Our thanks to AVfM for this. Rabbi J Abraham is proud to declare publicly that he circumcised his own sons.
William Collins published a powerful article on Male Genital Mutilation – here. Given that this latest genital mutilator is Jewish, an extract from Collins’s piece seems particularly appropriate. It takes up the remainder of this blog piece:
The real reason for MGM.
This is how Moses Maimonides, the Jewish intellectual and physician, expressed it as early as 1135:
With regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally… How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from the outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is to that member? [My emphasis.]
In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished.
The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable. For if at birth this member has been made to bleed and has had its covering taken away from it, it must indubitably be weakened.
In my opinion, this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision. [My emphasis.] Jewish men, sexually subdued and readily controlled by their wives, don’t stray into mischief. The power of his member has been diminished so that he has no strength to lie with many lewd women.”