No Longer On The Cutting Edge?

This post first appeared as “Will Circumcision Become Illegal in San Francisco?” on the “Shmooze” blog of the Forward.

milah instruments

There are some Jews who say that in the 21st century, performing a brit milah (ritual circumcision) on a baby boy is neither desirable nor necessary. For San Francisco residents, however, there is a chance that it may also become illegal. In the city known for being on the cutting edge of many trends, a mohel’s knife may no longer be welcome, no matter how sharp it is.

Although it is not at all certain that a measure banning circumcisions proposed by city resident and anti-circumcision activist Lloyd Schofield will be passed — or even make it onto the ballot next November — San Francisco mohels might want to start thinking about setting up shop outside the city limits, just in case.

Click here to read more and to watch a CBS news report video clip.

© 2010 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.



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4 Responses to “No Longer On The Cutting Edge?”

  1. Restoring Tally Says:

    A ban on circumcision cannot come soon enough. Too many parents forget that their sons are people who may wish to grow up with their whole sex organ. I sure wish I had not been circumcised when I was born. IT is my body, my choice.

  2. A Jewish Male Opposing Circumcision Says:

    …Some Jews feel the time has come for a symbolic bris without surgery.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity
    * Jews Against Circumcision
    * Jews for the Rights of the Child
    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D.
    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D.
    * Beyond the Bris: Jewish Parenting Blog

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