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2 Cheshvan 5766

Status as a Jew


Rabbi Jonathan Blass

Question:
Although my mother is Jewish, I did not have a bris (my parents were not observant). Should I decline full participation in services such as receiving aliyot
until I have a bris milah?

Answer:
The question should be a theoretical one (it is discussed in Tzitz Eliezer XI 9, Sridei Aish I 11 and Iggrot Moshe Orach Chayyim II 33) because you should not delay your brit milah for anything but serious medical reasons. It is time to rectify the wrong.

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