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Circumcision knife

18th century

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse

According to Jewish tradition, every newborn boy must be circumcised at the age of eight days by a mohel, or circumciser. This is a religious obligation and signifies the boy’s acceptance into God’s covenant with the Jews. Circumcisers in the Judengasse worked on a voluntary basis; they were sometimes given the surname Mohel, from which the names Mohler, Mehler and Müller were later derived.

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  • Title: Circumcision knife
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: Germany
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Subject Keywords: Judaism, religion
  • Type: Judaica
  • Medium: iron, silver, agate

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