noun (plural mohels, mohelim, or mohalim)
A Jew who performs the rite of circumcision.
- 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).
Mid 17th century: from Hebrew mōhēl.
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