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Is one permitted to schedule a bris for the evening of the 8th day? Why is the custom to have the bris shachris of the 8th day as opposed to the evening before which is also the 8th day?Wouldn't the evening before seem more apropos under zrizim makdimim limtzvos?

The Halacha is that a Bris should be done during daylight . Rav SR Hirsch explains that this is to show that we do this mitzvah publicly with no reserve or shame despite some who would paint it as barbaric. Because we see it as the completion of man physically and spiritually, we fulfill it in full view of the world. [ED. Note: As we prepare to launch our new site, BJL will be partnering with the Star-K on Ask the Rabbi and Kashrus Questions. Rabbi Ari Storch is no longer answering these. This question has been answered by a Star-K Rabbi]

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Eating in Succah First Night

Eating in the succah in the first night is an obligation,  and one needs to eat in the succah bread, at least a k'zayit1  even if one is uncomfortable (because of the weather) one is obliged to eat in the succah.  If rain is falling  and one believes it will cease after one hour or two hours,  one should wait and afterwards make kiddush and eat in the succah as is proper.  If one sees that the rain will not stop  or one waited and it did not stop,  one makes kiddush in the succah (including) the ''...who has kept us in life...'' blessing,  and intends by ''...who has kept us in life...'' to also include the succah.  However, one does not bless ''to dwell in the succah''  washes one hands and blesses ''who brings forth bread''  and eats a k'zayit of bread without a break,  then goes to the house and finishes his meal.  One should intend at the time of washing the hands  and while blessing ''who brings forth bread''  that he intends to eat also in the house.  If the rain stopped before one said grace (after the meal),  one should return to the succah,  bless ''to dwell in the succah''  and eat about a little more than a ''k'beitzah''2 of bread,  then say grace after meals.  If the rain stopped after he said grace after meals,  he also goes (out) to the succah,  washes his hands a second time,  eats a little more than a ''k'beitzah'' of bread  with the blessing ''to dwell in the succah''  and then says grace after meals.  If, in his succah, even after the rain have stopped  water is still dripping from the covering,  and there is a succah in his neighbourhood  which had a closed roof  and after the rain, was opened up,  he goes there and eats bread with a joyful heart. (KSA 135:3)
 1) The amount of an olive, about 1 oz or 28 gm.
 2) lit; the size of an egg. About 86 to 100 ml, or about two thirds of a slice of regular sliced white bread or three quarters of a regular square machine matzah (''Halachot of K'zayit'' by Rabbi Y. Bodner).