“It is a sobering fact that in the public debate [about circumcision] we observed partly antisemitic and racist undertones.”

ANGELA MERKEL, FEDERAL
CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY, 2013

Milah UK
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Is Brit Milah painful?

Although many assume that a procedure of this kind must cause some discomfort, it is impossible to say with any certainty whether a child feels any pain during Brit Milah and afterwards. Many Mohelim report that most babies do not begin to cry when Brit Milah is performed. Rather, they do so when the nappy is removed before the procedure begins. Frequently mohelim report that babies who have been fed before Brit Milah fall asleep minutes after the procedure has been completed.

Additionally, UK Mohelim do not use a clamp. This is much more commonly used in secular circumcision procedures, and can be a much longer and more painful process.

The Initiation Society members generally do not use injectable forms of anaesthesia. It is extremely common for Mohelim to perform Brit Milah after topical anaesthetic creams and numbing ointments have been administered.