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Judaism and circumcision

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    Registered Users Posts: 5,069 ✭✭✭ Snickers Man

    I have a question which I want to ask genuinely because I want to know the true answer. I do not intend to initiate a load of off-colour jokes or dismissive comments.

    But if a male adult Gentile wanted to convert to Judaism, say to smooth the way to marrying a Jewish woman, would he be required to undergo circumcision if he had not already done so?

    And if he did, could it be done surgically under anaesthetic, a procedure that is sometimes required for medical as opposed to any religious reasons, or would it have to be a ceremonial event administered by a mohel?

    I am genuinely curious. I do not intend passing any comments other than thanks on receipt of a knowledgeable answer.