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Questions about circumcision (brit-milah in Hebrew)

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K'shaim Shenichnas L'Bris Kain Yikones L'Torah L'Chupa U'Lmaasim Tovim: why that order?

When a baby boy has his Bris we wish him "K'shaim Shenichnas L'Bris Kain Yikones L'Torah L'Chupa U'Lmaasim Tovim" - just like you entered the covenant so to should you enter into Torah, marriage, and ...
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Bris mila/ sefira haomer

Are there any connections between the mitzva of mila and sefiras Haomer (besides that the father of baby and sandak can have a haircut during the sefira)?
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Minor as a mohel

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a minor (under bar mitzvah) to serve as a mohel and do Brit Milah? What about B’dieved? The reason I ask is because some Poskim hold a woman can serve as ...
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What is significant about being eight days old from birth?

We make a bris on the eighth day. A korban has to be eight days old before being brought on the mizbeach. The new moon according to many has to be eight days old from when its 'born' again till me ...
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Why is circumcision the physical representation of the covenant when Ancient Egyptians also practised circumcision? Shouldn't it be unique to Jews?

Throughout Jewish history, circumcision signifies the covenant between the Jewish people and G-d, blessed be He, as the Torah says (Genesis 17:11). However, male circumcision is also one of the oldest ...
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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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Is metzitzah b’peh after circumcision ever bal tosif?

According to this article the Talmud explicitly states that Brit milah without metzitzah is valid, and it isn’t an essential aspect of the mitzvah in either the Talmud or the views of major Poskim (...
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Can the Sandak be a non-Jew?

This question discusses other roles a non-Jew could take in a bris but leaves the Sandak question open: Can a non-Jewish person participate in a bris?
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Why does a convert receive bris milah before the mikvah?

Why does the convert have his bris before the mikvah rather than afterwards as a Jew? Seemingly the bris done before is not a mitzvah so why not have him do bris milah after the mikvah?
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Anesthetics during Brit milah [duplicate]

Is it permissible to use Anesthetics (for the purpose of pain relief) during circumcision (Brit milah)? I would imagine it would not be problematic per se, but perhaps being conscious is preferable ...
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Did Maimonides covertly condemn circumcision?

Leo Strauss argued that sophisticated writers communicate ideas through many layers of meaning and abstraction using rhetorical stratagems including self-contradiction and hyperbole to convey their ...
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Why does the mohel fill his mouth with a small amount of wine during the Metzitzah B’peh of a bris?

While not all Jews practice this aspect of circumcision, some include a ritual known as Metzitzah B’peh (the oral suction of blood from the boy's wound) I'm aware that the Gemara indicates this was ...
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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.
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Elijah's Presence

I do not have the source for this, but have heard that Elijah the Prophet attends every Brit Milah. In this lecture by Yosef Mizrachi, in the first 2 minutes he goes on to say that even after the Brit ...
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Circumcision once then blood drawn

When a gentile is already circumcised and wants to convert to Judaism, blood has to be drawn from his penis. Why is this? What's the point?
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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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Tzafnat Panei’ach

I’m looking for some help with Tzafnat Panei’ach’s commentary to Genesis 17:23 (pages 137-138 of this PDF). Specifically: The author queries whether Abraham circumcised himself before his household, ...
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Bris on Erev Tisha B'Av?

I seem to recall reading/seeing that one cannot serve meat at a bris on the 8th of Av (assume not on Shabbos) but I can't find it now. Does anyone know a source that says this?
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Segulah to Heal Jaundice Baby for Bris

This site quotes the Steipler saying that it is a segulah to wash a baby's hands (like "negel vasser" when a person wakes up) if it has jaundice that may delay the bris milah. Is this ...
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Bar Mitzvah before Circumcision?

If one was never circumcised can they be called up to the Torah for their bar-mitzvah?
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Honoring your Mohel

Is it brought down anywhere that one should show honor to the one who circumcised him, since he is the one who brought him into the covenant etc.?
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Did Abraham use a flint knife for circumcision and/or for the akedah?

I've seen it queried why Tzipporah and Joshua use/are commanded to use flint knives for the circumcisions they perform (Exodus 4:25, Joshua 5:3) when they had access to metal (bronze) knives in that ...
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Two contradictory statements regarding Noach and periah

Zohar chelek 3, page 166a states that Noach didn’t have a periah. נֹחַ גָּזִיר הֲוָה, וְתָמִים, פְּרִיעָה לָא הֲוָה בֵּיהּ Noach was circumcised and complete, a periah he did not have. Despite not ...
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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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Bris Milah vs Bris Periah and Deuteronomy 4

Full disclosure I am not Jewish. This is (it sadly needs to be said) not meant to be anti-Semitic in any way, shape or form, but it's an honest question. I am not that familiar with the Talmud or oral ...
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On the relative densities of liquids

The Mishna, Shabas chapter 19, describes beating wine with oil (to make a healing ointment for a circumcision) as something that can be done a day in advance and therefore may not be done on Shabas. ...
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Why did Avraham ask Eliezer to swear in the way he did?

