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568. How a Bris is Performed
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Milah 2:1 A bris may be performed by any Jew, including a man who is not himself circumcised, a slave, a woman, and a minor, if no adult male is present. A non-Jew may not perform a circumcision; if he does, the child must be re-circumcised. Any tool may be used for the bris, including […]
567. Those Who Died as a Result
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Milah 1:17 If a baby has a yellow complexion on the eighth day, he is not circumcised until his blood recovers and his complexion returns to that of a healthy infant. Similarly, if the baby’s complexion is very red, he is not circumcised until his blood recovers and his complexion returns to that of a […]
566. Born as Shabbos Begins
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Milah 1:15 If a baby’s head emerges from the birth canal bein hashmasos on Friday but the body does not emerge until Shabbos has begun, the baby is not circumcised on Shabbos. Whenever a bris does not override Shabbos, it also does not override the first day of yom tov, though it does override the […]
565. Premature Infants
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Editor’s note: The Rambam lived in the 12th century, so the following halachos may not be consistent with our current medical understanding. Please consult your own rabbi with any questions of practical application. Milah 1:13 If a baby is born in the eighth month and his nails and hair are completely formed, we assume that […]
564. What Kind of Bris is Not Held on Shabbos?
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Milah 1:11 A bris does not override Shabbos if the baby was born without a foreskin; was born not completely formed in the eighth month of pregnancy, as such a child was not expected to survive; was born by C-section; is a hermaphrodite; or was born with two foreskins. Such babies are circumcised on Sunday, […]
Knock Before Entering!
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Our sages teach that one should not enter any home, even one’s own, without knocking first. As Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai teaches: “There are four things that God hates that I also don’t like…a person who enters his own home suddenly without knocking, and it goes without saying, one who enters his neighbor’s house without […]