The sacred brit and other myths

13.07.2012                      23.Tammus. 5772

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The sacred brit and other myths

The debate over circumcision and ritual slaughter in the U.K. forces us to take an honest look at our customs.

Here are three cliches about circumcision.First, that it is a sacred covenant between God and the Jewish people. The fact is that whether or not you believe in the biblical narrative of Abraham and his sons, this is hardly a unique Jewish custom. Every day around the world, thousands of babies, young boys and fully grown men have their foreskins removed in a wide variety of rituals and medical procedures. Only a small minority of them are Jews and even among Jews, most are not doing it out of religious conviction, but for reasons of social necessity, family and peer pressures and because it's a good excuse for having a big party….