Friends and relatives come to watch a Mohel ,a Jewish Rabbi who specializes in cutting the foreskin of penis's, perform circumcism(bris) in the biblical way on the eighth day of the boys life.
The only sedative used is a little Mogen David wine, I have been to a few bris's and cringe every time the rabbi takes the scalpo to the little boys penis.
I asked the Rabbi what he does with all the foreskins, and he said he saves them and makes them into wallets, however he said there was a problem because when people rub the wallets they all turn into suitcases.
This joke parallels the real life debate and problems concerning circumcism. They say it was originally performed to help teenage boys refrain from masturbation, since removal of the foreskin makes that area less sensitive.
The below is from the enclosed website; http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/
"Even the great Rabbi Maimonides recognized the problems with circumcision:
The bodily injury caused to that organ is exactly that which is desired...there is no doubt that circumcision weakens the power of sexual excitement, and sometimes lessens the natural enjoyment; the organ necessarily becomes weak when it loses blood and is deprived of its covering from the beginning.”
Rabbi Moses Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed, The University of Chicago Press, 1963
What kind of covenant is it that is marked on the body of a baby, who has no choice in the matter and no understanding?
Jewish boys in countries where routine circumcision is not common, such as Holland, may be left intact and yet remain Jews in good standing.
Many Soviet Jews, left intact for fear of communist persecution, have chosen to remain so, even though communism no longer exists.
Cheating on your husband (Lev 20:10)
Fornicating — if you’re female (Deut 22:21)
Homosexuality (Lev 20:13)
Blasphemy (Lev 24:16)
Insulting one’s parents (Exod 21:17)
Disobeying one’s parents (Deut 21:18-21) Obviously, we no longer apply capital punishment for committing the above mentioned acts because we are no longer a primitive society and we have come to believe in human rights.Other practices sanctioned by the Torah that we no longer permit because we are educated and enlightened are:
Slavery (Exod 21:1-11, Deut 15:12-18)
Animal and human sacrifices (Lev 4:3, 4:23)
Divorce for men only (Deut 24:1)
Female subservience to men including obedience to every order and no right to refuse sex, (Gen 3:16) Many of our traditions have been abandoned, changed or modified over the centuries. Even the tradition of circumcision has been changed over the years.
Metzitzah — sucking the baby’s penis to remove blood from the wound by mouth — was a long-standing and essential part of the ceremony until the end of the 19th century, when it became clear that mohels with TB or STDs were transmitting the diseases to the babies and many babies died as a result. (the orthodox Jews still practice oral suction (Metzitzah) to this day.)There have been recent deaths attributed to this procedure) Read the enclosed N.Y Times artice; http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/26/nyregion/26circumcise.html
Do not be afraid to be the first to change and lead your parents, family and community into modern times! Your primary responsibility is to take care of your son, not to satisfy other people’s need for tradition. Your community will eventually see the light.