Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Recently I was told that when one makes a Bris they should use the same Mohel they used for the older child. Is there a source for this? What is the reason?

share|improve this question
Maybe the same reason the same kohen takes the levi's aliyah in the absence of a levi — they might think he is invalid. – b a Jan 13 '13 at 2:30
@ba I had the same thought - you wouldn't want to imply that you were dissatisfied with the mohel's work! – yoel Jan 13 '13 at 3:04
I have had the same thought, however I can think of a difference, as it is not happening at the same time. In addition if that is the reason is there a source that implies that? – Gershon Gold Jan 13 '13 at 15:34
Whoever told you this did they give some sort of basis for it? – Yehoshua Jan 14 '13 at 14:14
@Yehoshua: no - hence the question – Gershon Gold Jan 14 '13 at 14:57
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Rabbi Yitzchok Sender Kuperman Z"L in a lengthy piece in HaPardes #68 Vol 3 concludes that there is really no problem switching and using a different Mohel if you have any reason. Reasons can include that the new Mohel is better, a relative, a Talmid Chacham, you owe him a favor, etc.

share|improve this answer
But not without a reason? – msh210 Jan 14 '13 at 19:53
However any reason seems sufficient. – Gershon Gold Jan 14 '13 at 19:54
Doesn't "the new Mohel is better" kind of negate the concern raised in the question and serve, effectively, as "no reason"? – Seth J Jan 14 '13 at 20:20
It seems to me that the concern raised is of no concern to Rabbi Yitzchok Sender Kuperman Z"L – Gershon Gold Jan 14 '13 at 20:22

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.