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Question 21.1.4:
Entering the Covenant: When is the circumcision done?


The circumcision is done the eighth day after birth, unless ill health or serious medical problems prevent it. Even Shabbat does not stop a Bris. If such a child is not circumcised, he is nevertheless considered a Jew [San. 44a; Hoffmann, Melamed Leho-il, Yoreh De-a, #79]. However, if there are no medical contraindications (e.g. hemophilia), it is incumbent for the individual to arrange for their circumcision when medically safe to do so.

There are quite a few customs associated with circumcisions:

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