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The appropriate time to call the mohel is shortly after the birth, or as early as


possible, so that he can observe the general health of the baby, and become aware of any negative medical circumstances which might delay the performance of the brit on time, allowing the parents to prepare for a postponement of the date of the brit if necessary.  

It is very important to inform the mohel of anything unusual in the state of the baby’s health from the moment of his birth until the day of the brit. Any changes: i.e., fever (even if it became normal after the one time), lack of appetite, secretions from the eyes, apathy; even if the parents are told in the hospital that there is no deterrent to a timely brit. The release papers from the hospital should also be shown to the Mohel.

It is very important and imperative! to advise the mohel of any genetic family medical problem such as hemophilia, or clotting problems and lack of G6PD (sensitivity to certain medications, etc.).

 

The brit is performed on the eighth day of the baby’s life, where the date of birth is counted as the first day.  For example, a baby born on Sunday has his brit on the Sunday of the following week (any time during the entire day).

For this purpose, the day begins from the evening before; more specifically, from the moment of sunset the new day begins [excluding Shabbat] and therefore when a birth occurs close to sunset it is advisable to check the clock at the actual moment of birth and not to rely on the time determined by the hospital staff, who do not always note the exact time, and to inform the Mohel, and determine the most suitable time for the brit together with the Mohel.

In any event, it is best to ask the mohel with respect to determining the timing of the brit.

 

A brit can be performed at any time during the day, until sunset; however, it is preferable to perform such an important mitzvah as early as possible in the morning, while of course taking into consideration the convenience of close family and friends.  

 

The halacha [Jewish law] is most scrupulous not to endanger the baby by performing the brit. Therefore, in any event of concern regarding the baby’s health or any risk to the baby’s health which might be caused by the brit, Jewish law dictates postponing the date of the brit until it can performed with complete safety to the baby. In some instances, under Jewish law, a waiting period of one week from the time the child has completely recovered his health may be required.

In no event should the parents rely on a medical release from the hospital to perform the brit without reporting to the mohel any unusual medical problem of the baby which became known.

 

A baby born by Caesarian section can undergo a brit on the eighth day as is customary, provided his health is satisfactory; excluding on Shabbat or Jewish holidays, in which case the brit is postponed to a weekday.  

 

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