how special it is when someone has a brit during Pesach as there is a close connection of these two events. Indeed, I found these connections: ...
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How is this a proof that the Rabbis hold that one cannot continue a stopped circumcision on Shabbat (Shabbat 133b)

The gemara (Shabbat 133b) is trying to identify the Tanna of the Braita above: המל כל זמן שהוא עוסק במילה חוזר בין על הציצין המעכבין את המילה בין על הציצין שאין מעכבין את המילה. פירש על ציצין ...
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Anesthesia for a Bris

Can an adult or even a baby be given anesthesia for a bris milah, or do we say that the person needs to be awake for the mitzvah?
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Seudas Bris on a pushed-off fast

When Tisha B'Av is pushed off from Shabbos to Sunday the "bal habris" may eat a seudah (meal). A few questions. (I have no other background information to give and I'm asking because simply a lack of ...
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Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?

Why is it so that if a Jew has a male child with a non-Jewish woman the child is not circumcised, even though, like Ishmail, the child is under Abrahamic (but not Mosaic) covenant, since the father is ...
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Brit Milah on 8th day v/s delays

This question pertains to how necessary it is to perform a bris on the 8th day from birth. I know that, if the baby is sick, it can be delayed (to a non Shabbat/Yom Tov day). This question relates to ...
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Difference between Shacharis and Mincha re:Tachanun if Sandek/Mohel/father is present

If a Sandek, or Mohel or father-of-the-baby are present during Shacharis, then the entire congregation skip Tachanun. If, however, they are present at Mincha, then these individuals do not say ...
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How do Jews handle when a baby dies due to circumcision?

This is a real question. I personally know of two cases. One is a friend of mine in USA. The other is in UK via my wife on a professional basis, where I was able to read the coroner's report. This is ...
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Which men needed to be circumcised in Joshua 5

Yehoshua 5:2 talks about the moment in which Yehoshua is commanded to circumcise the children of Israel a second time. The reason to do so is that all the people that came forth out of Egypt, that ...
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Does a mohel say Tachanun during mincha if he did a brit in the morning?

In a shul where a mohel is present for a brit, he (nor others in the minyan) say Tachanun. Usually, a brit is done after Shacharit. Someone (not a mohel) told me, recently, that when a mohel has doen ...
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Abraham circumcision?

As we know in our today's world, a sentence can be understood if the vocabulary of the words which are in that sentence is also already understood. But if there is a vocabulary which is not already ...
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Sources on mystical and spiritual meaning of Brit Milah?

What are some good sources discussing the mystical and spiritual meaning of Brit Milah as well as how it affects one's spirit/life/etc?
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Why does the word milah mean both circumcision and word?

What is the rabbinic explanation why the word milah means both circumcision and word? To translate this into Hebrew is quite interesting, it would read like, Why does the milah milah mean both ...
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What is the maximum age for Metzitza?

Part of the bris ceremony is metzitza. I was told that after a certain age (of the boy) it is not done (meaning an adult who gets a bris does not get metzitza). Is this true? What is the age? Source ...
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Is a child allowed to circumcise his father?

Assume that the father is a Gentile who married a Jewish woman. The child, who is Jewish, obviously, becomes a mohel. Years, later, the father decides to convert, so he needs a brit. Is the son ...
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Baby boy born bein hashmashot when you don't know what day it is

Extreme hypothetical here... We know (MT Hilchot Mila 1:9) that mila on the (definite) 8th day is doche Shabbat. If the baby is born bein hashmashot, when we're not sure what day it is, it cannot be ...
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Making up tachanun

I davened at the early minyan today. After the later minyan (which was already under way by the time we finished Avinu Malkeinu) there is a bris scheduled. Therefore, we did not say tachanun, as per ...
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Selichot when a mohel, baal brit or sandak are in the shul

Is there anything that must be skipped, such as viduy, in Selichot when a Baal brit, Mohel or Sandak are present just as it is done in viduy Shachrit or Mincha in such a case?
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Milah Without P'ri'ah

If a Jewish boy received a milah without p'ri'ah by a Jewish doctor, halakhically does he need to get more cutoff later in life? Preference for Sephardic sources. When I asked a Rabbi he said there ...
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What things are done differently for an adult circumcision?

I have never attended an adult circumcision, and I don't know anyone, personally, who was circumcised as an adult. I'm curious if there are any notable differences between an adult and child ...
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How did Abraham perform brit milah?

Abraham (around 1800 BC) performed circumcision. At that period, what tool must he have used to do that? Also, Genesis 18:7-8 says he cooked a calf. What tool must he have used to kill the calf at ...
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Is there anything wrong with inviting friends to a bris?

I have a friend - let's call him 'A' - who's married; His wife gave birth to a boy. I asked another friend of mine, if 'A' invited him to the bris. He told me that one is not supposed to invite ...
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Source for forgiveness at a Bris Milah for those who share the baby's name

I have heard many times that if one is present at a Bris Milah and the baby receives the same name as them, they receive forgiveness for all of their sins and/or some sort of special Beracha. Is ...
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Maimonides on Circumcision

These are not questions about circumcision. They are about what Maimonides said about the practice. I would to know if the following things do, or do not, in fact represent things Maimonides said ...
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Source for putting the orlah in earth/sand specifically from Israel after a bris?

