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Obligation to Attend a Bris

Is there a halacha that says if one is invited to a bris he must attend?


The Rema (Yoreh De’ah 265) writes that somebody who refrains from attending the se’udah (festive meal) of a bris is considered “excommunicated from Heaven.”

For this reason, the Pischei Teshuva (265:18) cites that one should not invite others explicitly to the se’udah.

However, somebody who can’t attend for reasons of being occupied — at work, or for another pressing cause — does not have to be concerned for this.

See also Otzar Ha-Bris no. 163.

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