Rabbi Opposed Circumcision, Promoted Brit Shalom

Rabbi Nathan (Natan) Segal, one of the first American rabbis known to conduct naming ceremonies without circumcision for Jewish male infants, died on July 23, 2019, surrounded by family. He was a staunch opponent of brit milah and wrote passionately against the practice. 

Rabbi Natan Segal
Born in Chicago in 1949, Segal was an ordained rabbi and cantor, as well as an artist, musician, and naturopathic healer. His interests were wide-ranging, from ancient history and biblical studies to anthropology, science, and technology. A Renaissance man, he could play all western orchestral instruments as well as Indian classical ones. 

Talmudic Scholar Offers Context, Teaching on Jews Opting Out of Brit Milah


Earlier this week, Rabbi Tzvee Zahavy penned a fascinating and important piece on the trend of Jews forgoing circumcision for their sons. 

Rabbi Tzvee Zahavy, Ph.D. 
“I observe that it is trendy now in some progressive communities in Israel not to circumcise baby boys,” Zahavy writes, noting he has “a devout Jewish friend who was terribly upset when her son in Israel did not circumcise her new grandson last year.”