Circumcision
(1,820 words)

Ritual removal of the foreskin of the phallus (Hebr. brit milah) according to the rule in biblical law and its rabbinical extension (Halakhah). Circumcision has experienced diverse interpretations and has been at the center of debates on Jewish affiliation since antiquity. It represents one of the most important elements of Jewish distinction from a histo…

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Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert, Palo Alto, “Circumcision”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 21 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0086>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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