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The Day I Cut Off My Sons' Foreskins

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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Daniel S. Brenner

Series: CLAL on Culture Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Psychology; Ritual; Family

Type: Other


The author defends the rite of circumcision as an act of ritualized violence that establishes a bond between natural enemies - father and son - and describes how circumcising his twin sons made him feel like a man.