Why Choose a Mohel:
Doctors vs. Ritual Circumcision

Traditionally, parents engage a professional mohel to perform the bris. A mohel is a person who is specially trained in the medical and surgical techniques of circumcision. An experienced mohel's expertise is held in such high esteem that doctors and surgeons frequently seek a mohel's guidance and advice when dealing with very serious and difficult cases. Mohels are also sought by the non-Jewish community for their expertise in circumcision, as they perform the procedure in a much more rapid and less painful manner than the standard hospital or doctor's office procedure. Someone who functions as a full time mohel is a specialist in his field and performs many more circumcisions than doctors.

In addition to being proficient in the performance of circumcision, the mohel is also thoroughly versed in the Jewish laws pertaining to bris milah. A doctor's medical circumcision, usually performed in the hospital within the first few days after birth, does not fulfill the requirements of a bris milah and is not considered valid according to Jewish law. The bris should be performed by a Jewish person who understands, upholds and practices the tenets of the Jewish religion and is specially trained as a mohel.

One can not underestimate the importance of feeling comfortable with the personality of the mohel you choose, someone who will be accommodating to the specific needs of your family. You must also feel confident in his ability to perform the bris with utmost expertise and precision.

Rabbi Rapapport is a mohel who has excelled in every aspect of the bris milah procedure and ceremony for close to 30 years. Pediatricians, obstetricians and urologists throughout the United States constantly marvel at his work and, often, when viewing the aesthetically pleasing results of a bris, they have remarked, "this must be a Rappaport bris!"