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How Much Does a Mohel Cost?

 

  • Jewish law states clearly that it is incumbent upon the father to circumcise his son by himself. However, most fathers cannot do the circumcision by themselves, and therefore appoint a surrogate, an expert mohel, to perform the circumcision, the brit milah, on their behalf.  (The Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch), Yoreh De’ah 260:1 and 261:1.)

  • Recognizing the difficulty this extra expense could cause, Rabbi Moses Isserles writes in his gloss on the Code of Jewish Law that the mohel should not refuse to perform a circumcision if someone does not have the funds to pay for it. He adds that, in fact, mohels are generally enthusiastic to circumcise a child even if there is no payment.  (Ibid. 261:1.)

  • For this reason, it is the custom among many mohels not to ask for any specific amount, leaving it in the hands of the family to decide how much to pay.

  • While there are some circumcisers who have income from other sources, Poskim (Jewish legal authorities) suggest the mohel should not say that the service is free, and should let the family know that they can pay whatever they can afford.

  • A reason why the circumcision should not be done free of charge might be explained by the requirement, mentioned above, that the father actually do the bris milah himself. When the father pays for the services of the mohel, it is considered as if he actually did the mitzvah himself, even more than if he were to just delegate the mohel as a surrogate. (See Rabbi Y.D. Weissberg, Otzar Habrit 3:6.)

  • When calculating how much to pay, keep in mind that today many mohels do this for a living. In your calculation, you should add any travel costs that he may have had.

  • The standart cost of a proffessional expert Certified Mohel is $800 - $1200.

  • Rabbi Markovits will be honored to perform the Bris Milah at minimal or no charge. “The most important thing is that your son should be circumcised; payment is secondary.”

 

 

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 circumcision (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. “The most important thing is that your son should be circumcised; payment is secondary.”

 

Congratulations! You have chosen to use Rabbi Nechemia Markovits as the Mohel to perform the circumcision for your son. 

 

  1. Please submit the information form [here]

  2. 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 .

  3. Upon the birth your child please contact Rabbi Markovits to finalize plans.