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Why did Eliezer touch Avraham's thigh when he made an oath?

Question: Why did Abraham have his house servant take an oath by putting his hand under his thigh? What did the thigh symbolize? Thanks, Todd G....

What is the Jewish name equivalent of...?

English/secular names don't have automatic or fixed Jewish equivalents. There are four methods people usually use to choose a Jewish name...

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

Question: Hi! I wondered why the brit milah is done on the 8th day after a baby is born? What is special about day #8? Thanks, James L. Answer: The Torah...

Why is there a chair for Elijah at a Brit?

It is customary at a Brit to set aside a chair for Elijah the Prophet who is called the "Angel of the Brit".1 He attained this honorable...

Why does a mohel suck the blood after circumcision?

This practice is part of the ritual of circumcision and it is called "Metzitza". The source for Metzitza at a Brit is from the...

Why was Moses born circumcised?

The Torah uses the expression "uncircumcised" for four human organs: the male procreative organ, the ears, the heart, and the mouth. These...

Why can't a Brit take place at night?

We do not perform a Brit at night because the Torah says1 ”and on the eighth DAY, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised”. From this...

What time of the day is appropriate for a circumcision?

Technically, the brit can be held any time between sunrise and sunset. However, "Zrizin makdimin l'mitzvot"1 (rough translation:...

What is the function of the kvatter?

Kvatter is the Yiddish name for the person who carries the newborn baby to the room where the circumcision will be held. The kvatter hands the child to the...

What is the most common reason for the postonement of a Brit?

The most common reason for postponing the brit is a condition called Jaundice, where the infant’s skin and eyes have a yellowish appearance. The...