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  • n. A specialized surgical knife used by the Mohel in the Jewish circumcision ritual of Brit Milah for infant males. It must have certain characteristics, per Jewish Law, including that it may not stop the flow of blood (unlike the constricting devices commonly used by a surgeon or Urologist).


From Hebrew אזמל (izmel), lancet, scalpel. (Wiktionary)


  • A mohel would come to our house with his izmel lancet and before an audience of friends and family cut off the foreskin of our darling boy’s infant penis.

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

  • When the time came, my wife’s cousin Robert was designated by the mohel to hold Joshua’s tiny limbs firmly while he wielded the izmel to cut the foreskin.

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate


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