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Can Adults Be Circumcised?

Can Adults Be Circumcised?


Thanks for writing about this important matter. Yes, your fiancé should have a brit (circumcision) done as soon as possible. In Judaism there is a concept that it is never too late. Even if for whatever reason he did not have a brit when he was eight days old, the date on which a brit should be performed on a healthy Jewish boy, he should have it done now. Many Jews in their 70's and 80's, émigrés of the former USSR, undergo circumcision at their advanced age, all to be a part of this sacred covenant with G‑d. And let's not forget that the very first Jew, Abraham, circumcised himself at the age of 99!

There are expert mohels (circumcisers) who specialize in adult circumcisions. Local anesthetic is usually used to minimize the pain.

Your local rabbi will be able to put you in contact with a mohel who can further advise you.

Click here to find a rabbi in your area.

Click here for more on the importance of circumcision — no matter the age!

Best wishes,

Chani Benjaminson

Chani Benjaminson is co-director of Chabad of the South Coast, coordinator of Chabad’s Ask the Rabbi and Feedback departments, and is a member of the editorial staff of
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Menachem Posner February 7, 2016

To Malcolm Yes, the frenulum is removed. Reply

malcolm UK February 8, 2011

frenulum removal do adult who have brit milah done as adults have the frenulum removed? Reply

mark alcock Durb, sa via February 27, 2008

begins with a bris Remember men, it's no good simply just having the bris... this is the beginning of transforming oneself; striving to be morally perfect, by loving G-d more than self and all others -- always, and keeping the Covenant sacred & doing all His commandments gladly. Reply

Lisa Providence, RI July 17, 2007

48-year-old Jewish Man Needs Circumcision Rabbis and Jewish doctors can also be trained as mohels if there are no mohels in your area. Reply

Alexander Moshkovich Brooklyn, NY April 4, 2007

F.R.E.E. Adult Circumcision To Whom It May Concern:

I was very glad to be assisted by Lubavitch Rabbi from F.R.E.E. who assisted me in my bris at age 24, shortly after we arrived to the United States 14 years ago.

I was surprised to find out that Rabbi Okunev is a native Russian speaking rabbi from the same city my grandmother was born, and offered us the complete service 'free of charge'.

I am writing to let anyone know who needs such a service done contact F.R.E.E. Circumcision Program at 718-467-0860, or e-mail:

FREE's websites can be accessed by going for English and for Russian. Reply

Circumcision is the first commandment given by G-d to Abraham, the first Jew, and is central to Judaism.
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