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Why is a child circumcised on the eighth day of his life?


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Mrs. Shulamit Tilles: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

peanut: Hi.

peanut: Why is a child circumcised on the eighth day of his life? Is there a special reason for this?

Mrs. Shulamit Tilles: Eight is a super-natural number.

peanut: What do you mean?

Mrs. Shulamit Tilles: Circumcision is a special Mitzvah which connects a Jew with G-d, and this connection is above and beyond the natural order of the world.

peanut: Why is eight a super-natural number?

Mrs. Shulamit Tilles: Since the world was created in seven days, so seven is a number which represents the natural order of the world. Eight is one above that.

peanut: Toda raba.

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(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.