Rabbi Kevin Bernstein, DVM, began a veterinary career in a small clinical practice for animals, followed by 12 years as a research veterinarian, including six years in Israel as a citizen, becoming both a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and an אישור תואר מומחה (certified expert) in poultry medicine. Following graduation from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, he has served as director of education in synagogues, school rabbi and teacher in day schools, and as a mohel in the Greater Philadelphia area. His mohel practice has been hallmarked by the inclusion of both interfaith, and gay and lesbian parents and converts, and more recently, has been deeply enriched in assisting transitioning individuals to engage in conversion-related rituals.
August 17th, 2022 | Season 1 | 56 mins 34 secs
Rabbi Kevin Bernstein is a mohel who has performed hundreds of circumcisions. In this episode, the veterinarian turned Reconstructionist rabbi offers a Reconstructionist take on this most ancient of Jewish conventual ceremonies, the brit millah. He responds to critics who question its continued relevance, attempts to demystify the process and explain what actually happens at a brit millah.