For most guys, once is more than enough when it comes to the delicate question of circumcision. For Israel’s Bashi Gabai, however, the second time’s the charm. After discovering his original bris, performed when he was eight days old, was not performed according to traditional Jewish law, the 92 year old Gabai opted to re-snip, rather than risk “kareth,” or spiritual excision, from the Jewish community as a result of an improper circumcision.
A random conversation provided by the chairman of the Brit Yosef Yitzchak organization, which specializes in circumcisions, revealed that Jews born in the Iranian city of Shiraz had undergone a “hatafat dam” process (in which a drop of blood is extracted from the penis), but that their foreskin was not fully removed as halachically required.
While Bashi is certainly one of the oldest people to voluntarily forego their foreskin, his schmeckle is just the tip of the iceberg; To date, over 200 former residents of Shiraz have reportedly rejoined the Jewish community by snipping their tips. In Gabai’s case, members of his extended family, all of whom hailed from Shiraz, were identified by rabbinic authorities as having undergone incorrect ritual circumcisions, Bashi himself was then examined and was determined to have the entirety of his foreskin intact, as if he’d never undergone the ritual at all.
So, at the age of 92, Bashi Gabai agreed to put his putz under the knife for (hopefully) the last time. Continues YNet:
The procedure was performed at a medical center in Bat Yam last week under local anesthesia. Bashi was fully conscious and his son-in-law served as his “sandek,” a person honored at a Jewish brit milah ceremony.
According to the rabbi, there was a lot of excitement during the ceremony and the following meal.
Yes, he stayed wide fucking awake while Rabbis corrected their colleagues’ botched crotch-job, 92 years after the fact. And then he ate lunch like it ain’t no thing.
Bashi Gabai, you may have quite so much penis as you did a week ago, but that doesn’t mean you’re any less of a baller. Mazal Tov!