There's more than one way to circumcise a baby, and the modern Jewish family seems to have solved multiple issues. First, there's the rabbi that insists that God said circumcision was necessary, but pain was not. You go, rabbi! But the biggest new trend for the modern Jewish family is not circumcising at all. Nope, not at all.
Now this kind of reminds me of when my girlfriend had a baby, then three years later I did, and she was all, "What's up with BPA-free?" The point being, we're all trying our best and we're all working with what we've got. And what the modern Jewish couple with reservations about circumcision has that their friends did not a few years ago is the Brit Shalom. Which is a bris, without the cut.
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times -- please make up your own mind about circumcising your baby. It's your decision, it's all about your family discussions, religion, culture, sooo many things. But say you're Jewish, and you feel strongly about the covenant with God that is sealed with circumcision, but you're not sure you want to do that to your new baby boy. That, my Hebrew friends, is a predicament.
As a mixed religious family, this was a big issue in our house. I wish I'd known about this amazing solution for the conflicted Jewish family. I think it could solve some conflicts on the topic, although I'm not here to tell you what to do. Seriously! I will NOT tell you what to do when it comes to your baby boy's penis.
Also, the story about the traditional bris in this article is actually completely inspiring. But if you're lucky enough to find a rabbi that offers the ceremony without the cut, go for the Brit Shalom. It sounds RAD.
What did you do about circumcising?
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