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Questions about circumcision (brit-milah in Hebrew)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Haftarah for a B'rit Milah?

Rema Orach Chayyim 428:8 mentions a custom to read a special haftarah for a shabbat following a wedding. Was there ever a custom to read a special haftarah for a shabbat on which a b'rit milah took ...
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Can a male child be forced to convert?

I have read that an adoptive parent (for example) can convert a minor child as the change in status is considered to the advantage of the child so it does not need his consent. This child can renounce ...
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How many covenants did Hashem make with Abraham?

How many covenants did Hashem make with Abraham? When reading Bereshit/Genesis, on the Chabad website, one comes across various passages of Hashem's conversation with Abram/Abraham (chapters 15, 17 ...
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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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Rashi's explanation of why we are told that Avram was 86 at the birth of Yishma'el

Bereishit 16:16: וְאַבְרָ֕ם בֶּן־שְׁמֹנִ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה וְשֵׁ֣שׁ שָׁנִ֑ים בְּלֶֽדֶת־הָגָ֥ר אֶת־יִשְׁמָעֵ֖אל לְאַבְרָֽם׃‏ Avram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Yishma'el to Avram. ...
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Teaching Torah to circumcised non-Jews

In his supercommentary to Rashi Genesis 7:2, R. Yissechar Ber Eilenberg cites the following from his teacher R. Mordecha Yaffe: וטעם שאסור ללמוד תורה לגוי הוא מפני הערלה שבו ויש בו סוד שלא להכניס ...
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In circumcision, how "Metzitah B'peh" is to be performed?

I know that the origins of Metzitzah practice are those of health reasons, as the contact of blood with human saliva actually helped prevent infections (assuming the Mohel's saliva in itself was not ...
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Why does Eliyahu appear at a brit milah?

There's really not much to add here... What's the connection between Eliyahu and the Brit Milah? We have a kiseh shel eliyahu (Chair of Eliyahu) and we mention his name when the infant is placed on ...
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Why were women doing Brit Milah to their sons?

Unintentionally bumped into this verse (Macabbees A) that appears to be historically authentic: והנשים אשר מלו את בניהן הומתו על פי המלך. (And women who circumcised their sons were executed) Do ...
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Is there a halachic preference for milah over hatafas dam bris?

While hatafas dam bris is clearly valid for a convert who is already circumcised, is this considered bedieved? Suppose a man who is not already circumcised intends to convert. Suppose he is also ...
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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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What defines a person who is circumcised "of the heart"?

Circumcisions of the heart are a topic which I've seen mentioned a couple of times but never really delved into. While the word circumcision is used to describe it, the mark cannot be equated to true ...
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Wrong brocho made at a bris for a ger?

I was learning Yoreh Deah Hilchos Geirim and couldn't find any commentators explanation as to what should be done if the normal bris milah blessings were made for the circumcision of a convert. It ...
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Minyan for Brit Milah, Funeral & Wedding

Is a Minyan required for a Brit Mila/circumcision, funeral/burial, or for a wedding/Chuppa? Usually they tend to be done in the presence of a Minyan but is it an obligation and are there any ...
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If someone's foreskin grew back, would he need a second Bris Milah?

Theoretically speaking, if someone's foreskin grew back after his Bris Milah, would he need another Bris Milah? Is the idea that the Bris be permanent, and if the foreskin were to grow back, it would ...
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Does a brit milah require the se'udah to be on the same day?

Suppose that an infant is healthy enough to have his brit (circumcision) on the eight day, but the doctor recommends that infant should not be exposed to a large crowd. So, they have the brit in the ...
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Is there a scientific basis for the claim that the 3rd day from the circumcision is the most painful and dangerous? [duplicate]

Is there a scientific basis for the claim that the third day from the day of a circumcision is the most painful and dangerous? In Mishana (shabbath 19,3) מרחיצין את הקטן בין לפני המילה ובין לאחר ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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