An open wound: The heated debate surrounding circumcision

The medical benefits of circumcisions are not so convincing.

December 21, 2017 16:18
A ‘MOHEL’ holds a scalpel as he performs a circumcision

A ‘MOHEL’ holds a scalpel as he performs a circumcision. (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS)

In 21st-century secular Israel – in which a religious wedding ceremony, for instance, is no longer necessarily seen as a must – three main arguments can still be heard in favor of brit mila (the Jewish ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised).

The first is the religious one, according to which the belief in God compels parents to circumcise their son.


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