A publication on Jewish circumcision is receiving attention
because it is insensitive and offensive to many Jews,
and I regret that. Please understand that it
represents only the writer who speaks for nobody else. The
movement to question circumcision is wide and diverse. There is
no organization that controls, or could control, what
individuals who oppose circumcision may say or do.
Questioning Jewish circumcision is best done within the Jewish
community, and this is happening. A growing number of Jews here and
abroad are not circumcising their sons. Jews have a choice
about circumcision. That choice is important because circumcision
causes significant pain to the child. There is physical, sexual, and
psychological harm from circumcision, and the foreskin is an
important body part.
As discussion about circumcision increases we must respect
those who disagree. There are no villains here. People are making
choices based on what they know, feel, and believe. Let’s have
compassion for each other as we try to deal honestly and openly with
this difficult issue.