Unanswerable Questions, Questionable Answers

Leonard B. Glick

in Marked in Your Flesh

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176742
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835621 | DOI:
 Unanswerable Questions, Questionable Answers

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Most contemporary literature on circumcision by Orthodox and Reform Jews resorts either to talmudic-style interpretations, mystical explanations, or vaguely “spiritual” justifications for the practice. Humanistic Jews are either conflicted or clearly unable to accept ritual circumcision as legitimate religious expression. Popular books on Jewish parenting by Anita Diamant and two prominent rabbis gamely try to justify “Bris”, circumcision by mohels; but the authors, obviously uncomfortable, twist about and offer unconvincing rationales.

Keywords: ritual circumcision; Bris; Orthodox Judaism; Reform Judaism; Humanistic Judaism; mohels; Anita Diamant; Jewish parenting books

Chapter.  11136 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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