When you live in a place without a local mohel (or in a place where you don't want to use the local mohel), it can be hard, or at least difficult, to find someone who will travel. And who will give you the time of day in doing so.
So you've stumbled across Traveling Mohel. First I will tell you how I will make your bris process easier and meaningful. Then I will tell you about my experiences and why you can be happy with your choice of mohel.
Making Your Bris Process Easier
Here are the things we need to do when we touch base and confirm I will be the mohel.
1. Decide when your bris will take place. This will help determine the travel plans I will make.
If your bris will take place relatively early in the morning, I will have to come the night before.
If your bris will take place late morning or early afternoon, I can fly early in the morning.
2. I will send you an email with all the information you need (or you can access it all here and here )
3. Either you or I will book my flight - I will be in your neighborhood for enough time to do the bris and to check your son's circumcision a few hours later.
4. We will schedule and have a conversation over the phone to assure the bris ceremony will be set up to your liking. Your needs and the needs of your guests will be addressed and I will do my best to make sure you are comfortable with how things will pan out.
5. I promise to give you all the time you need before and after the bris; aside from the conversation (#4), we can either communicate by phone or email to address the details and logistics.
6. It is very important to me that you have the least amount of worry in dealing with your son's care after the bris. After I check your son's progress, he will be left without a bandage, already in the post-raw healing stage.
7. Before I leave, I will review with you what you need to do to properly care for your son. Though I will be sure to go over everything face to face, instructions can be found here in case you need a quick reminder and I am not immediately available to answer the phone.
Making Your Bris Meaningful
1. Our conversation (#4 above) will help me understand your pressing needs and what kind of ceremony will best fit you and the way you experience Judaism.
2. I will do my best to accomodate your particular situation and desire to have different family members involved in the ceremony.
3. I will answer all questions, raise important thoughts to consider, and try my best to make sure you and I are on the same page insofar as what will physically happen to your baby, the religious significance (if that is important to you), and the possible emotional whirlwinds I have seen people experience.
MY EXPERIENCES TRAVELING
I have traveled across the United States to do brisses. Through my travels I have developed an excellent system for giving babies the proper care with appropriate follow-up in a relatively short time.
I am efficient to a fault:
* We start on time
* I give the ceremony and the procedure the time it needs, but I do not belabor the point or draw things out unnecessarily
* The actual circumcision takes a few seconds
* There are no shortcuts - I do not use a clamp. This is a completely kosher, halakhic bris
* Afterwards I double check that the circumcision is perfect, and bandage in such a way that the bandaging will come off easily when I check him later, with minimal, if not zero bleeding.
To toot a small horn, a horn for which I continue to be grateful to God for helping me achieve, parents are consistently telling me afterwards things like "it looks great," "it is healing very quickly," "it is healing very nicely," "the doctor said this was [one of] the finest brisses s/he has seen."
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call and interview me.
Hopefully we will make the bris the experience you want it to be.