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Questions tagged [brit-milah]

Questions about circumcision (brit-milah in Hebrew)

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Were those who were not circumcised in the wilderness debarred from celebrating Pesach?

Were those who were not circumcised in the wilderness debarred from celebrating Pesach? The uncircumcised were not admitted to Passover celebrations—Exodus 13:5 and Joshua 5 seem to indicate that ...
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Haman decreeing against circumcision

The gemara implies that after the Jews were victorious they restarted the mitzvah of circumcision which Haman decreed against. Are there any other source-based indications that Haman had made such ...
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What happens at an adult brit?

I have never attended an adult (usually a result of conversion, but not necessarily) brit. I am curious what parts of the ceremony are different from what occurs during a baby's brit. For example: Is ...
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Father & son have a brit on the same day. Who should go first?

Scenario: Intermarried couple. Mother & son are Jewish. The father is about to convert. The brit is planned for the same day. Who goes first? Assumption - Baby goes first as his brit should be ...
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Hatafas Dam Bris-Performed

How does one perform a Hatafas Dam Bris? What are all the steps in the process? Additionally, what Brachos (if any) are made at a Hatafas Dam Bris?
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Name giving ceremony

At the Brit Milah parents give name to their son. Is there a seperate ceremony or is it part of the Brit Milah? And does this name-giving-part have a name?
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Different Circumcisions?

I have a question about circumcision, looking at some verses I found a view occasions where circumcision is mentioned: At first there is the Brit "the convenant of circumcision" when HaShem ...
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What is the view of the Noachide movement on bris milah for non-Jews descended from Abraham?

The Noachide movement is a movement that encourages non-Jews to follow the Seven Noahide laws---that is, the Mitzvot that are binding on Noach and his descendents (in other words, on all living humans)...
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Are gentile circumcisions a sign from God?

A ger tzedek friend of mine told me that he had been circumcised long before his conversion. Another question on bris milah through MY mentioned 55% of non-Jews are circumcised at birth. He mentioned ...
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What is the perceived effect of circumcision on sexuality?

My understanding so far : Jews circumcise their sons at the age of 8 days in order to mark an alliance between the newborn and God, and this tradition has carried on for thousands of years. It is also ...
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Self inspection of a bris milah

Is it possible for an adult to inspect his own milah to determine if the milah was done in a halachically proper manner? Are there any picture guides or some other type of resources that would help ...
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Circumcision exceptions on the rule?

If one gives birth to a premature/preterm son, or if the childs weight is to low, for example, would it still be circumcised on the 8th day or are there exceptions to the command?
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What is the source and meaning of the word מהול?

I am trying to get to the bottom of what the word מהול means in the context of being circumcised. I can't find it used in Mishna or Talmud, but by the Rishonim and Medrashim it is commonly used to ...
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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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Wearing tefillin during a bris that comes out on Rosh Chodesh

Generally people don't wear tefillin after musaf on Rosh Chodesh. There is a discussion in the poskim (which mainly seems to be among the mekubalim) if one would wear tefillin on Rosh Chodesh during ...
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Postponing a bris for parents or grandparents

Is one allowed to postpone a bris(bzmano) for the afternoon if ones parents or grandparents cannot make the bris for the morning. What is more important ,zrizim makdimin ( to peform the mitzvah as ...
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Difference father and mother jew who would like to circumcise a son

If one is married to a non-jew and one begets a son, why is it that when the mother is jewish (but in some cases don't live a Jewish livestyle) can get her son circumcised, but when only the father is ...
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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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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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Does the Torah Address the Issue of Circumcision on the Sabbath?

Question - a Reference Request from Scripture: Does the written Torah, (or Scripture), ever address the issue of Circumcision on the Sabbath? Does Scripture indicate whether Sabbath Restrictions ...
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Being forgiven for all of your sins for going to a Bris [duplicate]

I heard somewhere that going to a Bris will have all of your sins forgiven because of the following story: Hashem told Eliyahu HaNavi that he'd have to go to every Bris. Eliyahu responded, "what if ...
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How does Rashi know Yosef tells the Egyptians to circumcise themselves?

Genesis 41,55: וַתִּרְעַב֙ כָּל-אֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם וַיִּצְעַ֥ק הָעָ֛ם אֶל-פַּרְעֹ֖ה לַלָּ֑חֶם וַיֹּ֨אמֶר פַּרְעֹ֤ה לְכָל-מִצְרַ֨יִם֙ לְכ֣וּ אֶל-יוֹסֵ֔ף אֲשֶׁר-יֹאמַ֥ר לָכֶ֖ם תַּֽעֲשֽׂוּ: ‏ ...
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Can one use Maaser to pay a Mohel?

Can a father use maaser money to pay a mohel to give his son a bris milah? The question is strenghtened since a person is not allowed to charge for performing a mitzvah.
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Use of phrase ברוך הבא

Based on what I have seen I Nusach Ashkenaz siddurim such as Art Scroll and Birnbaum, among some others, I noticed the phrase ברוך הבא is used at the beginning of a Brit (circumcision) when welcoming ...
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Who customarily wears a tallis by a bris?

By the ceremony of a bris milah there are many "kibbudim" or honors that are given to those that are present. Here is the list (please edit and add if I missed any): Kvater - a man and woman who ...
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Do we assume a Bris or Pidyon has been done?

