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Thank you for posting this awesome information! I had heard of a brit shalom but I’ve never found detailed info about the ceremony. My husband is Jewish and I am a Buddhist and we have both been divided on the subject of circumcision. My religion forbids infant circumcision (circumcising an infant for nonmedical reasons would violate ahimsa) and I’ve read several articles about Jewish infants contracting herpes from their mohels and dying. Plus, my husband has had issues with his circumcision over the years and has needed two corrective surgeries. I fear the risks and complications that come with circumcision. After reading your article and showing it to my husband, we both agree that a brit shalom would be a lovely and beautiful ceremony. We’ve even got my husband’s mother on board with the idea. Thank you again!
One of my friends on Facebook posted this article to their Timeline and it showed up in my newsfeed. I read it and I was so excited that I actually called my fiancé at work to tell him about it. My fiancé and I are expecting a boy in three weeks and neither of us support circumcision. I have a very personal reason to oppose circumcision because my younger brother died from it when I was 7 years old. I think I would lose my mind if I agreed to let my son be circumcised and then have him bleed to death like my brother did. Both my fiancé and I think it would completely idiotic and irresponsible of us to intentionally endanger our child’s life. While we had made the decision to not circumcise our son early on in my pregnancy, neither of us had any idea that a brit shalom existed. We had just planned on not having a ceremony at all. After I finished reading, I went to circumstitions.com to search for a rabbi to perform a brit shalom like your article suggested. There’s a rabbi that performs the brit shalom in our city! We’re going to call our regular rabbi first and see if he will perform the brit shalom. If he refuses, we’ll call the rabbi that I found on circumstitions.com and set up our son’s brit shalom with him. Toda raba. To all those reading this, the link to the brit shalom page is tinyurl.com/britshalom.
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