The practice of circumcision is mandatory for Jews, almost universally practiced by Muslims, and adopted as common practice in many other communities, both religious and secular.
In the Jewish tradition, circumcisions are performed by a mohel. To discuss the ritual and significance of circumcision, Beliefs producer spoke with Dr. Leslie Solomon. In addition to being an emergency room doctor, he is both a rabbi and mohel. This interview was recorded on New Year’s Eve of 2019.