Proposed Circumcision Ban Highlights Israelis’ Changing Views

Danish parliament is scheduled to vote on a bill that would prohibit parents from circumcising boys. It’s already illegal in Denmark to cut the genitals of minor girls for religious reasons. The goal of the bill is humanitarian in nature, designed to protect both boys and girls from the pain and harm of unnecessary genital cutting.…

I was a Soviet Jew who chose to get circumcised after making Aliyah to Israel. Now I regret it.

I was born in Siberia, Russia, in 1957. My parents and grandparents were originally Latvian Jews. As an independent country, Latvia had a small Jewish population where Jews had schools and participated in culture and politics. However the Soviets occupied Latvia in 1940. On the eve of Germany’s invasion of Latvia, in June of 1941, Stalin…

A Different Take on Brit Milah During Coronavirus

Forgive me, but I am getting more than a little tired of reading the myriad “heartwarming” stories about how brit milah is carrying on despite the Covid-19 pandemic. About how loved ones far and wide now watch the cutting take place on Zoom, and how mohels are donning surgical masks. To counter these trite pieces…

Why Question Circumcision?

Many of us grew up hearing that circumcision is “just a snip,” the removal of “a little extra piece of skin,” “no big deal,” and “healthier.” Did you grow up hearing these things? If so, it’s only natural for you to believe them—especially when you haven’t been exposed to any evidence to the contrary. When…

Retrospective: Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.

Robert S. (Zalman Shaul) Mendelsohn, M.D. (1926-1988) was a practicing American pediatrician who authored several bestselling books on healthcare, appeared on TV and radio, and wrote a syndicated medical advice column. Beloved by many for his practical advice, Mendelsohn encouraged people to take a judicious approach to their medical care. He was a proponent of…

Proposed Circumcision Ban Highlights Israelis’ Changing Views

An Israeli anti-circumcision group will take their message to the steps of the Danish embassy.  September 14, 2020Danish parliament is scheduled to vote on a bill that would prohibit parents from circumcising boys. It’s already illegal in Denmark to cut the genitals of minor girls for religious reasons. The goal of the bill is humanitarian in…

I was a Soviet Jew who chose to get circumcised after making Aliyah to Israel. Now I regret it.

By YAKOV ZISSERI was born in Siberia, Russia, in 1957. My parents and grandparents were originally Latvian Jews. As an independent country, Latvia had a small Jewish population where Jews had schools and participated in culture and politics. However the Soviets occupied Latvia in 1940. On the eve of Germany’s invasion of Latvia, in June of…

A Different Take on Brit Milah During Coronavirus

By REBECCA WALD  Forgive me, but I am getting more than a little tired of reading the myriad “heartwarming” stories about how brit milah is carrying on despite the Covid-19 pandemic. About how loved ones far and wide now watch the cutting take place on Zoom, and how mohels are donning surgical masks.  To counter…

Brit Milah: A Shameful and Traumatic Practice

© 2019 Getty Images GUEST CONTRIBUTION As the victim of an Orthodox Jewish bris, I am sharing my story to hopefully convince others to spare their children this trauma. Given my religious upbringing, a bris was considered a normal event and not something to be hidden. As a child, I was told how the mohel came over to…

Retrospective: Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.

Robert S. (Zalman Shaul) Mendelsohn, M.D. (1926-1988) was a practicing American pediatrician who authored several bestselling books on healthcare, appeared on TV and radio, and wrote a syndicated medical advice column.  Beloved by many for his practical advice, Mendelsohn encouraged people to take a judicious approach to their medical care. He was a proponent of…