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Posted on 12/29/2013 12:50:16 PM PST by Steelfish
A Small But Growing Number of Jews Are Questioning The Ancient Ritual of Circumcision
By Michelle Boorstein December 28 When his pregnant wife first challenged circumcising their son, Mike Wallach had a gut reaction: Thats what we do: Were Jews! But doubts about whether the surgery was medically necessary and concern over his wifes opposition forced Wallach to confront some questions.
Can you be Jewish without Judaisms oldest ritual? he says he asked himself. What does it mean to be Jewish?
Adults attending conversion classes at Sixth and I synagogue learn about the traditions behind the ancient Jewish practice of circumcision. Adults attending conversion classes at Sixth and I synagogue learn about the traditions behind the ancient Jewish practice of circumcision.
Speaking with God, the 37-year-old screenwriter and grandson of Holocaust survivors explained he was using the free will and brain you gave me to reject circumcision. God, he concluded, wouldnt be impressed by the desire to do something simply for traditions sake.
I wasnt at peace until I had that conversation, said Wallach, who grew up in Northwest Washington and now lives in Brooklyn.
Wallach is among a small but growing number of Jews who are slowly altering what has for millennia been considered perhaps Judaisms core rite. The Bible says an adult Abraham circumcised himself to mark the covenant between him, his descendants and God. Any male who doesnt circumcise, God says in Genesis, that soul will be cut off from its people; he has broken My covenant.
Many of these Jews, according to rabbis and the ritual circumcisers known as mohels, are rejecting the classic festive circumcision ceremony, called a brit milah, or bris. For thousands of years, Jews have performed the ritual removal of the penile foreskin on the eighth day of a boys life...
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I don’t have a link handy but I am pretty sure that medical studies show circumcision results in fewer health problems.
Significantly fewer health problems.
More like the Washington comPost wants Jews to abandon circumcision. Looking forward to complementary stories in the Slimes, NPR, All Things Inconsiderate, ...
Better tell that to the increasing number of “Jews” in Africa who are getting circumcised to lessen the chance of AIDS transmission. Hmm.
God instituted circumcision specifically "for tradition's sake" - it was to be a sign of Abraham's covenant with God. Someone needs to actually read his Torah.
Most of those reasons are pretty weak.
Yes, apart from religious reasons, circumcision is definitely healthy. And if practiced on an infant, it’s a pretty minor operation.
I know, you occasionally read a terrible story, but there are probably more deaths every year from electrical sockets, or flies in your soup.
The left is pushing to stop this and many other religious traditions.
Circumcision is brutal.
I was circumcised, and couldn’t walk for a year!
(I’ll be here all week - try the veal)
I am not a Jew and I don’t know the rules, but IMO circumcision should be done by a Doctor.
I know as we get older we have a bit of shrinkage of the wedding tackle, and circumcision makes things a little easier to keep from peeing on the walls and floor.
They should take it up with God and Abraham.
>>”God, he concluded, wouldnt be impressed by the desire to do something simply for traditions sake.<<
I heard a Rabbi on the radio one time give a great argument. he said “everyone asks me why we keep Kosher when clearly the rules were health rules and are not needed today? My answer is: Because My God told me to.”
So the answer is yes, God wants you to do it because He commanded it.
Yet liposuction and Botox (and breast implants, etc.) will remain popular for the privileged set. Circumcision will be demonized as it is a religious practice. What’s next, praying to God (see Darius the Mede)?
Let’s all design our own religions. (Sort of like pelosi and Reid and lots of others these days). I vote for chocolate cake for the Eucharist.
Many Jews don’t take Genesis “literally,” and this applies to many Christians as well.
>>I know as we get older we have a bit of shrinkage of the wedding tackle, and circumcision makes things a little easier to keep from peeing on the walls and floor.<<
I might add:
Never serve calamari at a Bris.
But they are supposed to follow the Talmut.
ROTFLMAO! Getting old is messy. The answer is to sit to pee, but no real man will do that.
Let’s see them write an article regarding muslim (lower case m on purpose) circumcision.
Dumb, just plain dumb.
What’s old is new again. Ahab and Jezebel, assimilated ancient Greek Jews, assimilated ancient Roman Jews, assimilated 19th century German Jews, etc., etc.; all protested the “barbaric” practice. Yawn.
I vote salami for the body and bourbon for the blood.
Why not? The destruction of the temple ended the Jewish religion anyway.
That seems pretty straightforward, right from the mouth of G-d.
Of course, the words "shall not be infringed" have been misinterpreted, too.
Yes I recall Alinsky. At first blush I was impressed with his cleverness. Which he had. But later I came to realize just how arrogant and aggressive his tactics are. Based most on threats and intimidation not discourse dialogue or building consensus. Also he was ready to lie to get anything he wanted. His protege appears to have learned well. Alas.
Jesus took Genesis literally. Good enough for me.
Maybe in Somalia or in the slums of India a foreskin is ‘unhealthy’ but not here in America where good personal hygiene is practiced. Welcoming a baby boy into the world by cutting part of his penis off is criminal in my view. It’s there for a few reasons, one of which is to enhance pleasure and also to ensure a more successful conception.
It can be tougher for adults, although it sounds like you had bad luck. But it’s normally nothing much for babies.
Read his post again. :-)
“Circumcision will be demonized as it is a religious practice.”
And, like Kosher food rules, circumcision is also practiced by Muslims. Will the WaPo wander down to their local Mosque and inquire of the Imam as to his views on this subject?
Apostasy is nothing new to Judaism.
The mohels I've known are Jewish MD's who have received additional training in the Jewish ritual aspects.
Sorry, I missed the satire.
Yawn. Another lib hit piece on circumcision.
Well hell, why didn't you say so sooner?
I'm sure world Jewry will be appalled once they learn of your displeasure!
my urologist racquetball buddy says circumcism prevents AIDS. He did a month experiment in Africa with amazing results.
Your about time is a call against the LORD's express command for Abraham's seed (physical descendants).
Per your comment 20; the only Jews who truly count are those who obey the covenants, including circumcision. The others die off and do not usually produce Jewish offspring, although some few claw their way back.
The anti-circumcision freaks are often speaking from neo-Nazi/homosexual mindsets.
If you want to see who really lurks behind the anti-circumcision talk, enter keywords something like uncut and gay in a search engine.
i guess that's why nobody gets Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes, HPV, Syphilis or AIDS here anymore...
“I dont have a link handy but I am pretty sure that medical studies show circumcision results in fewer health problems.”
I was born a 7 moth ‘preemie’, so that was out of the question for me.
I can guarantee your assuredness is true.
If you live in a modern world and use modern hygiene the risks are reduced to where there is virtually no difference.
If you were living in the pre-Abrahamic Middle East, where soap and water were not regularly used...yes, that could be problematic.