By YAKOV ZISSER — 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 deported about 15,500 Latvian citizens to Siberia and other parts of Soviet Asia. My family was among this group.
I say, let the Jewish man decide for himself. There will be those who make the same mistake I did, but it will be theirs to make. Some say adult circumcision is “barbaric” so it must be done to an infant. I disagree. As someone who has undergone an adult circumcision, I can tell you the procedure itself is not that bad. For the adult there is appropriate sedation and pain medication after. Why not give men the choice?