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A mohel (Hebrew מוֹהֵל moˈhel, Ashkenazi pronunciation ˈmɔɪ.əl, plural: מוֹהֲלִים mohalim mo.haˈlim, מוֹהֲלָא mohala, "circumciser") is a Jewish person trained in the practice of brit milah, the "covenant of circumcision."

Under Jewish law, a mohel must draw blood from the circumcision wound. Most mohels do it by hand with a suction device, but some Orthodox groups use their mouth to draw blood after cutting the foreskin.[1][2][3][4] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning in 2012 about the health implications of this practice, citing 11 cases of neonatal HSV and two recorded fatalities.[5] A 2013 review of cases of neonatal HSV infections in Israel identified ritual circumcision as the source of HSV-1 transmission in 31.8% of the cases.[6]


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  2. Rabbi probed for circumcised infants' herpes,, 2 February 2005 Retrieved 2 February 2015
  3. Distel R, Hofer V, Bogger-Goren S, Shalit I, Garty BZ. "Primary genital herpes simplex infection associated with Jewish ritual circumcision". Isr Med Assoc J 2003;5:893–4,
  4. "Penile herpes simplex virus type 1 infection presenting two and a half years after Jewish ritual circumcision of an infant". Sex Transm Dis. 2013 Jun;40(6):516-7
  5. CDC: Neonatal HSV Infection from Circumcision-Related Orogenital Suction Baum SG: Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2012 Jun 8; 61: see page 405–409 Retrieved 2 February 2015
  6. Amir Koren, et al. (PDF) Neonatal Herpes Simplex virus infections in Israel Pediatr Infect Dis. J 2013 32:120-123 Retrieved 2 February 2015