Being Jewishly Active While Opting Out

Embracing Diversity Jewish institutions have made great strides to welcome and include diverse participants. This is not only the right thing to do; it makes for inviting and vibrant communities to which people can bring their authentic selves. We typically don’t think of ritual diversity in the same way that we think of other kinds…

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Understanding the Choice Not to Circumcise

Most Jews regard circumcision as a given. For the devout, it’s the fulfilment of a divine commandment, an act of faith. For many others, regardless of their beliefs, circumcision remains a powerful statement among the Jewish people. Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have reflected on the benefits. Moses Maimonides felt it kept sexual desire in…

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What Is Brit Shalom?

When a new Jewish baby comes into the family, it’s prime time to gather and celebrate. Traditionally, on the eighth day of life, babies assigned male at birth have a brit milah where they’re circumcised and given their Hebrew name. But what about families opting out of circumcision? Brit shalom encompasses a variety of ceremonies…

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