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How does a Shabbat Brit differ than a weekday one?



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A Brit is performed on the eighth day after birth, even if that day is Shabbat or a Jewish holiday. If, for whatever reason, the Brit is postponed and cannot be done on the eight day, or if the child was born through caesarean, the Brit may not be done on Shabbat or a holiday but rather on the very next weekday.

Only essential functions to the Brit itself may be done on Shabbat
If there is a doubt as to whether the baby was born on Shabbat such as between sunset and nightfall, the Brit has to be postponed to the day AFTER the following Shabbat.

All preparations of utensils and items needed for the Shabbat Brit must be done prior to Shabbat. Only essential functions to the Brit itself may be done on Shabbat. A competent Rabbi or Mohel should be consulted for more details.

In a community where there is no "Eruv" the brit is performed at home, for we cannot carry the baby out on Shabbat.

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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.
One who performs ritual circumcisions.
Eruv has multiple meanings. Most commonly the word is a reference to an enclosure which allows carrying on Shabbat in an area which would otherwise be considered a public domain.