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  • Writer's pictureRav Hayim Leiter

The World’s Stumbling Stone

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

“Can we push off the Bris until we move back to Israel?”, the father of the baby asked me a few months ago. “Unfortunately, no. But why do ask?” I replied. “It’s not easy here in Germany. Brit Milah is frowned upon and if there’s an emergency after the mohel has left, it will be a very uncomfortable situation,” he told me. We conversed for a short time and I assured him that if he flew me in, there would be little chance of that eventuality. My technique results in much less bleeding and quicker recovery. Plus, I would stay until the next day to make sure that all was well. And so it was settled, I was going to Hamburg.

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