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Brit Milah and Baby Naming

Brit Milah and Baby Naming

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 expecting a child in a few weeks. Is there something for girls that is equivalent to the bris ceremony for boys?

Answer By: 
Rabbi Bonnie Margulis

Traditionally, a brit milah is the ceremony whereby a Jewish boy is brought into the covenant. For a girl, there was a naming which took place in the synagogue, usually done by the father or grandfather coming to the synagogue and having a blessing said on behalf of the baby, who usually wasn't present. 

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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