The Rabbinical Assembly, in cooperation with The Jewish Theological Seminary, is again offering a course for physicians, entitled "Brit Kodesh, A Sacred Covenant: A Conference on Brit Milah." Qualified physicians and health care practitioners who are clinically trained and highly experienced in medical circumcision, and who are practicing Conservative Jews, can apply with the recommendation of their rabbis and the approval of their local Rabbinical Assembly regions.
The course is open to health care practitioners, including, for example, physicians and residents in ob/gyn, pediatrics, family practice; nurse midwives, et al., who are trained to do neonatal circumcisions and are shomrei mitzvot.
The last time the course was given was in 2003, so if you know someone who is eligible-congregants, friends, or acquaintances-encourage them to consider it. Feel free to forward this email to them.
To see a copy of the brochure and an application click here.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…