Israeli Repeats Bris Milah At Age 92


bashi-gabaiBashi Gabai of the central Israeli city of Or Yehuda underwent a proper circumcision last week at the age of 92, after learning that the procedure he had gone through when he was eight days old was not performed according to halacha.

This issue had been debated by circumcisers around the world for the past 18 months, after a random conversation provided by the chairman of the Bris Yosef Yitzchak organization, which specializes in circumcisions, revealed that Jews born in the Iranian city of Shiraz had undergone a “hatafas dam bris,” process (in which a drop of blood is extracted), but that their orlah was not fully removed as halachically required.

As the rumor about the problematic circumcisions spread, a father and his son were examined and pronounced uncircumcised about a year ago. As a result, the other men in their extended family were also examined and one of them was also pronounced uncircumcised. He decided to repeat the circumcision together with his brothers two weeks ago.

“After a short interview, one of the organization’s activists asked him if his father was still alive,” Rabbi Shimon Moshe Chai Rahamim, an expert mohel in the Bris Yosef Yitzchak organization, told Ynet. “He said yes, and so we sent an expert mohel to the father’s home in Or Yehuda who discovered that he was completely uncircumcised, as if he had never undergone the process.”

Bashi Gabai, the 92-year-old father, immediately agreed to undergo the proper bris, Rabbi Rahamim says.

The procedure was performed at a medical center in Bat Yam last week under local anesthesia. Bashi was fully conscious and his son-in-law served as his sandek.

The Bris Yosef Yitzchak organization has 5000 circumcisers and has performed about 62,000 brisos around the world so far. It is now particularly engaged in the issue of the problematic circumcisions in the city of Shiraz and its surroundings.

“Since the problem has been discovered, we have been encouraging Shiraz natives to have their circumcision examined,” Rabbi Rahamim says. “We discovered that the circumcisers there did not perform the procedure properly.”


{ Israel}


  1. If your mother had a reform conversion and you determine you wanted to be jewish, you would certainly have to become recircumcised.

    Otherwise, dot the I. This is not really in my feeling true religion to do a bris no matter what the complication of the original bris had been.

    Fidelity by increased eye, but worth by lost hope.

    I would think his bris was dormantly sound and that he did live his life in the covenant.

    We can not redo brises for the future.

    This hopefully will not start a movement, but if he feels better, it is for a blessing.

    Interestingly interesting story.

  2. @ Anonymous
    It’s nice of you to express your feelings about what “true religion” is. Unfortunately, true Jewish law isn’t determined by “feelings”.

    Only those scholars who are well versed and trained in the intricate laws of circumcision, can make authoritative assessments if a circumcision confirmed with Jewish Law.

    Sentiments aside, even with the best of intentions, errors do occur. Nevertheless, the person in question is considered to remain uncircumcised, with all its ramifications. If you don’t agree, the ask you local orthodox rabbi about it.

    The rabbis who researched the relevant subject are surely aware that it may be unpleasant to have to issue the ruling in question. However were they to obfuscate the issue on the basis of “feelings”, that would be an injustice to all those involved.