Monday, November 20, 2006

Metzitzah Be-Feh VIII

The latest issue of Jewish Action has two excellent articles on metzitzah be-feh, one by R. Daniel Korobkin and another by Dr. Mordechai Halperin. Granted, the articles come about a year and a half late, but they still add to the discussion. In particular, Dr. Halperin informs us of some of the political/meta-halakhic considerations in Israel -- it seems that there is a strong anti-circumcision movement there. If anything, his article highlights why we need to receive halakhic guidance from decisors who are familiar with the situation in our locale rather than dashing off to Israel whenever we have a question.

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