When does the Bris take place?
Under normal circumstances, the Bris is performed on the eighth day of the child’s life. For example, is he is born on Tuesday, the Bris is performed on the following Tuesday.
The Bris needs to be performed during the daytime. A Bris performed at night or before the eighth day is not considered a Bris.
On the Jewish calendar, the day changes at sundown. Tuesday evening after sundown is considered Wednesday. If there is a question as to whether the baby was born before or after sundown, we err on the side of caution, and consider him to have been born after sundown.
Sometimes there are circumstances that require the Bris to take place later than the eighth day. If, for example, there are health concerns, such as jaundice or insufficient birth weight, the Bris is postponed until after the baby is medically cleared for circumcision. In the event of a question, I will work with your pediatrician in determining the appropriate date for the Bris.
There are other circumstances that require/allow the delay of a Bris. I will be happy to discuss this with you.
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Please feel free to call me for more information.
If the baby has already been born, call at any hour of the day or night. If I can't take your call, it will go into voicemail. Sabbath calls (beginning at sundown on Friday) should be delayed until an hour after sundown on Saturday.