August 17, 2011
Mohel performs 4,500th brit
A mohel in Ukraine performed his 4,500th ritual circumcision.
Rabbi Yaacov Gaissinovitch, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary who also is a medical doctor, officiated at the landmark circumcision last week, the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk announced.
Gaissinovitch has served as a mohel for 13 years and often is required to travel throughout Ukraine and Moldova to perform a brit, according to Chabad.org. He sometimes performs five ritual circumcisions a day.
Chabad.org reported that Gaissonovitch once performed 22 in a day at a Jewish summer camp in Dnepropetrovsk—with parents’ permission.
“All the Jews of Dnepropetrovsk, as well as all the Jews of Ukraine … wish him and his wonderful wife, Lisa, a long life, success, good health, great joy from his family and his children, and the continual blessings of the Almighty,” read the statement.