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      Der Roman handelt von einem jüdischen Mann, der gegen Beschneidung ankämpft und hierbei gerade noch stärker seine jüdische Identität für sich entdeckt.

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      Lisa Braver Moss's The Measure of His Grief has special meaning for me. Twenty-four years ago, I and my husband were Conservative Jewish parents who chose not to circumcise their son. This was an excruciatingly painful decision to make because Judaism is important to us, yet I had reason to believe that circumcision runs counter to our injunction not to harm any living thing. I used to teach in Hebrew day schools in Montreal. The baby brother of one of my Israeli colleague's died after his bris when he acquired an infection and subsequent fulminating septicemia. The brother of another acquaintance had been institutionalized his whole life for the same reason: he didn't die, but was left brain-damaged. I realized that a circumcision was not equivalent to "cutting fingernails" as my parents and so many Jews had told me. It is surgery, and potentially dangerous. I prayed not to have a boy so I wouldn't have to become a heretic.

      In Ms. Braver Moss's novel, a physician, Sandor Waldman, begins to question his own circumcision when he experiences genital pain after his father's death. Throughout, this page-turner of a novel, Dr. Waldman begins to challenge circumcision with accurate information and data, against the unscientific assumptions and bromides of circumcision's supporters. Lisa Braver Moss achieved writing a book that can change minds while being exciting and not didactic. In the end, Dr. Waldman becomes more immersed in Judaism than before he questioned circumcision. Lisa Braver Moss has created a vehicle that will allow Jews to discuss circumcision sanely, clearly, and hopefully without rancor.

      As for my son...he identifies as Jewish more than many young Jewish men his age. He's been and continues to be involved in Hillel, has been a volunteer with the army in Israel, worked for a Jewish organization. studied Hebrew at college, been bar mitzvahed, goes to Torah study on Saturdays, is an advocate for Israel through Hasbara training. The dire prediction was that, left intact, he would not identify as a Jew. The opposite is true. Somewhat as it was for Dr. Sandor Waldman.
    • Vielen Dank für den Hinweis! Ich habe mir das Buch heruntergeladen und werde es in den nächsten Tagen lesen.

      Hier nochmal eine Inhaltsangabe:

      "Sandy Waldman, a Jewish physician, is sitting shiva for his father in Berkeley, when he feels a strange pain in his penis. When he can find no medical explanation, he decides that the problem is circumcision and becomes an obsessive crusader against brit milah. He even tries to undo his own milah. His new activism costs him his marriage, leads to estrangement with his daughter, and destroys his career. It does, ironically, lead him back to Torah study as he searches religious texts to understand the tradition better. He has an adult Bar Mitzvah, at which he reads parashah Korach, which deals with one of Judaism’s fiercest rebels. The author of this book is an activist in the circumcision debate, but she treats the issue with respect and even a touch of humor. A discussion with an Orthodox mohel, a feminist woman rabbi who still considers the ritual important, a liberal cantor, and a “conscientious objector” (a Jewish woman searching for a brit without the milah) is very civil, probably more civil than many real-life debates on the subject. This book will lead to interesting discussions at book group meetings. It is a good addition to collections for public libraries and liberal synagogues."


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      Falls sich jemand für die innerjüdische Diskussion über die rituelle Beschneidung interessiert, ist die Autorin, die seit 20 Jahren gegen die Beschneidung "anschreibt", eine wahre Fundgrube.

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      "Man muss diese versteinerten Verhältnisse dadurch zum Tanzen zwingen, dass man ihnen ihre eigne Melodie vorsingt!" K.M.
    • Ich habe das Buch mittlerweile gelesen. Letztlich handelt es sich um den Versuch, die Beschneidungsdebatte in Romanform darzustellen: was sagt z.B. ein gläubiger Jude, wenn ich ihn mit medizinischen Erkenntnissen konfrontiere, oder ihm sage, dass Beschneidung ein überholtes "archaisches" Ritual sei. Neue Argumente bzw. Aspekte konnte ich nicht entdecken. Manche Argumente gegen die Beschneidung sind sehr "diplomatisch" und vorsichtig formuliert.
      Da der Roman komplett in der jüdischen Welt spielt, könnte er vielleicht Juden zum Nachdenken bringen, die Argumente grundsätzlich schon allein deswegen ablehnen, weil sie von Nicht-Juden kommen.

      Der Knackpunkt des Buches dreht sich um die keineswegs nur von orthodoxen Juden geäusserte tiefe Überzeugung, dass das Judentum ohne die Tradition der Beschneidung dem Untergang geweiht ist, so, als würde es eigentlich keine andere "Klammer" für die jüdische Identität geben. Angesichts dieses archaischen Untergangsszenarios wird einigermassen verständlich, warum Juden z.B. die Diskussion über EMLA-Salbe für eigentlich völlig bedeutungslos halten. So gesehen begreifen sich Juden immer noch als "Stammeskollektiv", das für sein Überleben (fast) jeden Preis zu zahlen bereit ist.
      "Man muss diese versteinerten Verhältnisse dadurch zum Tanzen zwingen, dass man ihnen ihre eigne Melodie vorsingt!" K.M.