Brit milah

Jewish religious male circumcision ceremony performed by a mohel on the eighth day of a male infant's life
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Brit milah is the Jewish ritual circumcision ceremony performed on eight-day-old male babies.[1] The foreskin is cut off from the end of the penis. The operation is carried out by a person called a mohel, a ritual circumciser, who has been trained and qualified for this task.This ceremony is important for many Jewish people as it is a symbol of the covenant that God made with Abraham.[1] A special role on a Bris have the Sandek (Godfather), he hold the baby at the ceremony[2] Some mohels then optionally suck the blood out of the area of the circumcision wound using their mouth which is called "metzitzah b'peh" and is a tradition among many followers of Judaism.[3][4] However this is known to possibly cause infectious diseases such as Herpes simplex.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Guide to Brit Milah/Bris Milah". Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. "What is the Role of Sandek at Bris Milah?". 22 April 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Safe Bris - NYC Health". Retrieved 2024-02-15.
  4. "What Is Oral Suction Circumcision and Where Does It Come From?". Haaretz. Retrieved 2024-02-15.