April Rubin, MD
Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Graduate, Jewish Theological Seminary Brit Kodesh
Brit for Adult Converts
Converts who have not previously been circumcised require brit milah. I perform circumcision on neonates -- boys up to eight weeks of age. Circumcision on males older than that is a more serious procedure requiring a urologic surgeon, often done in the operation room. In these instances it is preferable that the surgeon be Jewish and that a rabbi or mohel/mohelet be present to say the necessary prayers.
Boys and adult men converting to Judaism who previously have been circumcised require a procedure known as hatafat dam which entails drawing a drop of blood from the penis in front of two adult Jewish witnesses. This customarily occurs shortly before the individual immerses in the mikvah and goes before the beit dinh
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