Daniel Berman

No Conclusive Evidence on Circumcision Rite and Herpes

The Forward suggests the metzitzah b’peh circumcision rite should be curtailed because it may lead to herpes. It is misguided in its medical and policy claims.

The Real Truth About Santa Claus

I was raised Jewish in a suburb outside Atlanta. Being Jewish in the South during the 1980s and ’90s was such a difficult task. It left me sympathetic to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and how he must have felt while being ostracized and excluded from all the “reindeer games.” I myself was never invited to any of the “games” in my neighborhood, and I am prone to believe that this, too, had something to do with my nose (although mine did not glow).