The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite

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According to Jewish law, the ritual practice of circumcising male infants signals the male child’s entry into the covenant his forefather Abraham made with God. Circumcision, now a common medical procedure for male infants in the United States, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Some medical professionals have challenged its purported health benefits, ethicists have raised concerns about the degree of pain involved, and Jewish feminists have questioned the implications of a covenantal rite ...

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According to Jewish law, the ritual practice of circumcising male infants signals the male child’s entry into the covenant his forefather Abraham made with God. Circumcision, now a common medical procedure for male infants in the United States, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Some medical professionals have challenged its purported health benefits, ethicists have raised concerns about the degree of pain involved, and Jewish feminists have questioned the implications of a covenantal rite centered on the male genitals. The sixteen essays in this volume, by exploring the history, cultural interpretations, and contemporary significance of circumcision from a Jewish perspective, make a major contribution to the informed discussion of current issues and controversies.

Framed by Elizabeth Wyner Mark’s introduction and section prologues, the volume is divided into three distinct sections. “Reading the Texts,” a series of richly conceptualized essays, places circumcision in contexts ranging from patriarchal narrative to psychoanalysis and kabbalistic esotericism. “Cultural Markings” offers a chronological look at attitudes toward circumcision in Europe during the Roman Empire through the early twentieth century. “Contemporary Voices,” the most intimate section, delves into recent debates about circumcision in the United States, Hungary, and Israel and provides three different rabbinic perspectives. An imaginative epilogue bringing together the voices of rabbis and scholars with opposing views concludes this remarkable volume.

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... Mark's excellent introduction is followed by a superb collection of essays by some of the most distinguished scholars in the field of Jewish studies. There is no volume that covers the topic of circumcision so thoroughly, and it will serve an academic audience thirsty for substantial and provocative interpretations of this hotly contested Jewish ritual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584653066
  • Publisher: Brandeis University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH WYNER MARK (d. 2006) was a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. A clinical psychologist, she was formerly a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Supervisor at McLean Hospital. In recent years she had been exploring the application of psychotherapeutic modes of understanding to the study of biblical texts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Crossing the Gender Divide: Public Ceremonies, Private Parts, Mixed Feelings
Wounds, Vows, Emanations: A Phallic Trope in the Patriarchal Narrative 3
Foreskin Sacrifice: Zipporah's Ritual and the Bloody Bridegroom 18
A Brief History of Jewish Circumcision Blood 30
The Cut of Wholeness: Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Biblical Circumcision 43
Circumcision, Secrecy, and the Veiling of the Veil: Phallomorphic Exposure and Kabbalistic Esotericism 58
Circumcision and Castration under Roman Law in the Early Empire 75
Brit Milah: A Study of Change in Custom 87
Depicting the Ambiguous Wound: Circumcision in Medieval Art 98
Circumcision and Baptism: The Development of a Jewish Ritual in Christian Europe 114
Christian Travelers to the Circumcision: Early Modern Representations 128
Circumcision and Modern Jewish Life: A German Case Study, 1843-1914 142
Circumscribed Circumcision: The Motivations and Identities of Israeli Parents Who Choose Not to Circumcise Their Sons 161
Circumcision in Hungary after the Shoah 177
Three Rabbinic Perspectives
A Plea for Inclusion 188
A Covenant Above Reason 194
Noam's Bris 197
Epilogue: A Medley of Women's Voices 201
Notes 205
Contributors 245
Index 247
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