Thank you for sharing the creation of a healthy child with us. Thank you for creating me as I am so that I am able to share in bringing forth new life into the world.
We are gathered here to fulfill Your commandment of Lit. Covenant of circumcision. As a sign of the covenant, God commanded Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants. An infant boy is circumcised on the eighth day of his life, often at home or in synagogue. A festive meal follows.. But I find no joy in fulfilling this commandment. I come to you in protest as Abraham is the first patriarch and the father of the Jewish people. He is the husband of Sarah and the father of Isaac and Ishmael. God's covenant - that we will be a great people and inherit the land of Israel - begins with Abraham and is marked by his circumcision, the first in Jewish history. His Hebrew name is Avraham. did when you told him you were going to destroy S’dom and G’mora.
I have chosen a loving way of life, which is expressed in part by not killing your creations for my food, and I am offended that you command me to cause my child to suffer. How can you create us with a loving and empathic nature, which helps us to be good parents and then command us to submit our infants to the pain and distress of Lit. Covenant. Judaism is defined by the covenant - the contract between the Jewish people and God. God promises to make us abundant and to give us the land of Israel; we promise to obey God's commandments. This covenant begins with Abraham and is reiterated throughout the Torah. A brit milah, literally a covenant of circumcision, is often simply called a brit or bris. Milah? As a parent I can understand that it is sometimes necessary to hurt or distress our children for their own good, but how does my 8 day-old infant benefit from Brit Milah? I cannot submit my child to this because I believe he will benefit from it. Do you or I or anyone else benefit from this? If there is some unforeseen good from Brit Milah for parents or friends or relatives of the community, then there must be a better way to A writ of divorce. Traditionally, only a man can grant his wife a get. Liberal Jews have amended this tradition, making divorce more egalitarian. it than through the discomfort and distress of an infant who cannot understand. If it is our pain and distress that is of value, why involve an innocent third party?
Why do I submit my child to this Brit Milah? I have neither the faith in you nor knowledge of you that Abraham did. I submit my child to this because I was raised to believe that your commandments are given to us for our benefit, and that they are righteous and just. I submit him because I am too weak to stand before the community and say this is senseless cruelty, which I will not participate in. I submit him because I hope there is more to this than I can see or understand. God, help our people to outgrow this commandment just as we have outgrown animal sacrifices. God, if you cannot send an angel to stop the Ritual circumciser. The person who performs the brit milah for a baby boy. as you stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son Abraham and Sarah's much-longed-for son and the second Jewish patriarch. Isaac is nearly sacrificed by his father at God's command (Genesis 22). He is married to Rebecca and is the father of Esau and Jacob. His Hebrew name is Yitzchak., then comfort my son as he is submitted to your command.
Used by permission of author, January 1989