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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....

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 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 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...

Illuminating the reasons behind Jewish Law

Not infrequently we come across interpretations of Torah precepts in the light of rational thought and scientific discoveries. There has been a division...

Can I have a basic check list of supplies needed for the Brit ceremony?

A TallitBottle of WineKiddush cupPillowPillowcase (usually white)Blanket for childDiapers (at least 4)Antibiotic cream (Neosporin or Bacitracin, etc.)Gauze...

What is the order of the Brit ceremony?

During the brit it is customary to have lit candles in the room where the Brit is performed. Some have the custom to kindle thirteen candles, connoting...

Does the baby experience pain during the Brit Milah?

A common misconception is that the baby experiences a great deal of pain from circumcision. In truth, the performance of ritual circumcision is...