Russia’s Chief mohel R’ Shaya Shafit completed his 6000th bris in Rostov, Russia, Tuesday. A total of 6 brisim took place in Rostov’s main Shul, for men of ages ranging from 19-40.
Over the past 20 years R’ Shaya has been traveling around Russia performing brisim on Adults as well as children. He keeps a list of names as well as photos of all the people on whom he performed a bris.
Todays brisim included a 40 year old man by the name of Misha, who proudly presented his father’s official birth certificate from 1936 in Ukraine, which was written in Yiddish. “I am so happy to reconnect with my roots, and have this opportunity to choose my own Jewish name, Dovid,” he said.
The last bris, which was R’ Shaya’s 6000th bris, was for a 20 year old student by the name of Misha. He started attending Torah classes for students a year ago, and finally decided it was time to do a bris and choose a Jewish name.
He chose the name Sholom Dovber in memory of the Rebbe Rashab to whom he feels a special connection as a Rostov resident.
The other names chosen were: Shimon, Nochum, Moshe and Dovid.