In the Book of Genesis as a mark of the Covenant between God and the descendants of Abraham: "Throughout all generations, every male shall be circumcised when he is eight days old. This shall be my covenant in your flesh, an eternal covenant".
In Leviticus: "God spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the Israelites: When a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy on the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised."
Biblically, the infant's father (avi haben) is commanded to perform the circumcision himself. However, as most fathers are not comfortable or do not have the training, they designate a Mohel as a delegate. The Mohel is specially trained in circumcision and the rituals surrounding the procedure. All Mohelim are required to receive appropriate training both from the religious and medical fields.
By having the Bris performed by a qualified Mohel one is assured that the entire procedure is acceptable to Biblical and Halachic (Jewish law) standards, and performed in a most medically competent manner.
Traditionally, religious circumcision of new-born boys have been performed without any form of painkillers or anaesthetics and the Mohel uses a knife and not a scissor to circumcise the new-born. Glass was never and is never used. Today, some surgeons use a perforating clamp before they cut the skin. However, Orthodox Mohelim have rejected perforating on a baby with clamps, arguing that this method causes a great amount of unnecessary pain to the new-born, which according to Jewish law is dangerous to the child and strictly forbidden.
I am prepared however to use a combination of techniques to reduce the trauma of the procedure if the parents wish. An actual straightforward circumcision takes less than a couple of minutes and the baby usually settles down quickly afterwards.
Straight after a Jewish circumcision the Mohel may give the baby sweet red wine (Sweet Kiddush wine is ideal). This is very effective in calming the baby. The Mohel will also say some Brochot (blessings), during which time he will name the baby with a Jewish name that the parents will have chosen prior to the circumcision.
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