Initial Consultation - Putting You At Ease
You can easily schedule an introductory call with me via my website. My goal in our first conversation will be to learn about you and your family. In particular, I want to understand your hopes and aspirations for your son and his circumcision. I want you to feel at ease and to take all the time you need to ask your questions, voice any concerns and talk about the procedure in depth. I strive to give my clients all the information and support they need, to make informed and confident decisions for their child.
One of the biggest advantages of having a personal Mohel perform the circumcision for you is that I am not a faceless intern or doctor who simply carries out a procedure behind closed doors. I aim to be a trusted friend and advisor who accompanies and supports you throughout this highly emotional and meaningful time and beyond.
Initial Call to the Mohel
The ideal time to call a Mohel and have a conversation with him is as soon as you know it is a boy. The decision of whether to circumcise and whom to use for the procedure is a deeply personal one and you should do whatever possible to make that decision together in a peaceful, quiet moment. It is preferable to avoid the pressures of making the decision after or during birth, and I, therefore, encourage parents to call as soon as they know it is a boy.
Scheduling - Selecting An Opportune Time
Once you have decided to go ahead and have me perform the circumcision on your beloved son, we will set a mutually convenient day for the procedure to take place.
Please note that the earlier you let me know about your new arrival, the easier it will be for me to offer you your preferred date for the event. The Mohel is usually the third person parents contact to share the news of the baby’s birth.
In almost all cases, I prefer to circumcise babies after the eighth day (following birth). Not only has this practice been a long-standing tradition in Judeo-Christian families, it is also deemed a time when the newborn is out of danger and ready for this procedure. Additionally, performing the procedure at such a young age ensures there will be no recollection of the event in the future. It is quickly over, healed and forgotten!
The Procedure - welcoming your son Into the fold
My arrival - The big day has arrived. It's normal to feel nervous, excited and emotional. That's why I’ll arrive nice and early and make sure we have time to talk and connect before I begin.
Questions and chatting - We will spend some time going over the procedure so you feel informed, educated and are comfortable with it. I will also talk you through the aftercare process and make sure you have time to ask any questions.
Setting up - I’ll set up my tools in accordance with my exacting standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
Prayers - I offer to say a short prayer for your son’s well being and that of your family. The content of the prayer and your wishes for the spiritual aspects of the event can be discussed in our initial phone conversation. The prayer can be found below.
Circumcision - The circumcision procedure itself takes less than two minutes. That really is it! Now you can breathe….
Reassurance - Don’t worry, I don't just pack up and leave afterwards. I’ll stick around to ensure everything is ok and to reassure you all. Once everyone is happy and confident, I’ll say my goodbyes but I’ll be at the other end of the phone line if you need me!
NO Vitamin K! No Unnecessary Medication
Many of my clients do not like to administer medications to their infant son unnecessarily.
A common practice in hospitals is to give babies a Vitamin K shot before the circumcision to enhance clotting and reduce blood loss. Since I usually only circumcise after the eighth day when a babies clotting mechanism is already working, my babies seldom require a Vitamin K shot. For many parents, this a distinct advantage for choosing a traditional approach. (If there is a hereditary blood clotting disorder in your family, it is imperative that you share the information with me)
Aftercare and Follow Up - With You All The Way!
After the circumcision is done, you will not be left to deal with the care on your own!
Before I leave, I guide you through the aftercare process and make sure you know what to look out for. I’ll also make myself available to you on the phone and by text message and I encourage you to reach out to me with any and every question or concern.
Even if I don't hear from you, I’ll get in touch after a day or two to see how you everyone is doing.
I pride myself on the level of genuine care and concern I offer the families I work with as well as my friendship and availability even after the procedure is over.
I Come To You - In the Comfort of Your Home
It is my sincere belief that the ideal location to perform a baby’s circumcision is at home. One of the reasons I enjoy performing a circumcision in the family’s own home, is that it is a much more peaceful and calm situation for baby and parents alike. The contrast between a hospital circumcision and a home-based one is stark. I feel privileged that I can travel to you and be with you in your own home and offer a warm, personalized and caring service that is a far cry from the clinical coldness of a hospital setting. There is much to be said about giving the mother an opportunity to nurse her son at home immediately after the circumcision. I feel strongly that after a circumcision, a baby should be able to rest in his own bed rather than suffer the discomfort of being transferred in a car-seat from the clinic back to the home.
Prayer for Your Child and Family on the Day of Circumcision
May it be your will Hashem our father in heaven, that you bring down a string of kindness over this young child
May he be well and healthy to successfully undergo his circumcision.
May the procedure go well without any complications.
May no danger befall this young child
Send to this child and to his mother a speedy and complete recovery, like that of Hizkiyahu from his illness and Miriam the Prophetess from hers
And May this boy be healthy and well throughout his lifetime.
May he be beloved above and appreciated below.
Bless his parents with the wisdom and the patience to guide and educate him in the path of goodness; and to build him with a strong healthy sense of self worth.
And may he walk in the path that they set for him.
Enable all of his family to participate in his celebrations, and may they merit to one day walk him down the aisle of his marriage.
May he always be involved in kindness and good deeds.
May the love that these parents feel for each other only continue to grow and expand and may their marriage be filled with
peace and tranquility,
happiness and song,
delight and gladness,
And may their commitment and love to each other only grow and grow.
Merit his parents to educate children and grandchildren, who are
wise and intellectual,
who love good and who fear Heaven,
people of truth, who cling to the word of God. Children who light up the world with good deeds and acts of Godly service.
Bless this beautiful home to be a place
of sanctity, and Harmony,
a Tabernacle of peace.
Here, may God rest His spirit. Here may friendships develop.
Under this roof may kindness grow and may the happiness spread.
May this home only be filled with laughter serenity and blessings
May we merit to see peace in Israel and peace in the world
Please hear my supplication at this moment.
Blessed are you Hashem, the One who hears our supplications
Prayer for One’s Wife during Her Labor
May it be your will, God in heaven, that out of Your loving kindness grant Your mercy and love towards by beloved wife (add her name) who is now going through labor and in intense pain.
God who is full of mercy may You take her out from her darkness to the great light. I hereby accept upon myself to send charity to the land of Israel and In this merit and in the merit of my wife’s kindness, may you redeem her into a place of blessing and light.
May our child be born into this world alive healthy and well. Just as you listened to the prayers of King David during his times of distress so too may You hear and listen to my prayer at this moment. I give thanks to you for all that you have done for us in the past. Blessed are you God the one who hears our supplication.
“What is very memorable to me is the way Rabbi Levy can make the setting so peaceful.”
“We deeply appreciated the time that Rabbi Levy dedicated to us prior to the ceremony. We met on several occasions so that Rabbi Levy could explain in detail the whole process”
- Brad and Jayme
“We had Rabbi Levy perform our son’s circumcision and we couldn’t be happier with the experience and the results. He explained the procedure to us in great detail, and was very meticulous during the entire process. When it was completed, he stayed a while and made sure our son was comfortable and everything looked good. We’ll definitely call him again if we have another boy”
– Matt and Kristy