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Tradition of the Brit-Milah

It is customary for the brit to be held in a synagogue, but it can also be held at home or any other suitable location.

According to the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 17:10-14), God commanded the Biblical patriarch Abraham to be circumcised, an act to be followed by his descendants:

“ This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant betwixt Me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you.”

The brit takes place on the eighth day following birth even if that day is Shabbat or a holiday. A brit is traditionally performed in the morning, but it may be performed any time during daylight hours.

Circumcision does not determine the Jewishness of a child nor does having a brit milah make a non-Jewish child Jewish. Still, this act represents a transitional moment as the newborn now carries a testimony to his inclusion within the Jewish people, and this is the first rite of passage for a Jewish boy.

The brit takes place on the eighth day following birth even if that day is Shabbat or a holiday. A brit is traditionally performed in the morning, but it may be performed any time during daylight hours.

Dr. Michael S. Miller - www.hoosiermohel.com © - all rights reserved 2013

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