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  • Writer's pictureRav Hayim Leiter

Cutting Her Off at the Pass

Updated: 4 days ago

I almost never turn down a Bris. But a few years ago I received a call that was met with a resounding “No!”

“I have friends visiting Israel from Egypt,” a voice said in Hebrew. “They’d like to circumcise their daughter. Do you do that?”

“That is beyond forbidden,” I admonished the caller.

Even though I did my best to explain why this was so problematic, I couldn’t make the caller understand. The man insisted: “We circumcise our boys, and they circumcise their girls. What’s the big deal?” These, of course, are very different matters indeed.

Now, it appears that Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked is just as confused about the issue as my earlier caller was.

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