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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April Rubin, MD

DC Mohel