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mohel

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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊ(h)(ə)l
 
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Definition of mohel in English:

noun (plural mohels, mohelim, or mohalim)

A Jew who performs the rite of circumcision.
Example sentences
  • The ceremony takes place in the home and is usually performed by a mohel, an observant Jew who may be a rabbi, doctor, or simply one skilled in the technique.
  • The procedure is performed by a mohel - a person who has mastered the set of Jewish laws regarding circumcision and received extensive practical training.
  • The child is taken from the mother, and the operation, performed by the mohel, is a predominantly male affair (it is the father's duty to arrange it).

Origin

mid 17th century: from Hebrew mōhēl.

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