Missionary In Jerusalem: Brissim Of 8-Yr.-Old Boys Weren’t Valid


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It’s a week and a half after the story of the missionary family in Jerusalem hit the headlines and while the account has unfortunately been eclipsed by the news of the Meron tragedy, the fallout of the story continues for some families.

According to a B’Chadrei Chareidim report on Tuesday, three Chareidi families who used  Michael, now revealed to be a non-Jew, for a mohel, are now dealing with the ramifications. Rav Tovia Singer of Jerusalem, who is experienced in these matters, is assisting the families.

“I know of at least three families,” Rabbi Singer told B’Chadrei. “One of them already carried out a new bris milah [drawing of a drop of blood], the other two are about to do it. I know of other families and I’m trying to contact them to explain what to do.”

Another issue is the fact that the mother of the family, also revealed as a non-Jewess, was buried at Har Hamenuchos after her recent death from cancer. According to B’Chadrei, relatives of niftarim buried next to her and people who purchased burial plots next to her plot are demanding that she be disenterred and reburied elsewhere.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. It may be a pain in the neck to fix the bris, but I hope he did not do gittin …

    Was it Chafetz Chaim or Netziv that recognized a Russian spy in the yeshiva by the fact
    that he was not moving appropriately during amidah (neshama like candle)

  2. Who says the mohel’s kavana matters? The mohel is the father’s shliach, and the father’s kavana was lesheim mitzvah; who says that’s not enough?

  3. It would be a real shame if something were to happen to Michael. I’m not threatening or advocating for action. I’m just saying it would be a terrible shame…