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The best-selling, Pulitzer-winning, famously Jewish author, Michael Chabon, is ready to tell us how he really feels about a particular halakhic ritual.
“Whose penis? Whose body? Whose rights?” read one sign. “You Want to Cut Off WHAT?” read another.
These were a couple of the slogans of the approximately 50 demonstrators at 16th annual rally in favor of making male circumcision illegal. Held to commemorate Genital Integrity Awareness Week and the 12th anniversary of Congress’s ban of female genital mutilation, the protesters gathered in front of the White House this week to urge Congress to pass a bill banning circumcision or what they call “male genital mutilation.”
James Bond wants to help more men get circumcised, and he’s gone to a part of the world where they’re into that sort of thing.
Former 007 actor Roger Moore is in Israel this week, where he expects to raise $5,000 for efforts to circumcise more men as part of AIDS-prevention efforts in Swaziland. The “Moonraker” and “Octopussy” star attended the Eilat Chamber Music Festival today as part of a fund-raising campaign that will allow Israeli doctors to train Swazis to perform circumcisions. Studies have show that circumcision helps reduce the spread of HIV.
Max Mintz shares some fun anecdotes about his work as a traveling mohel with Houston’s Jewish Herald-Voice:
One of his strangest experiences occurred earlier this year, when he was invited to a brit milah in Tulsa, Okla. “When I arrived in Tulsa, my bags did not arrive with me, which was not good, since I can’t take knives on a plane,” he explained. “The people at Southwest Airlines found my bags in Houston, and offered to put them on the next plane to Tulsa,” Mintz explained. “However, it wasn’t going to be possible to wait for my instruments to arrive, perform the bris and then get back to the airport in time for my plane back to Houston. “There was a chapel at the airport, which they agreed to let us use,” the mohel explained, “and they managed to get my bags to me on the next plane. In the interim, we transferred people from the synagogue to the airport; I performed the circumcision in the airport chapel; they had brought food for the seudat mitzvah [mitzvah feast]; and there was enough time left for me to get on the last plane to Houston.”
Sam Apple, author of the delightful “Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria’s Jewish Past With Its Last Wandering Shepherd,” has just published a hilarious essay on the Los Angeles Times Web site about his search for a mohel to circumcise his son. The setup:
I did not want just anyone to cut my son’s penis. I wanted the best. And so when my wife, Jennifer, neared the end of her pregnancy, I decided to interview mohels. I had good reason to be nervous about ritual circumcisers. In 2004, three New York babies contracted herpes from a mohel, who, in keeping with an ultra-Orthodox Jewish tradition, used his mouth to draw blood from the wound. I had no intention of letting a mohel — or anyone else for that matter — put his mouth on my newborn son’s genitals, but the moral of the story was clear enough: If you’re going to chop off part of someone’s penis without asking permission, you’d better choose your chopper with care.