Avraham asks his servant Eliezer to place his hand under his thigh to swear an oath regarding finding a daughter for his son. Chazal explain that he asked him to hold his (Avraham's) milah (male ...
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Does one need to perform a delayed brit milah at the first possible time?

If a baby is sick on the 8th day, the brit is pushed off until the baby is healthy. Once the mohel and doctor determine that the baby is healthy, does the brit need to be performed right away (on that ...
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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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Why wait eight days to remove the orloh (foreskin) given that it is considered מאוס (repulsive)?

The Talmud often says that someone with an orloh (foreskin) is disgusting (e.g. Yevamot 71a). The Steinsaltz Edition explains: ומעירים: ואיצטריך למכתב [והוצרך לכתוב] "ערל", ואיצטריך למכתב [...
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Father of baby is an onen by bris

We know an onen doesn’t perform any positive commandments, what happens if it’s the 8th day for his son and he needs to perform the bris, is he allowed to do that, or make a shliach, or does it get ...
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Explanation for episode with Moshe's near death at the hotel

Exodus 4:24-26 describes one of the strangest stories in the Chumash. Moshe was on his way to save the Jewish people, and the Torah says that he stayed with his wife and children in a hotel. Next, we'...
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Recent convert brit-milah question

How does one's foreskin grow back, and what does one do when it does? Is there anything one can do to prevent it from growing back in the future?
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Details of the origin of the term "מושך ערלתו"

Without going into much detail, the idea is totally inapplicable in our Halachic reality because we cut the ערלה completely. I understood that in rabbinic times where the term originated, that wasn't ...
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Delaying Circumcision If Umbilical Cord Hasn't Fallen Off?

While studying an Egyptian Halakhic book (Nehar Misrayim) I came across a ruling that a circumcision was pushed off if the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off yet. The book states this was the ...
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The Sandek being called the 'ba'al bris' and not the Mohel

I received the following excerpt from a friend that comes from HaRav Moshe Wolfson's shlita (the Mashgiach of Mesvita Torah Vodaas) Emunas Itecha: Translation: And with this we can understand that ...
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How did Tzipporah know how to perform circumcision?

I know that circumcision was existent in various nations before and after Matan Torah, and it was and still is practiced with or without the Torah. What's the difference between a Jewish circumcision ...
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What happens when a potential convert can't have a circumcision? [duplicate]

Suppose a man wants to convert to Judaism but cannot have a circumcision for bio-medical reasons (he has a foreskin, but has hemophilia or some other condition which would make the surgery fatal or ...
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When is a second milah required [duplicate]

When is a second bris milah required? Is it possible to require a second milah after masturbating for some time?
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Born Circumcised

We know that Iyov, Adam, Shes, Noach, Shem, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, Shmuel, Dovid, Kalev ben Dovid, & Yirmiyahu were all born circumcised (which is a very rare occurrence). My nephew was also just ...
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Does a transgender male convert require a Hatafas Dam Bris?

Suppose a transgender male (born female) who's undergone bottom surgery and tattooing to make his genitalia look more masculine decided to convert to Orthodox Judaism. Would such a person be required ...
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Do we circumcise a corpse?

We circumcise stillborn babies for many reasons (see e.g., here). Would the same apply for one who it was unhealthy for him to receive a brit milah? For example, let's say person A's two brothers both ...
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Per the claim that Abraham kept the whole Torah, why didn't he circumcise Ishmael and all his slaves earlier?

"Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he circumcised the flesh of his foreskin, and his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. Thus Abraham and ...
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An uncertain end for an uncircumcised baby?

According to this article, a circumcised person cannot enter Gehinnom. It is for this reason that a stillborn baby is circumcised. So what happens to a stillborn baby that is buried without ...
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Hypothetical, what should a wife do if she discovers her husband is uncircumcised?

Circumcision is an integral part of Judaism. That being said, there really isn't an "inspection" to verify someone is circumcised. Unless the individual is a convert, there isn't a ...
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Looking for "The Jewish rite of circumcision" (1873) by Asher Asher

A Google search doesn't come up with any proper results at all. A jstor link and a University of Glasgow biography of Asher Asher didn't offer a link to the entirety of this publication.
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Circumcision of Yishmael's descendants

In Bereishit 17:13 we are commanded to circumcise all children born in our households and all servants bought for money, consequently Abraham performed it on Yishmael too. This is one reason why ...
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People born circumcised?

In this discussion, it's stated: "There is a minor tractate in the Talmud called Brit Millah which lists all the people born circumcised." Can anyone point me towards a copy of this tractate ...
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Why is the foreskin removed?

Why is the foreskin removed? God gave it men, did God also tell them to have it removed?
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Obligation to circumcise and repeatedly regenerating foreskin [duplicate]

From this related question, we can see that someone who deliberately stretches out the skin of their penis to appear uncircumcised is required to undergo a new pseudo-circumcision, and that, in the ...

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