Sunday, January 6, 2013
Jews in Israel are Revolting Against Circumcision
One fact known to most people is that circumcision is part of Jewish religion, similar to Islam. Normally in Jewish families circumcision is carried out when the baby is 8 days old. Educated Jews will go to the hospital but in a vast majority of cases the circumcision is carried out by a Mohel, who is a religious man who is trained to carry out this task. This act is followed by a festive religious ceremony called the Brit. when a feast is laid out. Nobody really knows how this custom crept into Jewish thought but now an increasing number of Jews in Israel are questioning the need for this forceful circumcision. We must remember that circumcision is one of Judaism's most important laws and one cannot be a complete Jew without being circumcised.. In fact it is supposed to be a Jews covenant with God. The Christians did away with this practice though both religions trace their roots to the old testament.. Many Jews in Israel however now feel that this forcible circumcision is uncalled for and secretly many Jews are not getting their sons to undergo this ceremony. The new thinking Jews are asking as to what is the basis of this ceremony. What is the background and is one not a good Jew in case he does not undergo circumcision?