Bashi 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.”