Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Shulchan-Aruch

Part II: Yoreh De'ah

Chapter 20 - CIRCUMCISION

A father is commanded to circumcise his sons (260:1). If he does not do it the court must have it done; if they do not, the boy himself must have it done when he becomes an adult (261:1).

A healthy boy is circumcised on the eighth day, counting the day of his birth as the first day (262:1,3). The day begins at nightfall and the birth is regarded as taking place when the head comes out; see 262:4-7. The circumcision is not valid if it was done earlier or was not done in the daytime; see 262:1. A sick boy is not circumcised until he gets well; see 262:2 and 263:1. If two boys in a family die as a result of circumcision, other boys born into that family must not be circumcised until they grow up; see 263:2-3. If a boy was born without a foreskin or was circumcised invalidly, a drop of blood must be taken from him (see 262: 1;263:4;264:1). If a boy dies before being circumcised it is done when he is buried; see 263:5 and 353:6.

The circumciser must be an observant Jew and should preferably be an adult male; see 264:1. Circumcision may be done with any non-fragile cutting instrument, but an iron knife is preferable (264:2). Circumcision consists of cutting the foreskin, peeling it back and causing the cut to bleed (264:3-4). After circumcision the glans should not appear to be covered; see 264:5-6.

The circumciser first recites the blessing "...Who commanded us about circumcision" and the father immediately recites the blessing "...Who commanded us to bring him into the covenant of our father Abraham"; see 265:1-2,5. On special classes of children see 265:3-4; on other details of the ceremony see 265:1,6-12.

Circumcision is performed even if it involves removal of signs of leprosy (266:1). Circumcision on the eighth day is performed even on a Sabbath or holiday (see 266:2-9,14; on special classes of children see 10-13). On circumcision on a fast day see 265:4,13.

Shulchan Aruch, Copyright (c) 2000 ProjectGenesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

What a Deal!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Raising Children: The Secret of Success
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Who By Fire, Who By Water
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

ArtScroll

Worlds Apart
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Maybe
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Sign of the Olive
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Before It Rains
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Coming to Terms with the World to Come
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

> Of Showers, Towers, and False Powers
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Faxs vs. Kidney Stones
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

“Live & Let Live?”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Dissections and Connections
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Saved From a Rainy Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

The Name of HASHEM
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Immorality Around Us
Shlomo Katz - 5759



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information