Bris for Adult
At the age of 99, our forefather Abraham was commanded to circumcise himself, indicating that every Jew, no matter what his age, is obligated in the Mitzvah of Bris Milah.
If a Jewish male did not have a Bris at eight days old, he can still fulfill the Mitzvah and complete his Jewish identity later on in life.
Today, it is easier than ever to receive a proper circumcision that is safe and halachically correct.
Rabbi Markovits is also a Mohel for older children and adults. In the late 80's and 90's Rabbi Markovits was a Certified Mohel on the staff of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (F.R.E.E.) an organization that has coordinated and performed over 15,000 circumcisions for Russian Jewish immigrants.
Rabbi Nehemia Markovits uses local or general anesthesia, and the Bris - circumcision is done in a Clinic/Hospital operating room under the supervision of doctors and male nurses.
WHY AND HOW WOULD CIRCUMCISION BE BENEFICIAL TO MY SON?
Circumcision is a practice that has existed for over 3,700 years. History indicates that circumcision has been in practice because of the various health benefits involved. The principal advantages are: 1) Preventative health care – circumcision aids in the prevention of certain diseases, among them penile cancer. 2) Sociological benefits – boys feel more comfortable among their friends when they are circumcised like them. 3) Religious fulfillment – by having had a circumcision, the boy has fulfilled the Biblical commandment that all males be circumcised.
OUR SON IS NOW A TEENAGER AND HAS NOT YET BEEN CIRCUMCISED. CAN HE STILL HAVE IT DONE OR IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO HAVING THE CIRCUMCISION PERFORMED?
Circumcision is a procedure that can be performed at any age. There are various reasons for which teenage boys are circumcised. Among them are: 1) There are those parents who, when their son was young, decided against circumcision. Now when their son is a teenager, they rethink their opinion and decide that it is, in fact, in their son’s best interest that circumcision be performed. 2) In many instances, the boy himself decides that he wishes to be circumcised so as not to be different than the other boys in his social circle. All in all, teenaged circumcision is not an uncommon phenomenon.
WILL AN OLDER CHILD OR ADULT EXPERIENCE PAIN DURING AND FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE?
The child or adult is given local or general anesthesia and will, therefore, experience no pain throughout the procedure. Should he experience any post-circumcision discomfort, he will be administered the appropriate medications.
HOW LONG FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
Although the healing process varies by each individual, the average person is completely healed within 2 or 3 weeks. In fact, in most cases, once the procedure is done, no further care is necessary to aid in the healing process.
WILL INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF HAVING MY SON CIRCUMCISED?
If a doctor determines that the boy’s circumcision is medically necessary, the insurance will cover it. If, however, doctor determines it not to be medical necessary, meaning that the boys foreskin retracts completely and without restriction, resulting in no discomfort during erection, he will then conclude that the circumcision request is for cosmetic purposes only and insurance will, therefore, not cover it.
We suggest that you contact us in such a situation. We maintain a list of doctors who are advocates for the benefits of circumcision who will work with the insurance companies to accommodate your request. It is understood that the insurance companies look to avoid paying money where they can.
In the late 80's and 90's Rabbi Markovits was a Certified Mohel on the staff of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (F.R.E.E.) an organization that has coordinated and performed over 15,000 circumcisions for Russian Jewish immigrants. Photo Album
Mazel Tov on the birth of your new child! May you merit bringing him into the covenant of Abraham.
Congratulations! You have chosen to use Rabbi Nechemia Markovits as the Mohel to perform the circumcision for your son.
Many people contact the Mohel well before the baby is born in order to become familiar with the many details involved in a Jewish circumcision (Bris Milah) and ceremony.
Upon receipt of your information you will receive a "Bris-Milah package" which includes: Bris-Milah Parent Guide, forms to fill out and checklist of items that you will need to prepare for the Bris Milah .
Upon the birth your child please contact Rabbi Markovits to finalize plans.