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Traditional Circumcision and Ceremony Rituals

Because circumcision is a sign of God’s covenant with Abraham’s offspring, it is revered in Judaism. A mohel is a Jewish newborn circumcision specialist with significant training in both medical and surgical circumcision procedures. The Jewish name for circumcision is “bris milah” (brit-milah), which literally means “covenant of circumcision.” He’s the one who’s had adequate circumcision training, both medical and surgical, as well as traditional ritual and ceremonies.

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How did it Start?

Abraham, a 99-year-old ex-shepherd who circumcised himself, as well as his sons Isaac and Ishmael after they were born. In ancient times, Fathers would circumcise their own son with a stone knife. The ceremonial rite was progressively taught to the mohalim, or properly trained males (plural for mohel). They used iron knives in removing the foreskin. They pronounce ritual blessings during the procedure, which are still in use today. The bris originated as a family gathering, but it grew into a community-wide event throughout time. Traditionally, the ceremonies were held in the synagogue.

Marked Contrast Between Doctor and Mohel

According to doctors and supporters of hospital circumcision, the procedure should only be carried out in a medical setting. If something goes wrong, such as serious bleeding, infections, or an accident, a hospital gives you options. The cost of circumcision, including the hospital and doctor’s costs, is typically covered by insurance. Due to the length of the procedure, hospital and doctor circumcisions need the delivery of neonatal anesthetic injections, which can be more painful than the procedure itself.


On the contrary, Mohel around the world are seasoned specialists in this field because circumcision is their main profession, they perform far more circumcisions than physicians. A mohel can circumcise a child faster and with less pain than a doctor. A bris can be performed quickly since mohels only use topical anesthetics or none at all, resulting in less trauma for the infant. Some are doctors, while others have worked in the sector as apprentices. The process is performed by the mohel at the synagogue or your home.

The Best Way to Find a Mohel

A mohel can be found through friends, relatives, an obstetrician-gynecologist, other synagogue members, or a rabbi. Once you’ve made a list, look for a mohel who shares your ideas and practices. While some mohels refuse to perform services for non-Jewish couples such as interfaith, same-sex, and other non-traditional relationships, others do. Others are bright and folky, while others are dark and formal. You can also clik here to find a mohel online.



Between sterility and convenience, as well as ceremony and tradition, the choice is yours. Some mohelim, like surgeons, take extra precautions to keep the environment sterile. It’s crucial to keep in mind that mohel training is not the same as regular doctor’s. You’ll have to make a rapid decision if you want to proceed with a mohel. A traditional bris is held on the eighth day of a baby’s life. To ensure that you receive the mohel you want, start preparing a month before the baby’s due date.

About Gigi

Gigi Collins is a food and culinary chef and a blogger who grew up with pizza. Gigi’s father owned a pizzeria served as Domino’s franchisee for many years and then helped other pizzerias with marketing. She made a newsletter about being a pizza advisor and discovered that people wanted to subscribe. That got Gigi considering expanding to a magazine.

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