If I adopt a 3 year old whose paperwork indicates that both parents were Jewish (but I cannot contact them or get further information about their religiosity) and he was an only child, do I assume ...
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Bris for non-Jewish boy whose parents are converting

If in the process of conversion, a couple has a baby boy, what is done regarding the bris? They have not yet fully converted, but are in the process, with a Rabbi and regularly attending synagogue ...
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Questions on the Netziv's understanding of Isaac's birth

Haamek Davar to Vayera 18:12 (and, to a lesser extent, the surrounding verses) and Harchev Davar (by the same author) to Vayera 21:3 explain Sarah's laughter on learning that she and Abraham would ...
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Is a non-Jew who was Sandek in non-Orthodox brit allowed to be sandek again after conversion?

A few articles like here speak of a custom amongst non-religious groups allowing non-Jews, women, and otherwise to be sandek despite halacha or minhag. It happens whether unfortunate or not. But if '...
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Difference Between Brit and Medical Circumcision

I have recently encountered a number of non-Jews who were protesting circumcision in front of the U.S. White House. While I found most of their notions somewhat absurd, I was given pause to question ...
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Why is there no Bris Milah for girls?

The title says it all, for the most part, but given that the Bris Milah is a way of bringing a newborn boy into the covenant with God, why is there no parallel/similar ritual, or commencement, as it ...
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Pesach circumcision a rememberance of the covenant made with Avraham?

Within the narrative of the story of the covenant and promise made with Avraham we learn a couple of things. One of those things is that the seed of Avraham will be gerim in a land not theirs. It's ...
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Is a circumcision by a doctor but with Jewish ceremony valid? [closed]

I have a friend who is uncertain about his circumcision. He was circumcised at 13 years of age, however not by a "Mohel" but by a common (non-Jewish) medical doctor. However, his father and uncles ...
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Is it okay to do a Brit Shalom instead of Brit milah?

Brit shalom is basically Brit mila without the circumcision, is that okay according to Halacha?
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Brit milah during shloshim

I understand that someone observing shloshim should not attend a seudat mitzvah. I was wondering what happens if someone observing shloshim has a baby boy who is due for a bris. Does the parent ...
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What's a common blessing given to people at a brit milah?

What is a common blessing given to the father/mother of the child receiving the circumcision when attending a brit milah (circumcision)? What is a common blessing given to the friends and relatives ...
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Drinking blood during Milah

According to what I have read, there are problems with ingesting human blood. Questions like this indicate that mar'is ayin applies. During metzitzah in a circumcision, the mohel takes some blood ...
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Was Esau commanded in circumcision?

Was Esau commanded in circumcision? For instance, if he did teshuvah, was he still obligated in circumcision for himself and his children?
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Circumcision, burying of the foreskin and the Torah

Is the burying of the foreskin under a new tree in the Torah? If not how is this tradition valid? Thank you
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Is a gentile living in Eretz Yisrael obliged to be circumcised?

Let's say a gentile is living in Lebanon or western Jordan, or west bank or even the State of Israel. Is he obliged to get circumcised since he live is Eretz Yisrael ?
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כשם in the blessing at the end of the bris כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים

At the end of the bris (circumcision) ceremony, the congregation wishes כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים In the manner that he entered the bris, so shall he enter for Torah, the ...
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Can a non-Jewish person participate in a bris?

My best friend is Jewish, and I have been involved in most of the most important events in his life. I was the best man at his wedding, I celebrated Hanukkah with his family, and I am the "godfather" ...
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Does the sandek have to hold the babies feet?

The sandek is the person who holds the baby when the mohel makes the bris. Generally this honor is given to a grandparent or very righteous person. In many cases when preparing the baby to perform the ...
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Why is hatafas dam bris necessary for conversion for someone who already has a bris milah?

In a case when a non-Jew wishes to convert to Judaism but already has a bris milah, a procedure or process known as "hatafas dam bris" is made. That's where a small needle is put in the place of the ...
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If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?

I was baptized in the Catholic Church, raised in the Methodist Church, and became an atheist when I was about 14 years old. My grandmother on my father's side was a non-observant Jew, but my father ...
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What was the sanctification of Abraham?

"And is a Jew excluded from the category of bnei Noach? Since Avraham was sanctified they are called by my name" ״וישראל מי נפיק מכלל בני נח? כיון דאיקדש אברהם איתקרו על שמיה״ -Talmud Bavli, ...
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Making a knife for brit Mila ( with a shinui or goy) on shabbat

Can someone please remind me where the machloket is regarding wether making a knife for a brit Milah on shabbat is mutar or assur. Another thing, I know we pasken its assur however if someone was to ...
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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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Why are there few female circumcisers these days?

This article cites varying opinions regarding the use a mohelet - woman circumciser. There are opinions allowing it, though. Excerpt: There is a controversy in tractate Avodah Zarah 27a regarding ...
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Why does Yosef command the Egyptians to circumcise

Rashi on Bereshis 41:55 says what he tells you, do: Since Joseph had ordered them to circumcise themselves, and when they came to Pharaoh and said, “This is what he said to us,” he (Pharaoh) said ...