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August 17, 2011

Mohel performs 4,500th brit

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Brit Milah. Photo by Chesdovi

Brit Milah. Photo by Chesdovi

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.

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