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The Talmud as Fossil Record of Ancient, Everyday Jewish Life and Idioms

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ study, why vows are hardly sacred, and why circumcision is the most glorious of rituals

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We Need To Talk About Foreskin Facials

Treatment uses stem cells from infants to regenerate adult skin

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Berlin Exhibit Explores Ritual Circumcision

Jewish Museum shows custom in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian contexts

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CDC: Benefits of Circumcision Outweigh Risks

Study finds circumcision protects against STDs without diminishing pleasure

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To Cut or Not To Cut: Finding Alternatives to Circumcision

New rituals create ways to symbolically acknowledge Jews’ covenant with God without actually circumcising infants

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Norway Passes Law Protecting Circumcision

New legislation on the religious practice goes against the European grain

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Bas Relief Depicts Circumcision in Ancient Egypt

Relic from 2400 BCE  believed to be the oldest illustration of the ritual

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The Anti-Semitic Hungarian Politician’s Bris

Former right-winger gets ‘really serious’ about his unexpected Jewish heritage

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Why Alicia Silverstone Didn’t Give Her Son a Bris

It would mean “God made the body imperfect,” the actress argues in new book

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Circumcision Coverage Back on the Table

Several states reexamining their policies on public funding of circumcisions

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Suit: Mohel Severed Newborn’s Penis During Bris

Boy’s parents suing Pittsburgh rabbi for botched circumcision

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Landmark Study: Circumcision Doesn’t Reduce Sexual Pleasure

Will European health officials take note?

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Norway Planning New Circumcision Legislation

Health ministry to introduce 2014 legislation to ‘regulate ritual circumcision’

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The Lorde Parody You Never Knew You Needed

University of Maryland a cappella group sings ‘Mohels’ instead of ‘Royals’

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The Pro-Israel, Pro-Circumcision Lobby

Israeli-made bloodless circumcision device aims to eradicate AIDS

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Birth Right

You wouldn’t expect that the tractate on Shabbat would be the place to discuss circumcision. You’d be wrong.

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Jewish Life Booms in Cologne

As immigrants revive the German city’s historic community, new ideas emerge about Jewish engagement

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Religious Revolution in Israel

Can an unlikely alliance of renegade rabbis and right-wing politicians strip the ultra-Orthodox of their power?

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Mayor Bloomberg Enrages Orthodox Jews

Not for the normal reasons though

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The Campaign Against Scandinavian Jewry

Troubling news from Sweden, Denmark, and Finland

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Marine Le Pen’s Insane Kippah Ban Defense

Far-right French leader has got some repenting to do

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Don’t Fight Circumcision Law

A lawsuit against New York’s ‘oral suction’ law is misguided—and would backfire against the ultra-Orthodox

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NYC Panel to Regulate Circumcision Rite

Consent forms will be required for ‘metzitzah b’peh’

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The Crown Jew

If Prince Harry’s parents bucked the royal tradition of using mohels, will it inflame the circumcision war?

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Leading Pediatric Group Endorses Circumcision

American Academy of Pediatrics approves the procedure in new statement

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Rabbi Sued for Performing a Bris in Germany

Following June’s controversial court ruling a doctor sues a rabbi

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Circumcision Battle Coming to Scandinavia

A growing attachment to the male umlaut

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The Sacred Rite of Circumcision

Germany’s challenge to Jewish tradition focuses on individual rights, but what about our bodies’ sanctity?

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And Now Back to American Circumcision

Michael Bloomberg enters the Metzitzah B’peh fray

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Daybreak: Presbyterians Veer From Divestment

Plus Syria only gets worse, and more in the news