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Can a Brit be held on Shabbat?


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Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?

Alfred: Can a Brit be held on Shabbat?

Rabbi Gurkow: yes, it may be held on shabbat

Rabbi Gurkow: and not only it may, but it ought to

Rabbi Gurkow: provided that the brit is being held on the eighth day. if the brit was delayed, then it cannot be done on shabbat or any of the major jewish holiday when work is prohibited.

Alfred: thank you. 

[Ed. note: There are other exceptions to this rule, such as if the child was born during twilight hours or if the child was delivered via c-section. A rabbi should be consulted before actually scheduling a brit for Shabbat.]

See also How does a Shabbat Brit differ than a weekday one?

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Life Cycle » Circumcision » The Brit

(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
[Lit. Covenant] Circumcision. The act of removing ones foreskin 8 days after birth, perpetuating a covenant with G-d originally established by the Patriarch Abraham.