Sage hurt in brit mishap


A top Israeli rabbi was injured in a circumcision accident.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, leader of the powerful Lithuanian religious movement, served as godfather at a Jerusalem brit Wednesday but suffered a deep cut to his hand, apparently when the mohel slipped.

The 97-year-old sage received stitches and was declared well. The baby was unharmed.

News of the accident had stirred anxiety throughout the fervently Orthodox community at Elisahiv’s fate.

Participants at the brit agreed not to publish the mohel’s name for fear of harming his business. He was widely assumed to have been nervous because of the eminent Eliashiv’s presence.

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