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Circumcision for conversion of someone whose male genitalia have been removed

The Shulchan Arukh (YD 268:1) rules (like the Tur, quoting a Gaon; see too Tosfot Yevamot 46b) that a male whose genitals have been removed ("Nikhrat haGid") doesn't need Milah or Hatafat Dam Berit, ...
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Does a transgender male convert require a Hatafas Dam Bris?

Here is an excerpt from Encyclopedia Halachit Refuit from Dr. Avraham Steinberg. Translation (my own): A women who underwent surgery to appear like a man, even if they formed for her a male limb, ...
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Hypothetical, what should a wife do if she discovers her husband is uncircumcised?

Being circumcised does not affect one's status as a Jew. His wedding is valid, and he can continue living with his wife. There are certain males who are not allowed to be circumcised, including those ...
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Source for not being a Shochet and Mohel

This custom couldn't have been popular in times of the Amoraim since it is brought (BT Chullin 9a): ואמר רב יהודה אמר רב תלמיד חכם צריך שילמוד ג' דברים כתב שחיטה ומילה Trans. (Soncino): ...
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Can the Sandak be a non-Jew?

Shu"t Divrei Malkiel (וע"ד שמושיבים נוצרי לסנדק) writes very strongly against it. He says the sandek plays a crucial role in the bris, and it's completely inappropriate to appoint someone ...
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May a Mohel who accepted Shabbos early circumcise a child who turned 8 days old on Friday?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yalkut Yosef 1:388:27: מוהל שנקרא למול מילה בזמנה בערב שבת אחר פלג המנחה, והוא כבר קיבל עליו את השבת, ויש שם עוד מוהלים אחרים שלא קיבלו עליהם שבת, יש להסתפק אם מותר לו למול, ...
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What happens at an adult brit?

I have a friend who became religious through Operation Open Curtain, an organization whose goal is to bring Russian Jews in the Moscow area to Jewish observance. He received his bris when he was ...
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What things are done differently for an adult circumcision?

THe Gemmorah (Kiddushin 29 I think) says: "If father didn't Ccized him he's obligated to Ccze himself when he grows up" (it is not clear who's Mitzvah it is in the first place - חפצא or גברא). It's ...
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Milah Without P'ri'ah

The Mishna (Shabbat 19:6) states: מל ולא פרע את המילה, כאלו לא מל.‏ If he did Milah but not Priah, it is as if he didn't do Milah. Rambam (Milah 2:4) and Shulchan Arukh (YD 264:4) rule ...
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Is a child allowed to circumcise his father?

You can ask the same question about a Jewish-from-birth father who happened never to have been circumcised. Minchas Chinuch 48 rules that the sin of injuring one's parent does not apply if one does it ...
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People born circumcised?

It's in Avot De-Rabbi Natan 2:5: Born circumcised were Adam, Seth, Noah, Shem, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the wicked Balaam, Samuel, David, Jeremiah and Zerubbabel.
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Is there any source for not sharing a baby's name before the bris?

This is a good question which wasn't really answered in the last seven years. I found a number of sources R Moshe Taub (here, part 1) quotes Rav Gedalia Shor, that we wait until a boy’s bris to give ...
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Is it forbidden for a noachide (Non-Jew) to be circumcised?

According to Rambam (Hilkhot Milah 3:7), not only is it permissible for a gentile to circumcise himself, it is a mitsvah! As he writes in a responsum (ed. Blau # 148), this is in the category of eino ...
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How do you count days for brit milah (circumcision)?

The day of the birth is included in counting towards the eighth day of life: A Brit Milah should be performed on the infant's eighth day (including the day of birth), after sunrise. If the ...
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How did Abraham perform brit milah?

The description of Abraham's circumcision in the Bible doesn't say what tool he used. However, Joshua is described as having circumcised the Israelites with swords of stone (Joshua 5:2), and, as רבות ...
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Why does Eliyahu appear at a brit milah?

From Explaining the Customs of Bris Milah (relevant excerpt): WHY IS THERE A CHAIR FOR ELIYAHU? According to the Midrash, Eliyahu Hanavi attends every bris. Before Eliyahu rose to heaven and ...
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Per the claim that Abraham kept the whole Torah, why didn't he circumcise Ishmael and all his slaves earlier?

Aside from any Kabbalistic answers to why Avraham waited to circumcise himself, there are many famous non-Kabbalistic (nigleh) answers, which appear on this very site. It would strengthen the question ...
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Recent convert brit-milah question

It sometimes happen by children who were circumcised for medical reasons that too much skin is left over so they need a circumcision revision. Such a thing almost never happens by milah. Let alone ...
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Eating the foreskin at a brit milah

This custom is is at least ~600 years old, as it is mentioned in a responsum by R. Solomon ben Simon Duran. Shu"t HaRashbash siman 518 מכל מקום יצא לנו לפי זה איסור למה שנהגו לבלוע ערלת הזכרים ...
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Bris when the mother isn't observant?

Every Jewish baby boy needs to get a Bris - irrelevant of his future as a religiously observant Jew. If the parents don't take care of it, then the local Bet Din has to deal with it. If they didn't, ...
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Is the pain from the brit milah most severe at the 3rd day after it?

This comes from IbnEzra on the pasuk in Vayishlach about the people of Shechem. The Mishna in Shabbos Perek 9 Mishna 3 cites this pasuk. Vayishlach 34:25 וַיְהִי֩ בַיּ֨וֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁ֜י ...
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Why does the word milah mean both circumcision and word?

They are two different (although similar-sounding) words. 1. מִלָּה meaning 'word' is attested to in Tehillim 139:4: כִּ֤י אֵ֣ין מִ֭לָּה בִּלְשׁוֹנִ֑י הֵ֥ן יְ֝הוָ֗ה יָדַ֥עְתָּ כֻלָּֽהּ׃‏ ...
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What defines a person who is circumcised "of the heart"?

This is the subject of the fourth discourse of the the Alter Rebbe in the fourth section of the Tanya called Igeret HaKodesh. He explains that process of circumcising the heart is to remove ones ...
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Born Circumcised

The Minchas Elozor (Munkatcher Rebbe, also a famous mohel) quotes a number of sources who posit that although we find people who are born somewhat circumcised, nobody today is born completely ...
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Why were women doing Brit Milah to their sons?

Actually, if you look two verses later, it mentions separately ואת המלים אותם (those who circumcised them), and states that they were beheaded (whereas the mothers had their babies hanged from their ...
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Maimonides on Circumcision

The answer to your question is, yes, Maimonides said these things about circumcision. His statements can be found in Guide for the Perplexed 3:49. I will intersperse your four statements with the ...
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Is there any source for not sharing a baby's name before the bris?

Rav Pesach Feinhandler in his Avnei Yashfei 1:196:6 is puzzled by this custom of people not revealing the name of the baby before the bris. He doesn't understand the insistence on not doing so. He ...
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Does the Torah Address the Issue of Circumcision on the Sabbath?

The written Torah does not address the issue of circumcision on the Sabbath. Gen. 17 and Levit. 12:3 merely mention the 8th day requirement as far as the plain text is concerned. In the Talmud, ...
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Why is a bris performed after death?

I have written about both of these issues (stillborn and uncircumcised adult). The stillborn practice is a custom that really depends on the feelings of the parents: they could choose to, or they ...
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May a woman be a kvater?

A woman can be a kvater(in) if the physical layout of the location of the brit allows her to do without tzniut issues. The Rema in Shulchan Aruch YD 265:11 describes how a woman cannot be a sandak ...
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