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Family-Related Mitzvos

45: Circumcision

"At the age of eight days every male child shall be circumcised" (Bereishis 17:12).

A healthy male child is circumcised at eight days old, even if that day is Shabbos. This mitzvah was the first one given to Avraham Avinu. It is so great that it is called "bris," a covenant, thirteen times. (There are two other mitzvos that are also called "bris" - Shabbos and Torah.)

There are only two positive commands which carry the penalty of kareis (a severe punishment of being spiritually "cut off")if not fulfilled: bris milah and korban Pesach. Bris Milah is the individual's physical bond to Hashem, while the korban Pesach is similar communal attachment of the nation to Hashem.

Bris milah is so great that it is equal to all of the other mitzvos in the Torah (Nedarim 32a).


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 

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