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Marked in Your FleshCircumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America$
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Leonard B. Glick

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176742

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019517674X.001.0001

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 Unanswerable Questions, Questionable Answers

 Unanswerable Questions, Questionable Answers

Justifying Ritual Circumcision

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Marked in Your Flesh

Leonard B. Glick

Oxford University Press

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

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