Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

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.


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Emunah: Keeping the Faith
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Genuine Kindness
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5765

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

> Avraham's Strange Reaction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

The Mind
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

There is a Builder
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Perfect Covenant
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Bris Milah: Mark of Distinction
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Every Drop Matters
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Treaty
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Don't Walk in Front of Me (Anymore)
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Take the Initiative!
Shlomo Katz - 5774

ArtScroll

Ask for Spiritual Wealth
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Lech Lecha
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Count Us If You Can
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

You Shall Live by Them
Shlomo Katz - 5758



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