A Mohel in America once asked me to bring some earth/sand from Israel to America for him to bury the orlahs (foreskins) in after doing a Bris. Does anyone here know of a source for putting the orlah ...
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Any issue in using a different name than given at brit mila?

It was common in Europe (and probably elsewhere) to give a child a common (secular) name for day-to-day use and a "Jewish name" for use in synagogue (e.g., alyah la Torah). This was often done when ...
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Maybe Avraham didn't do the mitzvah of milah earlier because his mitzvah was to do it at 99 years old?

There is a famous question asked: Since Avraham Avinu observed all the mitzvos of his own accord, (kedushin 82a, Yevamos 28b) Why did he not circumcise himself before Hashem commanded him to at the ...
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Why is Milah considered Avraham's first Mitzvah. Why not Lech-Lecha?

(בראשית כד ב) שים נא ידך תחת ירכי ופירש רש"י תחת ירכי לְפִי שֶׁהַנִּשְׁבָּע צָרִיךְ שֶׁיִּטוֹל בְּיָדוֹ חֵפֶץ שֶׁל מִצְוָה, כְּגוֹן סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, אוֹ תְּפִילִין (שבועות ל"ח), וְהַמִּילָה הָיְתָה ...
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Is there any source for not sharing a baby's name before the bris?

For some reason, I have it ingrained in me that a baby boy's name before the bris is a secret and should not be shared. Are there any sources for this, or is it something made up?
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Why were the Israelites not circumcised in the desert?

Genesis 21:4 (JPS) And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Starting with Abraham, the Israelite men were circumcised and a boy at the eighth day ...
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May a Mohel who accepted Shabbos early circumcise a child who turned 8 days old on Friday?

Since the rule that a circumcision pushes off Shabbos is learned from the verse וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו, ויקרא יב ג, from which chaz"l expound "ביום השמיני אפילו בשבת", (שבת קלב ע"א), therefore a ...
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Tachanun during the mincha before a bris

According to this answer (and a number of other discussions on the web) one does not say tachanun during the mincha on the day before the relevant simcha-day. Would this include a case where a baby ...
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About how often does a mohel say Tachanun?

When a mohel is present in shul, no one in the minyan needs to recite Tachanun. If any reader is a mohel or otherwise would know how to answer this question, "fairly", I'm curious how often the mohel,...
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Why would the identity of the father's mohel be relevant to a potential shidduch? [closed]

A few in my neighborhood mentioned that they saw, on a shidduch resume asked "Who was the father's mohel?" My wife was asked this question from a shadchan. (No ... my wife is not dating anyone else :-)...
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How do you count days for brit milah (circumcision)?

My understanding is circumcision should be performed on the eighth day. Does this include the day the child was born? So if born on Monday, would circumcision be on the following Monday, or should it ...
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Eating the foreskin at a brit milah

Yalkut Yosef (siman 79 in דין בשר האדם) discusses a minhag brought down by Mar'eh HaYeladim (מערכת ה' אות י) which says: "it is a segulah for a woman to become pregnant [with a boy] if she takes ...
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Is the pain from the brit milah most severe at the 3rd day after it?

I had heard possibly a Midrash that says that the pain of the brit milah (circumcision) is most severe 3 days after the procedure. I hunted through some of the commentaries in Mikra'ot Gedolot. First ...
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Why do we avoid inviting people to a b'rit milah specifically, and not other celebrations too?

I have learned, and seen in practice, that we don't invite people to a b'rit milah directly but rather just announce a date and place. The reason, according to this answer citing Rema Yoreh Deah 265:...
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Source for not being a Shochet and Mohel

I am looking for the source of a minhag that a shochet should not be a mohel because of an incident where the mohel/shochet recited "al hashechita" and the infant died afterwards. I recall that as an "...
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Could the narrative of Exodus 4:24-26 have happened at another moment in time?

HaShem commands Moshe to do ׳all wonders׳ which HaShem appointed in his hand before Pharaoh once he arrives in Egypt (Shemot 4:21), but despite all wonders - HaShem informs Moshe - Pharaoh will not ...
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Why may berachos be recited at a bris while the baby's erva is uncovered?

We know that one is not permitted to make a bracha or say devarim shebikedusha in front of nakedness. Why then is it permitted for the mohel and father at a bris to make their berachos when the baby's ...
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Why did Hashem not tell Avraham to have a Bris earlier?

Avraham Avinu was told to have a Bris at 99 years of age. Why didn't Hashem have him do a Bris earlier?
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Bris when the mother isn't observant?

I heard of a Hassidic rabbi performing a Brit Milah on a child whose father is Orthodox but whose mother is not. The mother is Jewish but not observant. Why is it ok for an Orthodox rabbi to perform ...
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Sheva Brachos at a Bris

If a Chosson & Kallah during the first week they got married attended a Bris, should the assembled recite Sheva Brachos after Bentching?
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How does one become a Mohel?

I want to be a Mohel. I learned the Tur - Shulchan Aruch (YD 260-266). Now what? What should be my next step? P.S. I live in Brooklyn.