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  • Writer's pictureRav Hayim Leiter

The New Yorker's Botched Circumcision Article

Updated: Jun 16, 2023


I just performed a Brit Milah; It was far from my first and, please God, it won’t be my last. In fact, it wasn’t even my first with this family. I was honored to be the baby’s brother’s mohel five years ago. This event, much like the previous one, was moving for all those in attendance, whether physically or virtually. The father of the baby, who is a talented musician, had written a nigun (a wordless melody) the morning the baby was born, and he began the ceremony by playing it on the guitar, as we joined with him in song. Once the singing came to a close, the baby was gently placed in the lap of the Sandak who lovingly held him during the procedure. The group continued singing nigun after nigun as the baby was brought into the covenant with God and received his name. There were tears of joy and smiles all around. “Mazal Tov” could be heard echoing off the Judaean Hills.


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Richard Angell
Richard Angell
16 dic 2022

Almost one year later... 6 September 2022, Israel

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-716445

Israeli baby requires complex surgery after circumcision gone wrong 6 September 2022, Israel https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/baby-hospitalized-after-apparent-botched-circumcision/

Baby hospitalized after apparent botched circumcision 8 September 2022

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/circumcision-injuries-include-more-than-botches/ Circumcision Injuries Include More Than ‘Botches’

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JR Chernov
JR Chernov
27 feb 2022

"But his grievances are not with Brit Milah itself, but rather with the Soviet Government." What utter nonsense. It was not the Soviet government that forced Shteyngart to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure at the age of seven but rather a mohel who was able to circumcise him against his will because, in the United States, we make male circumcision the only form of surgery that can be performed on a child without medical indication simply because parents want it done for cultural or religious reasons.

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