Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #01: The Source and Reasons for Brit Mila Brit mila is not only a significant milestone in the life of a Jewish male and his parents; it is central to the very relationship between God and the Jewish People. In this shiur, we discuss the source and various suggested reasons for this mitzva. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #02: Who is Obligated in Brit Mila? The Torah teaches that a male child should be circumcised on the eight day after birth. This commandment raises an interesting question: Who is obligated in this mitzva? In this shiur, we will discuss the nature of the father's obligation, as well as those of the child, beit din, and the mother. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #3: Who Can Perform a Brit Mila? In this shiur, we will discuss who is halakhically qualified to perform a brit mila. We will question whether a circumcision may be executed by a non-Jew, a woman, and an uncircumcised or non-religious Jew. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #04: Who May be Circumcised? In this shiur, we consider the question of to whom the mitzva of circumcision applies. Are Jews the only descendants of Avraham subject to it? What about the children of intermarriage or parents who have left Judaism? What about a righteous non-Jew? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #05: The Proper Time for a Brit Mila (1) Zerizin Makdimin Le-mitzvot and Delaying a Brit Mila She-lo Bi-zmanah Brit mila is a mitzva for the eighth day of a newborn boy's life, but does it matter when in the day the mitzva is performed? How do we measure the value of eagerly performing mitzvot with practical considerations that may also carry halakhic weight? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Proper Time for a Brit Mila (2) Brit Mila Performed at Night or Before the Eight Day What happens if a brit mila is performed before the eighth day? Does it matter if it was done on the eighth night? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Time for Brit Mila (3) Mila She-lo Bi-zmana Brit Mila After the Eight Day Once a baby has not been circumcised on the eighth day, when must the circumcision take place? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Stages of Brit Mila (1) The Mila In the first part of our examination of the stages of circumcision, we look at the question of what exactly the mitzva requires, anatomically speaking. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Stages of Brit Mila (2) The Peria The second stage of circumcision is peria, uncovering the glans. What does this entail, and is it possible to fulfill it at the same time as the initial mila? What philosophical significance does the act hold? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shields, Clamps and the Mogen In order to make circumcision less traumatic, a number of devices have been developed over the past century. However, their halakhic validity is a matter of some dispute among the authorities. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Hatafat dam brit: The Role of Drawing Blood at the Brit Mila When is one required to draw blood for the sake of brit mila? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Metzitza Ba-peh Although metzitza ba-peh appears in the Mishna, health concerns have been raised about this ancient practice, Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Use of Anesthesia During Circumcision Is anesthesia appropriate for ritual circumcision? Does it make a difference if one is a minor or an adult, or if one is born Jewish or in the process of conversion? Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Delaying the Brit Mila (1) A Sick Child and Jaundice In this shiur, we will discuss legitimate reasons to delay a brit mila beyond the eighth day after birth, including issues of doubt regarding the day of birth and health issues. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Delaying the Brit Mila (Part 2) Hypospadias In this shiur, we discuss another case in which the circumcision may be delayed due to medical concerns - the case of hypospadias. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Delaying the Brit Mila (Part 3) Hemophilia and Laser Circumcision In previous shiurim, we discussed illnesses and congenital conditions that may justify delaying the brit mila. In this shiur, we will briefly relate to the circumcision of a child born with a blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia, and whether in such a case the circumcision may be performed by a laser. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Brit Mila on Shabbat Cesarean Section, IUI and IVF, Forceps In this shiur, we will discuss why brit mila overrides Shabbat, what may be done on Shabbat, and cases in which the mila is not performed on Shabbat, including when the birth is through a C-section and possibly when the conception was not natural. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Brit Mila on Shabbat (2) A Child of Non-Religious Parents and Delaying a Brit due to Chillul Shabbat In this shiur, we will discuss whether a brit mila is performed on Shabbat if the parents are not Shabbat observant or if the brit will entail Shabbat violation on the part of the participants. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shalom Zakhar In this shiur, we discuss the Ashkenazic custom of holding a shlaom zakhar on the Friday night before the brit mila of a baby boy. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Night Before the Brit, the Kvatter, Kisei shel Eliyahu, and Sandak In this shiur, we discuss a number of practices related to the brit mila, including various customs regarding the night before the circumcision, as well as the process of bringing the baby to the brit mila, such as the kvatter and the kisei shel Eliyahu. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Berakhot on the Brit Mila (1) This week we will begin our discussion of the blessings said during the brit mila. We will discuss each berakha, its nature, and when and how it is recited. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky The Berakhot on the Brit Mila (2) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the berakhot recited at a brit mila, focusing on the berakha of koret ha-brit and the question of whether Shehechianu is recited at a brit mila. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Se'udat Brit Mila The Festive Meal Held in Honor of the Circumcision It is customary to hold a festive meal to celebrate the performance of the brit mila. This week, we will discuss the source and nature of this practice, as well as the custom of not explicitly inviting guests to the meal. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #01: Introduction to the Laws of Conversion In the introductory shiur of this course, we will summarize the topics and questions that we will address in our future discussions. These include the relevance of the motivation for conversion, preparation for conversion, the conversion process, circumcision, immersion in a mikve, the role of beit din, the necessity and extent of kabbalat ha-mitzvot, and the conversion of minors. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (2)
Rav David Brofsky Shiur #02: Is There a Mitzva to Accept Worthy Converts? The Tanach describes a number of individuals who converted, and rabbinic sources elaborate on this theme. In this shiur, we will analyze the question of whether there is a mitzva to convert an individual who wishes to join the Jewish People, based on examination of the sifrei ha-mitzvot and discussions regarding the berachot recited upon circumcision and conversion. Laws of Conversion and Circumcision (2)

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