What is the difference between a Bris and a circumcision?
A Bris 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 Bris training have you had?
In 1987, I completed coursework about the Bris 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.
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 Bris. 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 Bris.
What supplies do I need for the Bris?
Please refer to my Supply Sheet, which I will go over with you.
If I have twins, do I need two separate ceremonies?
Is there an option to change the ceremony?
What instruments do you use when performing the actual circumcision?
What is the most important honor in the Bris ceremony?
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.