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Why can't a Brit take place at night?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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We do not perform a Brit at night because the Torah says1and on the eighth DAY, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised”.

From this verse the Talmud2 derives that a circumcision may be performed only during the day (not at night).

Also see What is a brit? & For what time of the day should we schedule our son’s circumcision?

Footnotes

  • 1. Leviticus 12:3.
  • 2. Megillah 20a.

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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Talmud
Usually referring to the Babylonian edition, it is a compilation of Rabbinic law, commentary and analysis compiled over a 600 year period (200 BCE - 427 CE). Talmudic verse serves as the bedrock of all classic and modern-day Torah-Jewish literature.
Brit
[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.