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  1. barry says:

    One notes, as well, that the single most widely observed ritual on the Jewish calendar is the Passover seder. According to every survey taken, it is observed more faithfully than Chanukah, even more than Yom Kippur, even among those who remain far from Judaism. To be sure, this “tribal rite”, as observed, may not be the seder of the Chacham [more often it’s that of the Sh’eino Yodea] but one is struck by the fact that not participating in the eating of the korban Pesach (which the seder commemorates) is one of only two mitzvot whose violation carries with it the penalty of karet/excision. The other? Brit Milah.

  2. Ori says:

    Circumcision isn’t all that remarkable in the US, since so many gentiles do it. Do assimilated Jews in other parts of the world still circumcise their children?

  3. SL says:

    Several years ago, one of the major academic bodies for pediatricians came out, yet again, against bris milah (circumcision), suggesting its own medical benefits were not important and that were potential dangers to bris milah. At the time, I wrote an article, as a physician, pointing out that Jews and Moslems and all those who believe in the spiritual necessity of circumcision will continue to circumcise their children–as the decision to do so is much more than a medical decision.

    I personally doubt that more a miniscule percentage of Jews will ever refrain from bris milah. Rabbi Shafran helps us understand why.

  4. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    Assimilated Jews from the former Soviet Union do not overwhelmingly practice brit milah. The arrival of a Russian Jew in either Israel or America is often the catalyst for that Jew to do a brit.

  5. reality check says:

    Our sages (Shabbat 130a) already wondered why brit milah is observed more universally than other mitzvot and propose an intriguing and quite telling answer: because it was accepted and observed with simchah (Rashi: accompanied by celebratory meal). By analogy we can relate the same to the seder. Much to be learned (and applied) from this!

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