The Mohel

Traditionally, the parents engage a Mohel to perform the Bris. A Mohel is, in addition to being a religious officiant, a person who is specially trained in the medical and surgical techniques of circumcision.  In addition to being an expert in his field, the Mohel is also an expert in the Jewish laws pertaining to Bris Milah. A doctor’s medical circumcision, usually performed in the hospital within the first few days after birth, does not fulfill the requirements of a Bris Milah and is not considered valid according to Jewish law. The Bris must be performed by a Jewish person who understands, upholds and practices the tenets of the Jewish religion and is specially trained to function as a Mohel.

Rabbi Don Pacht

Rabbi Don Pacht was certified as a Mohel in Jerusalem, Israel by Rabbi Yosef Dovid Wiesberg, Chief Mohel and National Supervisor of Mohalim for the State of Israel. He holds Smicha (Rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, Memphis, Tennessee.  He also holds both  Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York and a Masters degree in Education from State University of New York, College at Brockport. In addition to being Head of School at Vancouver Hebrew Academy and a Mohel, Rabbi Pacht is active in the field of education at all levels.