Max Mintz

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Max Mintz is a retired Houston-area pediatrician who now works solely as a mohel, or ritual circumcisor of Jewish babies.[1] He offers his "services" to Jewish and non-Jewish parents who want their children circumcised.[2]

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History

Mintz started off as a doctor, but he became a ritual circumcisor when he circumcise a son of wife's cousin in 1979 who lived in Beumont, Texas 90 miles east of Houston, Texas, and the only three mohels in Houston at the time were already booked.[3]

Mintz began to keep count of his circumcisions shortly after beginning his mohel career.[4] According to his own estimations, Mintz has circumcised 9,700 babies during the past 30 years[5], and he aims to make this number an even 10,000 by the end of 2012.[6] (Source last accessed June 16) His five grandsons are included in that number.[7]

Now 71, Mintz says he'll keep circumcising until he gets shaky.[8]


Circumcision of Gentile Children and Financial Interest

Mintz makes his living circumcising not only-Jewish children, but also gentile, non-Jewish children as well.[9] While for Jewish children, he circumcises out of religious conviction, he circumcises non-Jewish children for the aesthetic or health reasons his gentile clients give him.[10] However there is financial interest involved, as he charges $350.00 per child.[11]

Cirumcision Symposium at the University of Texas Medical Branch

On Friday, Jun 15, 2012, UTMB hosted the symposium "Cutting Edge Debate: Pros, Cons and Contexts of Male Circumcision" from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Moody Gardens Hotel as part of their 61st Pediatrics by the Gulf annual Pediatric Review and Update.[12]

A panel was supposed to engage in "multidimensional discussion" of the ethical questions raised by the practice of circumcision, the wide array of varied views and circumcision and the supposed "social and cultural contexts that shape those views." The audience was invited to participate in discussion.[13]

Max Mintz was one of the panelists, and he spoke from the perspective of Jewish tradition, [14] as well as he shared the reasons for circumcising non-Jewish babies as part of his mohel practice.[15]

Quotes

Quotes by Max Mintz

It's the perfect job, actually," he said. "It's always a very happy occasion. I don't have to do funerals like a rabbi. Everyone wants to meet you, to feed you and so forth. And I feel I'm doing something worthwhile.

I enjoy doing it... [a]s long as people want me to and as long as I'm no danger to the child.

The Houston Chronicle


References

  1. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "A retired Houston-area pediatrician who works as a mohel, or Jewish ritual circumciser..." 
  2. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Mintz doesn't circumcise only Jewish children." 
  3. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "...it wasn't until his wife's cousin gave birth to a son in 1979 that he was drafted into ritual service." 
  4. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Shortly after he began his mohel career, Mintz... began keeping count of his circumcisions." 
  5. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Mintz has circumcised 9,700 babies during the past 30 years, according to his count." 
  6. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "He expects to reach 10,000 near the end of this year." 
  7. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "...Mintz... has circumcised all five of his grandsons..." 
  8. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Now 71, Mintz says he'll keep circumcising as long as he can - until he gets shaky." 
  9. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Mintz doesn't circumcise only Jewish children." 
  10. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Many parents choose circumcision for aesthetic or health reasons..." 
  11. Heilman, Uriel (10 May 2012). "Retired doctor busy in second career as mohel". The Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Retired-doctor-busy-in-second-career-as-mohel-3549380.php. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "Mintz, who charges about $350 for the service, is happy to oblige." 
  12. Dannenmaier, Molly (12 Jun 2012). "UTMB invites public to symposium on circumcision". The Daily News. http://galvestondailynews.com/story/320846. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "The symposium “Cutting Edge Debate: Pros, Cons and Contexts of Male Circumcision” will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Hotel..." 
  13. Dannenmaier, Molly (12 Jun 2012). "UTMB invites public to symposium on circumcision". The Daily News. http://galvestondailynews.com/story/320846. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "The panel will engage in a multidimensional discussion..." 
  14. Dannenmaier, Molly (12 Jun 2012). "UTMB invites public to symposium on circumcision". The Daily News. http://galvestondailynews.com/story/320846. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "He will speak to the place of circumcision in the Jewish tradition..." 
  15. Dannenmaier, Molly (12 Jun 2012). "UTMB invites public to symposium on circumcision". The Daily News. http://galvestondailynews.com/story/320846. Retrieved 2012-06-16. "His discussion will include reasons some of these parents have shared with him..." 
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