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When and Where to Perform Bris Milah: Guidelines for Jewish Parents

Are you a Jewish parent wondering when and where to have your baby's Bris Milah? This important Jewish Mitzvah is typically performed on the 8th day after a baby's birth, including the day of birth, even if that day is Shabbat any Jewish holiday, or Yom Kippur.  Here's what you need to know about scheduling and location.

Calculating the 8th Day

The 8th day is calculated to include the day of birth, starting from sunset on the previous day. For example, if your baby is born on a Sunday before sunset, the Bris Milah will be held the following Sunday. However, if your baby is born on a Sunday night after sunset, the Bris Milah is scheduled for the following Monday.

Daytime Only

It is important to note that a Jewish Bris may only be performed during daylight hours. For example, if your baby is born on a Tuesday afternoon, the Bris Milah would typically be scheduled for the following Tuesday, any time during the day. However, there is a tradition to perform the Bris as early in the day as possible.

Timing is Key

Performing the Bris Milah prior to the 8th day, or at night, is not in compliance with Jewish law and is not considered a valid Bris. It is essential to wait until the 8th day to ensure the validity of the Bris.

Special Circumstances

If your baby is delivered by cesarean section, the Bris Milah is typically performed on the 8th day. However, it cannot be performed on the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. In this case, the Bris Milah is delayed until the next weekday.

Location Options

While it is customary to have the Bris Milah performed in a Synagogue, it can also be held at home or any other suitable location that ensures complete safety for the baby.

In Conclusion

As a Jewish parent, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure the proper timing and location of your baby's Bris Milah. By adhering to Jewish law and tradition, you can ensure the validity and sanctity of this important ceremony.

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