chapter  11
Circumcision and Biblical Narrative
ByMelvin R. Lansky, Benjamin Kilborne
Pages 16

The practice of circumcision as a Jewish ritual reconfirming the covenant of Abraham has remained ubiquitous, not only among observant Jews, but among Jews who have given up synagogue affiliation, dietary laws, and observation of the Sabbath. Stripped of its ostensible religious meanings, circumcision has become a widely practiced, neonatal surgical procedure practiced by Jews and non-Jews alike.