Brit Milah: An Inscription of Social Power

By Margaret Sandel

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1996

The author discusses why the performance of the mitzvah of brit milah (circumcision) creates moral dilemmas, while so many other mitzvot do not. She suggests that it might be that the brit milah involves questions of power relations that make many people uneasy. This article explores the relationship between power and the brit milah, as well as the function of the brit milah within Jewish communities.

Topic: Morality, Ritual, Jewish Identification, Ethics, Power

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.61/No.1

Page Number(s): 49-58

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Genre: Article

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sandel, Margaret. Brit Milah: An Inscription of Social Power. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1996: 49-58. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4529


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