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Questions about circumcision (brit-milah in Hebrew)

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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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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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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.
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How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?

Rashi to 45:4 says that when Yosef told his brothers to approach him, it was to show them his circumcision (presumably to prove he was Jewish). But how would that prove anything? All of Egypt had been ...
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What is the reciprocal term for “sandak”? [closed]

What is the reciprocal term for "sandak", if there is one? That is, if I am a baby's sandak, he is my _____?
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The learning of Bris Milah

I am interested to learn the halachos of Hilchos Milah in a more practical manner. Are there any books that one can recommend? Hebrew or English works.
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Bein hashmashot and bris

If a baby is born "bein hashmashot" how do we count the days till the 8th for the bris? For example, if it's bein hashmashot Sunday evening, will the bris be the following Sunday or following Monday ...
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Why did Yonah not command circumcision on the people of Ninevah, especially in the light of the message of Teshuvah?

Why did Yonah not command circumcision on the people of Ninevah, especially in the light of the message of Teshuvah? Whether for the purpose of Teshuvah or not, Joseph did command circumcision on ...
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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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What are the “thirteen covenants made upon” circumcision?

What are the "thirteen covenants made upon" circumcision? My question came from, "Rabbi Ishmael says: Great is circumcision, since thirteen covenants were made upon it." https://www.sefaria.org/...
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Where is there a discussion where the phrase “to become circumcised” means “to convert to Judaism” or “to become a Jew”? [closed]

Where is there a discussion where the phrase "to be circumcised" means "to convert to Judaism" or "to become a Jew"?
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How much foreskin remaining by a bris is too much?

If someone as a baby had a bris done by a mohel but feels he still has foreskin going over his glans, then does he need another bris or has he fulfilled his obligation?
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Use of phrase ברוך הבא - Version #2

Inspired by The previous version of my question I noticed that in Nusach Ashkenaz, ברוך הבא is said at both a Brit as well as when the Chattan (groom) walks down the aisle toward the Chuppah. ...
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pushed off bris on shabbos

only a bris that is on time on the eighth day is done on shabbos (ch 19 mesechta shabbos), so a mohel who performs a belated bris on shabbos is mechalel shabbos, does that invalidate the bris being ...
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Skipping Tachanun - Difference between Chattan vs. Avel

This M.Y. answer says that if a Chattan is in shul, tachanun is skipped. Art Scroll and Birnbaum Siddurim say that Tachanun is skipped in the house of a mourner. However, if the mourner is in shul, ...
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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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Differences of Timing of Se'udah for Brit and Pidyon Haben

Last night, I attended a pidyon haben - a somewhat rare occasion to attend because of various "regulations" on who qualifies for a pidyon. I noticed during the approximately 10 times I have attended ...
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Is it forbidden for a noachide (Non-Jew) to be circumcised?

I heard Rabbi Immanuel Schochet bring this up in a lecture as an off hand comment, that circumcision is bodily mutilation, and thus the only reason why Jews can do it, is because it they are ...
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What happens when a potential convert can't have a circumcision?

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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Circumcision for conversion of someone whose male genitalia have been removed

Let's say a non-Jewish male has had his genitalia removed through some accident or medical procedure (e.g. for the purpose of gender transition). If that person later decides to convert. How is bris ...
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Were Benei Noach chayiv in Priah u'Reviah and Bris Milah before Sinai?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 59a says that any mitzvah given to Benei Noach and repeated at Har Sinai, generally speaking, was given to both groups. Thus, both groups are given the issur of Avodah Zarah, ...
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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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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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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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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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How does paying a Mohel work?

I have heard - do not know the source - that a Mohel is not supposed to charge an official price - however you are supposed to pay him. 1: Is it true that a Mohel is not supposed to charge an ...