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Yishai presents a fascinating audio piece from the BBC about the issue of the legality of circumcision in Germany.  Be sure to tune in to stay informed!


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Moshe Herman has been actively involved in Israel activism since founding the first pro-Israel student organization at Boise State University in 2007. He has been a member of several panels and discussion groups with topics ranging from interfaith dialogue in the Middle East to Israel’s importance as a Jewish state. Herman joined The Yishai Fleisher Show at the beginning of 2012 and currently resides in Jerusalem after making Aliyah in July 2013.


  1. We don't execute adulterous women or people who work on the sabbath anymore, the way we are commanded to in the Torah. We don't sacrifice animals and do burnt offerings on mountaintops or in temples anymore the way we did for generations, the way we are commanded to in the Torah. We have changed, adapted, and adjusted to modern societies. It is time to stop circumcising unconsenting babies.

    If people want to be circumcised as some sign of piety, they can choose to do so once they reach adulthood. But it is wrong to permanently mark children's bodies with the signs of a faith they have no concept of, and no consent to. It is time for Jews to evolve on this issue as we have on so many others.

  2. It is one thing to circucise at eight days. It entirely another matter to circumcise when the boy is fourteen or eighteen. Has anyone honestly been able to claim that there are tramatised adults because of their circumcision? I certainly can't recall my eighth day. Can you?

  3. Thing is, if you are an adult, you 1) CHOOSE to enter into the covenant, of your own free will; 2) you can have a circumcision done with ample anesthesia, including general anesthesia, and take appropriate pain medications, including codeine, morphine, or other narcotics to manage your pain (which are not given to neonates); 3) someone will explain to you exactly how the procedure will be done. So no, an adult will NOT be traumatised. A newborn infant, alive for only a few days, who has no idea about what/ why is happening and to whom it is impossible to explain that this is his parents' religion, and as such, he must abide by them, WILL BE TRAUMATIZED.

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