Question:

Why do I need a Mohel? Why not a doctor?

 


Answer:

A Mohel is not only better trained than a doctor in the medical and surgical techniques of circumcision, but a Mohel is also trained in comforting techniques, minimizing and many times making it appear as if the child doesn't feel any pain or discomfort at all, during the Bris. A Bris done by a doctor, is a long and painful experience for both the mother and baby. Due to the lack of experience and patience, the doctor will have to use painful instruments such as clamps or hemostats to compensate for his lack of care to the comfort of the child. It should be noted, that the healing time is longer when done by a doctor. A doctor’s circumcision will not fulfill the requirements of a Bris Milah according to Jewish law, as the Bris Milah must be performed by a Jewish expert Mohel, who understands and upholds the Jewish tradition we accepted as a nation at Har Sinai.