Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rabbi David Wolpe's verses on circumcision

A poem by Rabbi David Wolpe on the German court's decision on circumcision, published in the Washington Post:
In Germany there is a move
To outlaw circumcision.
I take to verse to summarize
This outrage with concision. 
The WHO recommends
That no male miss a bris
The snip that saves, WHO raves
Does not diminish bliss. 
Far from disfigurement, it is
A sacred, ancient rite.
A covenant crossing untold ages
Father Abraham’s requite. 
And yet, today, in Germany
--the ironies abound--
This Jewish practice meets a sanction
Where once indeed was found 
Many who were circumcised
And versed in Jewish lore.
Perhaps the Germans have forgotten
For they are there no more. 
Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the author of seven books including, Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times and his latest, Why Faith Matters.

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