Because Sometimes More is More
Brit Shalom is indeed an alternative naming ceremony replacing Brit Milah (ritual circumcision), BUT there is no pin prick or blood letting of any kind.
I appreciate Dr. Reiss reaching out to me, given that I indeed had the impression that Brit Shalom involves a ceremonial pin prick. (I recognize Dr. Reiss from numerous intactivist efforts, including his work to promulgate this alternative to the Jewish ritual of infant circumcision). I’m not quite sure where I got the idea that Brit Shalom involved some form of minimal blood letting, and I’d be curious to know if such a variation of it is also practiced. Thanks again for the clarification.
I agree, for sure. I think some people think of circumcision as a religious ritual rather than something that happens to a person as a child and affects them for the rest of their life — often way past the lifespan of the parents. It’s shortsighted to see circumcision as a parental religious practice rather than a lifelong physical alteration for the child.
honestly the stuff against circumcision that this blog has posted makes me really uncomfortable as a practicing Jew. I followed this blog because I loved the body-positivity, but it’s become more and more offensive, even borderline anti-semitic. especially, in this graphic, the red “God will hold him…” etc etc. Circumcision is an ancient, sacred Jewish practice and tradition, and the fact that you are trying to throw this aside by trying to speak for God is absurd and honestly, really offensive. I understand why people don’t like it. But it’s none of your business whether someone decides to have their son(s) circumcised. I realize some people claim it has health risks, but there is plenty of research out there in favor of the health benefits of circumcision. So, seriously, stop trying to shame people for making a personal decision about what they believe would best serve their child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It’s not anyone’s place, it doesn’t make them bad parents or sexually repressive parents, it makes them parents who are trying to do what’s best for their child.
Also, for the record, I think that it is much more humane to have a child circumcised when he’s young enough that he won’t remember/be traumatized by it.
As a non-practicing Jew, if I find the reality of having had a part of my genitals removed without my consent to be really uncomfortable, to say the least. I’m all for people being able to fulfill their own personal religious requirements, as long as others aren’t subjected to unwanted and permanent bodily alteration in a blanket fashion.
Georganne Chapin, Intact America Blog