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Insights on Circumcision

20 Facts About Jewish Circumcision Everyone Should Know
Circumcision on the eighth day of a baby boy’s life has been part of Judaism since the dawn of our peoplehood. Learn 20 facts about this ritual that is so central to Jewish life.
The Mark of Truth
A Compendium on Circumcision
G-d wants us to remove the foreskin ourselves. To demonstrate that as we complete the physical appearance of our bodies, so can we perfect the contours of our souls.…
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If It's There, Why Can't We See It?
A young Rebbe's insightful question
Why tell us that G‑d only reveals Himself to "a righteous Jew who decides at the age of 99 to circumcise himself"? What is the relevance of such a message to the average individual?
A Dialogue Between G-d and Abraham
Ishmael and Isaac were having it out. The topic: circumcision. “See here,” says Ishmael, “I am more precious in G-d’s eyes, since I was thirteen when I had mine done.” “I beg to differ,” answered Isaac. “I was eight days old. Now that’s gotta be way cooler.” But let’s face it. Ishmael has a point...
The Contrast Between Isaac and Ishmael
Why were Isaac and Ishmael circumcised at different ages?
Abraham’s two sons represents two radically different modes of relating to G‑d.
Three Gifts of Circumcision
Brit Milah carries the promise of three rewards: the divine presence, the land of Israel, and the royal House of David. What is the connection between these three gifts and the covenant of circumcision?
Babies who are stillborn are named, and in the case of a boy who did not make it to his circumcision, circumcised as well.
Circumcision is the first commandment given by G-d to Abraham, the first Jew, and is central to Judaism.
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