The Future of Foreskins
Publication Date: January 2002
Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
Author(s): Daniel S. Brenner
Series: Jewish Public Forum Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Culture; Psychology; Ritual; Family
The author discusses the cultural and medical trend against circumcision and speculates about its future in the Jewish community, defending it as an act of violence that creates a covenant between father and son and acts as a marker of Jewishness. He wonders whether and how it could be effectively replaced in a way that respects both Jewish law and circumcision's cultural, religious, and psychological significance.