I write health and wellness books. The book I am working on now is Circumcision: How an Ancient Ritual Became a Questionable Surgery Affecting Millions of Males Today — A Complete Analysis, so for the time being this site is focused on that topic.

A Jewish man… against circumcision

Male circumcision is the most important ritual in Judaism, so you might wonder whether I am a self-hating Jew or even an antisemite. My parents were Holocaust survivors; I’ve been beaten up for being a Jew and undoubtedly discriminated against in ways I’ll never know about. I love being Jewish.

I didn’t set out to write a book condemning circumcision. When I started my research, I was hoping for a title along the lines of The Wisdom of the Torah -– The Joy of Circumcision.

When I began investigating, I was astonished to find that there was only one pro-circumcision book. It was written by a mohel (Jewish circumciser) who was primarily concerned with the details of properly performing circumcision according to Jewish law.

Male circumcision is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world, yet there is a dearth of information on it. After analyzing books, medical journals, the Bible, videos, and other sources, I discovered why: there’s no religious or medical reason to do the surgery. And there’s little discussion of its harms, because nobody wants to draw attention to how common the problems are, so they are often ignored or intentionally hidden.

Not one medical organization recommends circumcision

Only the American Academy of Pediatrics (wrongly) says, “the benefits outweigh the risks,” but stops short of recommending it for all boys. And the United States is the only country in the world with high rates of medical circumcision (as opposed to ritual circumcision done for religious reasons.)

My book, at 600 endnotes, is the most comprehensive and documented guide to circumcision. It analyzes the circumcision views of all major religions. It also thoroughly examines the medical benefits and harms, and the financial incentives which keep the practice going. Check out my list of the pros and cons of circumcision for a concise summary.

I didn’t write this book to attack Jews, Muslims, doctors, or anyone else. I wrote it to save boys from a practice based on a tragic series of misjudgments, made by just a small group of men, a long time ago.