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.