What is the difference between a Brit Milah and a circumcision?
A Berit Milah includes the rituals, prayers, and family involvement which help to welcome your son into the Jewish faith, in addition to the medical procedure. A circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin.
What kind of ritual Berit Milah training have you had?
In 1987, I completed coursework about the Berit Milah rituals and religious meanings, sponsored by the Reform Movement (this particular opportunity was only open to individuals who were already certified to perform circumcisions). Subsequently, I completed additional training, sponsored by the Conservative Movement, which shared the same focus.
How often do you perform circumcisions?
I perform circumcisions all the time, occasionally, more than one in a day. 2,000 and counting!
Why it is beneficial for a Mohel to also be a medical doctor?
This is a very popular question. In my opinion, a medical doctor possesses surgical and medical skills beyond what is required for a Berit Milah. It is rare that these skills will be called upon, however, these skills are immediately available if the need arises. (Who does the Mohel go to if there is a problem? He goes to a doctor. In this case, the doctor is already there). As a Mohel-Doctor, I am always up to date with my technique in performing this and other medical procedures.
After our baby is born, what should we do?
Give me a call so we can set a time and date for the Berit Milah.
What supplies do I need for the Berit Milah?
Please refer to my Supply Sheet, which I will go over with you.
If I have twins, do I need two separate ceremonies?
If you are blessed with two boys, both babies will have a Berit Milah. Some parts of the ceremonies can be shared, while other parts remain individual. If you are blessed with one boy and one girl, your son will have a Berit Milah and your daughter will have a Berit Bat, the naming ceremony. This Berit Bat is included in my religious certification and I would be honored to do this as well.
Is there an option to change the ceremony?
Yes, the ceremony is in fact styled to accommodate your specific family needs. I welcome the request to create more opportunities for involvement of family and friends, while still incorporating the essentials.
What instruments do you use when performing the actual circumcision?
I use pre-packed, sterile, one-time use, medical precision instruments (the same ones that are used in the hospital). I use a Gomco clamp which is designed to shield, while giving a round incision as opposed to a flat incision.
What is the most important honor in the Berit Milah ceremony?
The most important honor in the Berit Milah ceremony is the Sandek. This is the person who gives the baby wine during the Bris. The grandfather of the baby usually takes this role, however, there is variability and choice with whom you would like to have this honor.
Who else should be honored?
Anyone you would like to honor is welcomed. You may want to include close friends, extended family, and/or even siblings. I work with every family to ensure that each Bris is a meaningful, life-cycle event – exactly how you pictured it for your son. See Participant Sheet.
Do you give a Bris certificate?
Yes! The certificate includes the baby’s name and date in Hebrew. It is presented framed and in color at the time of the Berit Milah.
After Care Questions:
What do you recommend for the after care of the circumcision?
Please refer to my Care Sheet, which I will go over with you.