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Is it the policy that men must be circumcised prior to conversion? My 8-year old son wasn't circumcised.

Answer By: 
Rabbi Mark Washofsky

Is it the policy that men must be circumcised prior to conversion? My 8-year old son wasn't circumcised. My husband is Jewish, I'm not. I would prefer for him to make his own decision when he is older, or when it can be done with a local anesthetic.

We are adopting a baby boy. We had him circumcised, but must he undergo a conversion ceremony to be Jewish?

Answer By: 
Rabbi Stuart Federow

My husband and I are in the process of adopting an African American baby boy. We had him circumcised by a doctor -- as he was already 2 months old, my husband was concerned about safety. Must he really undergo a conversion ceremony to be Jewish?

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