Monday, July 9, 2012

Jews choosing not to circumcise

In light of the recent ruling in Cologne, Germany, banning the circumcision of infants, the outcry calling the decision anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and basically against religious freedom has been a response that declines to see the alternative: let the owner of the penis decide when he is not a minor and makes an informed consent.

It is interesting to know that there are Jews deciding not to circumcise. The Bris Shalom is a peaceful naming ceremony that takes the place of the Bris Milah, without the circumcision.

I want to link several articles related to the decision of not circumcising as a Jew:

The kindest un-cut

Beyond the Bris

George Wald - Essay about circumcision

Jews Against Circumcision

Cut - the film

There are 2 opposing views confronted in this issue: those who place the individual rights over religious practices, and those who see the individual as belonging to the community that precedes individual decisions.

An interesting article that explores both points of view, in spite of the definitive pro-circumcision stance: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/09/2885127/circumcision-as-a-crime.html


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