MOSCOW, Russia - On Friday, a nine-year-old resident of Stockholm underwent his Brit Mila ceremony in Moscow at the 'Brit Yosef Yitzchak' Center in the Moscow Jewish Community's Humanitarian Aid Center.
For Jews residing in Sweden, many wishing to undergo their Brit Mila end up visiting another country where circumcisions are less difficult to come by.
Rabbi Chaim Greisman of Stockholm advised that he arrange the ceremony for the boy in Moscow. He made the request of Moscow's Mohel, Dr. Yeshaya Shafit, who gladly agreed to help. "It is remarkable, in a place where Brit Mila was prohibited for generations, that now people are coming here from the Western World to have it done," stated Dr. Shafit.
Deeply moved by the ceremony, the woman spoke about her life story. She had emigrated from Russia to Sweden 25 years ago. There, after her son and Rabbi Greisman had become good friends, the boy eventually decided it was time he underwent his circumcision.