One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who performs the Jewish rite of circumcision.
- ‘The ceremony takes place in the home and is usually performed by a mohel, an observant Jew who may be a rabbi, doctor, or simply one skilled in the technique.’
- ‘Then the mohel began the naming ceremony, and some relatives and friends offered their wishes for this young life.’
- ‘Michelangelo's statue of Moses makes it clear that he was one of Paul's mohelim.’
- ‘The procedure is performed by a mohel - a person who has mastered the set of Jewish laws regarding circumcision and received extensive practical training.’
- ‘The child is taken from the mother, and the operation, performed by the mohel, is a predominantly male affair (it is the father's duty to arrange it).’
Mid 17th century: from Hebrew mōhēl.
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