High energy defense of the right to embrace and to transmit Jewish identity
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Minimum age on religion
To introduce a minimum 16 years for male circumcision will mean that we put a stop to Judaism in Norway .
Published on 14 April 2014 , at. 8:16
By Nicholas Kahn
Child Ombudsman Anne Lindboe and her Nordic colleagues want a minimum age for male circumcision . The proposal is controversial , Norwegian Muslims and Jews argue for religious freedom and the right to exercise a practice that has been going on for thousands of years , while Lindmo and her colleagues’ main arguments is that the procedure lacks medical indication and that it violates children’s rights. At the same time encouraged a respectful dialogue between government and communities in order to be informing children about their rights .
I’m not particularly religious and I am more than happy to support medical – ethical thinking when I consider what is good and proper health care . I’m not the observing the Sabbath , I eat bacon with enthusiasm and relate to Jewish custom and culture in an inadequate way . So why do I feel so provoked the proposal to introduce a minimum age for male circumcision , or the Ombudsman so fine puts it : “Let the boys decide for themselves whether they shall be circumcised ” ( Joint statement from the Nordic children’s ombudsmen and children medical experts , 2013 ) ?
As a Jew, I applaud that the debate be taken . I see it as one of society’s most important tasks is to safeguard the rights of children , and getting a respectful and constructive dialogue on the subject testify to a society that is both tolerant and development. Ritual male circumcision is not medically indicated . I fully agree with that the potential medical arguments for ritual male circumcision is easily countered by the fact that we ‘ve got soap and contraceptives , and to charge the public health care system with this task , I understand arouses reactions. Maybe the private health care system can see their opportunity to nip in ( a pun ) ? My problem is that as a Jew I must be circumcised in order to be able to call myself a Jew. It gives me a dilemma .
The Ombudsman has in her good intentions succeeded in creating a debate that is made to induce shame in minority groups. Not enough with that one tries to assimilate immigrants and other cultural minorities to the best of Norwegian costume stitching , but should therefore be accused to commit child abuse and barbarism to exercise their religious duty and inheritance. To think of what really communicated My parents committed a violation of my human rights and the Children’s rights convention when I was circumcised . Primarily because I was not asked as 8 days old , but also because I got hurt . For some reason, the pain has become our society’s greatest problem. Could it be that I could stand the pain ? Could it be that the emotional pain of not being a part of the Jewish would have been bigger? Or could it be that the shame I feel about being circumcised , the physical representation of barbarism between the legs is even more harmful? Maybe I ‘d rather chosen to have a pain in a day or two as a baby than not being able to be proud Norwegian Jew?
The need for belonging is an urgent need that the Ombudsman should not take lightly. In the minority , this is a particular challenge and when the Ombudsman communicates what she does, it worries me what this does to the self-image of these minority children . Will the kids be able to feel proud about being circumcised , or will they now be met with criticism and disgust ? How will these guys have for the gym when they shower , they will feel the need to cover up to hide their parents’ barbarism ? Will they dare to show themselves naked for his first girlfriend in adolescence ? Will they feel proud about being circumcised or will they feel shame ? The strength of social rejection is potent, and children are particularly vulnerable to this power ; a child’s reaction will always be to find a way to get out of shame position so that you can once again find acceptance and unconditional love. In this context, the solution either to reject the minority , or the distance from the majority. The need for acceptance of the other is so potent that children go extremely far. As a Jew means in practice that one must choose between Judaism or “the Norwegian “.
Dang it, I am so glad that I did not have to decide for myself when I was 16 years old. If I were a non- circumcised Jewish male , which by definition is a paradoxical condition , I would easily have chosen to say no . As a 16 year old would have been too concerned that my penis was not tampered with in different purpose than orgasm. Do not talk about that a doctor or other scalpel educated person should have cut the penis with the intention of giving me a sense of community , belonging and opportunity for participation in the Messianic time if it would come in my lifetime . As a 16 year old would have prioritized it away , no doubt. And as an adult , I had certainly not bear to execute the procedure, I would not had an association with the Jewish indicating that I would bear to implement a procedure that would give me pain and soreness for a week. The need to protect my penis would come at the expense of my Judaism . Penis or God , it is a fairly simple priority for a poor secular . And by prioritizing my penis , I’d prioritized away Judaism.
For me the choice is easy. Being Norwegian Jew is something that has always been fundamental to me, to be circumcised has been a source of pride, not shame. My parents did not perform an abuse of me when I was circumcised , but they gave me the opportunity to explore the duality I am born in. But I’d chosen the age of 16 would likely choice over circumcision , a choice that in reality would have been about to opt out of Judaism. I would not could have been Mizwah Bar ( confirmation ) , participated in religious rituals or member of a Jewish congregation before the age of 16 years and in all that time I should have had training in my background and identity , I would not have gotten the opportunity to get this training and socialization . Belonging to the Jewish ‘d been pulverized . I would therefore not have felt Jewish, and therefore would never let me circumcised .
To introduce a minimum 16 years for male circumcision will mean that will put an end to Judaism in Norway . Is that what we want?