How Much Does a Mohel Charge for Brit Milah?
The Brit Milah is a sacred ritual for Jewish parents to welcome their newborn son into the covenant of Abraham. While the father is responsible for performing the circumcision, he may appoint a mohel to perform the procedure on his behalf. But how much does a mohel charge for this service? We will discuss the cost of a mohel and some factors that may affect it.
The Code of Jewish Law mandates that the father must perform the circumcision on his son. However, in most cases, fathers lack the necessary skills and knowledge to perform the procedure, so they appoint a mohel as a surrogate. According to Jewish law, a mohel should not refuse to perform a circumcision if a family cannot afford to pay for it. In fact, most mohels are eager to perform the procedure even if there is no payment (The Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch), Yoreh De’ah 260:1 and 261:1; Rabbi Moses Isserles' gloss on the Code of Jewish Law).
Customarily, many mohels do not ask for any specific amount and leave it to the family to decide how much to pay.
Some mohels may have other sources of income, but they should not say that their services are free. Instead, they should let the family know that they can pay whatever they can afford (Poskim).
Mazel Tov on the birth of your new child!
May you merit bringing him into the covenant of Abraham.
Rabbi Nechemia Markovits will not ask for any specific amount to do a Bris Milah, leaving it up to the family to decide how much to pay and will not refuse to do a Bris Milah because of a person's inability to pay.
Rabbi Markovits will be honored to perform the Bris Milah at minimal or no charge. “As he firmly believes that ensuring that the newborn son undergoes a Kosher Bris in accordance with Jewish Law is of the utmost importance, payment is regarded as secondary to this sacred duty".
Calculating the Cost
When calculating the cost of a mohel, keep in mind that many mohels do this for a living. It is customary to add any travel costs that the mohel may have incurred. The standard cost of a professional, certified mohel ranges from $800 to $1500.
Why Paying for Mohel Services is Important?
The father paying for the mohel's services is essential because he is fulfilling his obligation under Jewish law. When the father pays for the mohel's services, it is considered as if he has performed the mitzvah himself. In fact, it is even more significant than delegating the mohel as a surrogate (Rabbi Y.D. Weissberg, Otzar Habrit 3:6).
Rabbi Markovits Fee
Rabbi Markovits would be honored to perform the Jewish Bris Milah at a minimal or no charge, If the parents are unable to afford the cost. As he firmly believes that ensuring that the newborn son undergoes a Kosher Bris in accordance with Jewish Law is of the utmost importance, payment is regarded as secondary to this sacred duty.
n conclusion, the cost of a mohel for the Brit Milah may vary depending on the mohel's expertise, location, and travel costs. It is important to remember that the father paying for the mohel's services is significant because he is fulfilling his obligation under Jewish law. While some mohels perform the procedure at minimal or no charge, it is customary to pay a professional, certified mohel for their services (Rabbi Y.D. Weissberg, Otzar Habrit 3:6).