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  • Writer's pictureRav Hayim Leiter

Mending Old Wounds

Updated: May 21



My last Brit Milah was a complicated one. The father was raised in Israel, born to Jewish parents, while the mother had undergone a Reform conversion in the states. When they finally found me, they had already been turned down by many mohalim. No one wanted to touch it.  The couple was desperate to find someone to perform the Bris. I told them I’d be happy to do it but I couldn’t make any blessings. The problem was, under traditional law, this baby needed to be converted, while in the Reform community, he was 100% Jewish even if the mother hadn’t converted. This tension made me bow out when it came to making brachot.


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