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As if meeting your male mohel years later wasn’t awkward enough: Feminist Mohel Offers Unique Perspective on Circumcision Ban

Posted by Oyster on August 16, 2011

Let’s just hope they don’t learn about "metzitzah b’peh"!

A recent article from The Jewish Daily Forward was sent to me: ‘Elissa Strauss, of the site’s “The Sisterhood” blog, recently sat down with feminist mohel, Emily Blake, to discuss her views on the recent San Francisco circumcision ban debate. She said the proposed ban, which was recently struck down, infringed on everyone’s rights, including those who just wanted the procedure performed on their child, in addition to those who do so for religious reasons. She said, “I don’t believe that we do our children any service to force them to make such a physically painful decision down the line to feel comfortable living as a Jew.”

As a feminist, Blake has struggled with the concept that circumcision is a fundamental element of Judaism limited to men. However, she said Judaism is a matrilineal religion, so without females the religion would not continue. While women have been mohels for a very long time, Blake said they are a minority today.

Here is the link to the article: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/140879/


One Response to “As if meeting your male mohel years later wasn’t awkward enough: Feminist Mohel Offers Unique Perspective on Circumcision Ban”

  1. Lance Dichter said

    DO NOT use Dr. Emily Blake. We used her for my son’s bris in 2010 and she did a horrible job and left most of the foreskin on him. When I called her to tell her that three different pediatric urologists said that my son needed to have it redone, she basically shrugged and said something to the effect of “These things happen. It’s not the first time I’ve had this problem.” She took no responsibility and this is her CAREER. She didn’t even apologize. I DID NOT ask her for money nor did I mention it because money wasn’t and isn’t the issue. Having a conscience and taking responsibility are the issues. Now 1.5 years later, we’ve had to redo his circumcision at the hospital. My poor baby had to be put under anesthesia, will be bandaged and uncomfortable for a week. He can’t go in the water/pool for six weeks. She even twisted the skin and it had to be corrected. I hope no other mom (or dad) has to experience what we just went though.

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