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But if he has been guilty of Chillul Hashem, then repentance has no power to suspend punishment, nor the Day of Atonement to procure atonement, nor suffering to finish it, but all of them together suspend the punishment and only death finishes it , as it is said : And the Lord of hosts revealed Himself in my ears; surely this iniquity shall not be expiated by you till you die. Yoma 86aI have already discussed the penchant to redefine Hillul HaShem once before. I am brought back to the subject now. Then it was tefillin(arguably according to some opinions a mitzvah d’rabbanan), now it is with brit mila. I said then and I will say again since when did following halakha or acting like a Jew become a hillul HaShem? Considering that just a little further on in the same general sugiya of Yoma it states, What constitutes a hillul Hashem?… Rav Yochanan said in my case if I walk four cubits without Torah or Tefillin. However people are now trying to argue that brit mila, what makes a man a Jew, is a hillul HaShem.
To give an example of what I speak:
The Greeks thought so as well, and try to do away with it. We fought a war over it, and have a minor holiday dedicated to the victory of that war, it is known a Hannukah. You can come with all of the rationalist, humanistic arguments that you wish. However in doing so you demonstrate only that you have departed fully from the faith of Judaism. Even the rationalist Rambam stated that only through mila is a Jew inducted into the thirteen britot of the Torah. I am not ignorant I know there is probably no medical value to a circumcision. However that is not the point of a brit. The point of a brit mila is as is expounded in the Tur Y”D 160 so that the Jew has a certain and eternal sign of the existence of HaShem in his very flesh.
Circumcision, or better know as( child mutilation, and torture) came from an ignorant ancient caveman religious beliefs. Circumcision is inconsistent with significant Jewish laws and values. For example, the human body must not be altered or marked. The Torah also prohibits the causing of pain to any living creature. Since circumcision causes extreme pain. Jewish values place ethical behavior above doctrine. Therefor circumcision is antihalachik and a chillul hashem of the first order.
The rejection of circumcision is by definition the rejection of HaShem. It is not circumcision that is the hillul HaShem here, it is fighting against Torah and HaShem to say that it is an aveira that is the real hillul HaShem. It is a free internet(mostly, and for now) so feel free to spread around your stupidity as much as you want. Just please spare me the stupidity of stating that following Torah is a hillul HaShem. Truthfully what I find most appalling is not the secular humanists who want to fight against brit mila. As I have already said, this is not the first time that has happened. What truly appalls me is the sheer number of people who call themselves Jews who are willing to lay down and take it. To go with the flow.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Apparently the video of the brit has really kicked off some interest. I would first like to thank all of my Roman Catholic brethren for their thoughtful and insightful four letter explicative filled comments slinging around words like child abuse and eternal damnation. Most brilliant were your many citations of varying Vatican decrees and papers. Truly it was an education in the diversity of usage possible with the F-word as well as the beauty of intolerance and various bigotry. So please bear with me while I respond.
First many civilized Western societies perform clinical circumcisions for various health reasons. A medical procedure, which I have viewed as part of my training takes between 15-20min to perform. The way it is done causes damage to the organ that takes up to 6 weeks to heal. Jewish ritual circumcision from start to finish takes about five minutes as demonstrated in the film(and I was going slow as it was my first actual procedure). The way it is done, we can(unlike the medical procedure) apply a local anesthetic immediately afterward(as well a giving the child pain meds an hour before). A properly done brit mila takes only two to three weeks to completely heal. Really considering that nothing was done that wouldn't be done as a matter of course in many civilized Western nations, calling me a barbarian is really kind of anachronistic.
Now on to the claims of child abuse. Really? This coming from Roman Catholics... Considering the seemingly weekly headlines of clergy child abuse and the Vatican endorsed sport of "Hide the Molester" I can only say that I was dumbfounded when I first read those comments. Friends, I mean this in the best possible way: look to your own house as there is plenty there to keep you busy for quite some time. However putting the less than stellar track record aside(or at least not overly dwelling on it). In case you hadn't noticed throughout this blog(or the Youtube channel) we are JEWS. So I commend you on your scholarship in relation to your own religion, however once again I am a JEW. My forefather made his way in the world by smashing idols, what in the world makes you think I would consider the opinion of men who build and bow down to idols of made of of wood and stone? As far as my child being now permanently cut off from your religion and the salvation supposedly only found there, do you really expect me to think that a bad thing? If you could do some minor act prescribed as necessary by your religion and thus ensure that your own child would never become a Hindu or Muslim, would that exclusion deter you or give you added incentive? Just food for thought.