Judy Fried Siegel MD
M O H E L E T
non religious circumcision
I respect every families choice to make this moment special in their own way. For some, gentle circumcision surrounded by loving parents without ritual is enough.
Some families that are not Jewish choose to have a Mohel or Mohelet perform compassionate circumcision in the comfort of their home.
My own view is that Brit Milah is a gateway moment for families to experience the wonder of being Jewish, be they traditional Jews, non-observant Jews or blended and multi-cultural. In this way, as a Mohel, I honor all types of families, and give them access to Brit Milah. I encourage families to incorporate some amount of relevent ritual, or develop new ritual, to mark the awe we feel at the miracle of birth.
Pain is not part of the covenant of circumcision. This baby has just had his circumcision, and is in the embrace of his loving family. He is calm and peaceful. I do not believe G-d wants babies to experience pain and my work reflects that belief.