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To Circumcise Or Not: That Is The Question

To Circumcise Or Not: That is the Question
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Many couples have questions when it comes to their son's circumcision (brit milah).

  • Why do Jews circumcise their sons
  • Is it safe?
  • Will my baby suffer?
  • Wouldn't it be easier on the baby to have the circumcision done in a hospital?
  • What happens at a circumcision?
  • Can my parents participate in the ceremony?
  • What if my parents aren't Jewish?
  • Where does a brit milah take place?

And the biggest question, for many interfaith couples, is whether or not to have their sons circumcised.

Let this booklet help you and your partner consider the various reasons, answers, approaches, and responses to circumcision. Share the information with your families so that they too may understand what this ritual entails.








Hebrew for "covenant of circumcision," a ritual for Jewish boys when they are 8 days old. It is commonly known as "bris," which is the Ashkenazi or Yiddish pronunciation of "brit."
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