Mohel Cuts Off Too Much, Baby’s Penis Maimed

A baby is circumcised. A horrible accident takes place and the mohel (ritual circumciser) accidently cuts off part of the baby’s penis. Ynet reports, dateline Bnai Brak, Israel:

…Following the bris and after the mohel (circumciser) had already left the building, the baby’s parents noticed that his diaper was soaked with blood.

The parents phoned the mohel, who advised them to call an ambulance immediately, seeing that the baby has already lost a lot of blood.

The parents told the Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the place that although their son was suffering from hepatitis, they insisted on holding the bris on time. They also admitted that they had a hard time finding a mohel who would be willing to conduct the circumcision.

Shai Pinchas, an MDA paramedic, said he searched the hall for the baby’s foreskin and the part of his penis that was cut off, and then brought them to the hospital in an ice bag.

"The baby was not in a serious condition and we brought him to the children’s ward at Sheba. I assume that the mohel had cut too much of his penis during the circumcision," Pinchas said.

Atypical, to be sure. But these parents should be brought up on child endangerment charges. And the mohel? I think he needs to find another line of work.

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7 responses to “Mohel Cuts Off Too Much, Baby’s Penis Maimed

  1. red

    I think this story is bullshit.there isn’t a mohel in the world who will circumsise a baby with hepatitis.the more chareddi the mohel,the longer they wait for the hepatitis to clear up.

  2. Anonymous

    who says that he knew the baby had hepititis?

  3. Anonymous

    I guess the mohel was hoping no one would notice the slip of the knife? The point of the story here is not that the parents are brainwashed to think the custom is more important than their baby’s health, which they are, but that the mohel would have to have been an idiot not to notice what he did – and yet he just walked out as if nothing bad had happened! That’s their morality for you. “Oops, I maimed this child for life – hopefully, they won’t figure it out until after I’m gone.”

  4. E

    This is badly translated. Hepatitis should read “jaundice”, a fairly common condition for newborns.

  5. Yochanan Lavie

    “And the mohel? I think he needs to find another line of work.”

    At the very least, he should get no tip.

  6. M Sofer

    if they will put it back, will the kid need another cut.
    btw, how was the metzitza.

  7. sdasd

    >”Oops, I maimed this child for life – hopefully, they won’t figure it out until after I’m gone.”

    That makes no sense. Mohels don’t disappear off the face of the earth after a brit. There are followup phone calls, perhaps a visit to check the how the baby is healing.

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