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Title: A Sandak's Chair from Mantua
Subtitle: An Historical, Minhagic and Artistic Evaluation
Author(s): PERUGIA-SZTULMAN, Gioia
Journal: Studia Rosenthaliana
Volume: 37 Date: 2004
Circumcision, the ceremony enjoined by God upon Abraham and his descendants, is one of the central precepts in Judaism, the first rite of passage in the cycle of Jewish life. The operation, performed on the male child on his eighth day (barring sickness or premature birth), symbolises his entrance into the community of the sons of Israel, guaranteeing the continuity of the Jewish people in general and of his congregation in particular.