The Future of Foreskins

By Daniel S. Brenner

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, January 28, 2002

The author discusses the cultural and medical trend against circumcision and speculates about its future in the Jewish community, defending it as an act of violence that creates a covenant between father and son and acts as a marker of Jewishness. He wonders whether and how it could be effectively replaced in a way that respects both Jewish law and circumcision's cultural, religious, and psychological significance.

Topic: Ritual, Culture, Psychology/Psychiatry, Family

Name of Publication: Jewish Public Forum Archive

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Language: English

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Brenner, Daniel S. The Future of Foreskins. Jewish Public Forum Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 28 January 2002:


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