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Metzitzah B’peh Circumcision Ritual Inconsistent With Jewish Principles

Lisa Braver Moss | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Lisa Braver Moss

In recent weeks, a controversial Jewish circumcision practice gained the national spotlight after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that New York infants contracted genital herpes following ritual circumcision.

City Proposes Waivers For Controversial Circumcision Ritual

Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

In light of the shocking report linking newborn babies with herpes infections in the weeks after undergoing Metzitzah B'peh circumcisions, the city's ...

The Tipping Point

Mimi Hecht | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Mimi Hecht

Though I was not immune to the speculation that circumcision could possibly be harmful to my baby, I felt deeply that G-d was looking out for my son's reproductive organ.

Circumcision: The Movie

Michael Solomon | Posted 05.10.2012 | Comedy
Michael Solomon

I suppose we'll never know exactly how the first circumcision pitch went, though it's outcome may partially explain why all these millennia later, so many of us are drawn to the movie business.

Are Uncircumcised Men Better In Bed?

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.26.2012 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Since that first relationship with an uncircumcised man, I've gone on to do more, er, field research, and I've anecdotally found that the intact make fabulous lovers. Here's why.

Catherine Pearson

Have Researchers Found A New Benefit Of Circumcision? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Men who undergo circumcision may have a decreased risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a new study. The finding suggests that the removal ...

Baby Dies After Controversial Circumcision Ritual

Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion

A baby died at a New York hospital in September after contracting herpes from a controversial circumcision ritual. The infant died at Maimonides H...

Finally, A Movie About Circumcisions

Posted 02.01.2012 | Arts

Filmmaker and photographer Jeffrey Braverman takes a deeper look at San Francisco's recently proposed circumcision ban in a promising new documentary ...

NYPD Officer Uses Circumcised Penis To Prove His Innocence

Posted 01.25.2012 | New York

A former NYPD officer accused of flashing a female prisoner in 2010 is pointing to details below the belt in order to prove his innocence and maybe ev...

Circumcision: Identity, Gender And Power

Miriam Pollack | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Miriam Pollack

Circumcision is seen as the central commandment of Judaism. What I intend to do here is to show that cutting out a portion of a child's genitalia is fundamentally about gender and power.

To End AIDS, the World Needs a Plan

Mitchell Warren | Posted 02.05.2012 | Impact
Mitchell Warren

Last Thursday, on World AIDS Day, President Obama threw the full weight of the U.S. government behind a vision that would have seemed outlandish until now: The end of the global AIDS epidemic.

Terror Suspect Tried To Circumcise Himself

Posted 11.22.2011 | New York

Jose Pimentel, the 'lone wolf' terrorist arrested for plotting to blow up police stations and postal offices with homemade bombs, smoked marijuana wit...

13 Biggest Sex Conspiracies | David Moye | Posted 01.02.2012 | Weird News

Go ahead and Google "sex" (as if you haven't already done so in the past hour); you'll find 2.8 billion results ranging from scientific discussion to ...

The Importance Of Circumcision In Jewish Law

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

There are few aspects of Jewish life that have been debated as heatedly as circumcision. It's physical. It's permanent. It effects an area of the body that most people today won't even discuss in proper company.

Governor Signs Bill To Halt Circumcision Bans

Associated Press | Posted 12.02.2011 | Parents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Associated Press) — California's governor has signed a bill that that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcis...

Fighting AIDS: At the Tipping Point

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

Thirty years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the U.S., the world finds itself at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly disease. For the first time, grounded in scientific evidence, our efforts can put us within reach of an AIDS-free generation.

Castration Ethics

Priya Malhotra | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

Stealing a patient's penis without his permission -- regardless of the vegetable it resembles -- seems pretty harmful to me.

I'm With Stupid: Go Ahead, He Probably Won't Even Know It's Gone

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.29.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Imagine going into a hospital for a circumcision at the age of 60-something like Phillip Seaton did back in 2007. Imagine, then, how Seaton must have felt when he awoke to find... wait for it... wait for it... his penis had been amputated.

Circumcise Or Don't? A Parent's Dilemma | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents

Before giving birth to her first son three years ago, Allison Manley, now 40, gave a lot of thought to childbirth (she wanted a drug-free delivery), d...

Mom Gets Probation After Bible-Inspired Botched Circumcision

Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion

By Helen Jung Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A 30-year-old Portland woman who botched a home circumcision of her 3-month-old son has b...

Captain Israel vs. Foreskin Man

John Shore | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
John Shore

As you might expect, Captain Israel has issues with Foreskin Man. And here's the proof.

ACLU Joins Effort To Fight Circumcision Ban

Posted 09.17.2011 | San Francisco

By Christina Jewett The ACLU of Northern California filed a court brief Friday supporting an effort to block a ballot measure that would ban juveni...

Jewish Circumcision Foes Sit Out San Francisco Ban Efforts

Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Though national and local Jewish groups have strongly condemned San Francisco's proposed ban ...

The Torah, The Constitution, And The 4th Of July

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

The Constitution must never be allowed to become an idol, just as the Torah must never be allowed to become an idol.

Proposed Circumcision Ban Is Bad For Religion And Medicine

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Most American Jews and Muslims are circumcised for religious reasons, and as many as three quarters of all American males are circumcised medically. Clearly not everyone is listening to circumcision's detractors.