Friday, April 4, 2008

Halocho #87 - Bris Mila on Shabbat

This week’s Parsha - Tazria – begins with the Mitzva of circumcising all healthy baby boys on the 8th day of their life.

Even babies born on Shabbos get circumcised eight days later on Shabbos. However, whatever can be prepared beforehand cannot be done on Shabbos; the Mohel has to prepare his instruments, salves and bandages before Shabbos.

Babies born during twilight on Friday afternoon or Shabbos afternoon get circumcised on Sunday.

Babies born by C-section cannot be circumcised on Shabbos.

Source: Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 266

Reminder: Shabbos is “Parshat Hachodesh” and Sunday is Rosh Chodesh Nissan.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov,

- Danny Erev Shabbat “Hachodesh” - 28 Adar-2 5768


  1. hi
    can you give mor information about c-ection/ brith milah?
    thank you
    wishing you a shabbath shalom

  2. Hi

    I don't really have much more information. In Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah (Vol. 3) in siman 266, it clearly states that babies born by c-section (Yotze Dofen) may not get a Bris Milah on Shabbat.

    Otherwise C-section babies have the same laws as other babies and need to get circumcised on the 8th day, health permitting.

    Note that if a firstborn is a C-section baby then IIRC he doesn't get a Pidyon Haben.

    Chodesh Tov,

    - Danny