‘Mohel’ is a term used for denoting a Jewish man, who performs the ritual called Brit Milah. This ritual is done on a baby boy eight days after his birth. This rule is generally followed by the Jewish people, but if the baby is not healthy to undergo the ritual after 8 days of his birth, it will be postponed. This ritual can be called as ‘Covenant of circumcision’ and so the person performing it is called as ‘circumciser’. According to the actual ritual, the responsibility of performing this task remains with the father of the baby. But, as most of the fathers will be uncomfortable or do not know how to perform it safely, Mohels are offered with the right to act as the substitute of the father since they know how to perform the ritual safely.A Jewish Mohel is trained to perform the task according to the principles outlined in the rabbinic texts. Some years ago, they were only getting religious training for performing it, but nowadays most of them get medical training so that the ritual will not cause any harm to the infant on whom it is performed. Even, Jewish permit some women to perform this ceremony and these women are called as Mohelot.
In Jewish the term is spelled as “Mo-yell” and traditionally, a Jewish Mohel used knife for performing this ceremony on little babies. But, nowadays since they are medically trained, they make use of perforating clamp for doing it. This is known to quicken the time of recovery for the little ones. However, Orthodox Mohalims are rejecting this new method stating that it will cause unnecessary pain on the baby and it will completely cut-off the blood flow.
According to Jewish law, Mohels should suck the blood from the wound created due to circumcision. Most of them do it with hand by using a suction device, but traditional people make use of mouth to sucking the blood after the foreskin is cut.
Nowadays, most of the Jewish parents living in foreign nations prefer a person, who is both medically and traditionally trained for performing this ritual. These professionals suggest that it is better to feed the baby at least one hour before the ritual and the mom and the baby are recommended to arrive at least half-an-hour before performing it. They also suggest that immediately after performance of Brit Milah, the baby will feel hungry and so it is better that bottled milk should be kept ready for the baby.