Chabad-Lubavitch Emissary Reaches 4,500 Circumcisions
Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Yaacov Gaissinovitch last week presided over the 4,500th circumcision he has carried out in the Ukraine.
In addition to carrying out the mitzvah (commandment) of brit mila (circumcision) as a professional mohel (ritual circumciser), the rabbi is also a medical doctor, according to an announcement released by the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk.
Gaissinovitch is a resident of Donetsk, Ukraine, according to the Chabad.org website, and has practiced his craft for more than 13 years.
“All the Jews of Dnepropetrovsk, as well as all the Jews of Ukraine... wish him and his wonderful wife Lisa a long life, success, good health, great joy from his family and his children, and the continual blessings of the Almighty,” read the statement.
Gaissinovitch once performed 22 circumcisions in a single day when campers at a Jewish summer camp in Dnepropetrovsk volunteered to undergo the procedure with their parents' permission, according to Chabad.org.
He frequently travels throughout Ukraine and Moldova when he services are needed.