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Judaism & Circumcision Resources


Counseling Couples in Disagreement about Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective

Circumcision From the Perspective of Protecting Children

Biblical Circumcision Information

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion: Circumcision (CIRP) 

Circumcision Then and Now (CIRP)

Jewish Mother on Circumcision

The Intactivist Movement Within Judaism [additional resources that extend beyond the scope of this page]


Celebrating Brit Shalom

Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective

Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic Judaism

Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

A Measure of His Grief

Circumcision: A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery

Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma

Circumcision: The Rest of the Story

Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma

CUT: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision [video]

CUT Video Website

Alternative Bris Options:

Many Jewish parents today are electing to have a Brit Shalom in place of a brit milah [circumcision ceremony]. For more information, and to talk with other Jewish parents electing this for their sons, see:


Informational cards available from the Intact Jewish Network

Additional resources on the functions of the foreskin and circumcision:



  1. I have shown the film CUT and will do it again.

    Bravo to folks compassionate and smart enough to end this "tradition" for one that is peaceful and kind.

    Judaism is made stronger by such people.

    I was born a Jew - but I have intact sons.

    -"David Of Israel"

  2. Wonderful resources, thank you.

    Have you come across any resources for parents who have one circumcised son and are expecting a second son? I have seen an article somewhere about dealing with two boys who look different but can't find it.

  3. Anon (March 28) - there are several resources for parents with both a circumcised and intact son here:


  5. It's a shame you don't choose the middle path of returning to the biblical circumcision. The Karaites still do it and they say it's such a simple procedure the baby doesn't even bleed. That way you can keep your son in the covenant of Avraham Avinu and not mutilate his foreskin. That's what I plan on doing with my sons in the future. Non-Jews have no reason to circumcise and it's bizarre to me why they do... if I weren't Jewish I wouldn't touch anything on my child...

  6. The link for the list of Brit Shalom celebrants is out of date. It is now (Your link will still go there, after a delay.)