mo·​hel | \ ˈmō-(h)el How to pronounce mohel (audio) , ˈmȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce mohel (audio) \
plural mohels also mohalim\ ˌmō-​hä-​ˈlēm How to pronounce mohalim (audio) \ or mohelim\ ˌmō-​(h)e-​ˈlēm How to pronounce mohelim (audio) \

Definition of mohel

: a person who performs ritual Jewish circumcisions

Examples of mohel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For centuries, the role of mohel was dominated by male religious leaders. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Jewish Women Move Into a Male Domain: Ritual Circumcision," 1 Mar. 2020 Golden Girls fans may have also spotted Levin in Designing Women from 1989 to 1991, and later on Seinfeld as the nervous mohel in a 1993 episode. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Golden Girls Star Charles Levin’s Disappearance and Death Is Explained with New Details," 8 Nov. 2019 The Netherlands has a handful of mohels and, as is common around the world, some of the more popular ones are not recognized as medical caregivers. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Holland says top mohels may be breaking the law," 4 June 2019 In the next room, friends, family, an unusual mohel and their baby boy are about to participate in a bris. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "Summer Shorts Festival means summer has arrived," 29 May 2018 His father was a neonatologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and was also a mohel. New York Times, "Hadass Blank, Ryan Kurtis," 15 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of mohel

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mohel

Hebrew mōhēl

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“Mohel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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