Reader comment on: San Fran to Ban Infant Circumcision?
Submitted by louise haker (Israel), Feb 28, 2011 04:19
Circumcision was an economical recognition of the divine ownership of human life, a part of the body being sacrificed to preserve the remainder.Tallit is worn during the circumcision ceremony by the father of the baby
It was only in the late nineteenth century that anybody suggested that these rites had a utilitarian rationale, but the idea soon became an article of faith among doctors who favoured circumcision, and it still has currency in backward medical circles today.
This surgical operation, which is commonly prescribed for purely medical reasons, is an initiation or religious ceremony among Jews and Muslims: nowadays circumcision is primarily a medical procedure and only after that a religious rite. The entry explains that "in recent years the medical profession has been responsible for its considerable extension among other than Jewish children ... for reasons of health".
The brit takes place on the eighth day following birth even if that day is Shabbat or a holiday. A brit is traditionally performed in the morning, but it may be performed any time during daylight hours.
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