BIN: Jews in several of the Nordic nations (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland) are increasingly fearing for their religious futures after Denmark moved a step closer to passing a law banning infant circumcision. One rabbi sees this as a reenactment of a macabre story told in the bible symbolizing an attempt to cut off the thin connection binding heaven and earth.
The petition to ban infant circumcision in Denmark recently garnered the necessary 50,000 signatures for it to be brought before the parliament.The debate among Danish lawmakers will probably begin in the fall and if the proposal becomes law, Denmark will become the first European Union member state to vote on such a ban.
Rabbi Berger noted that rejecting circumcision has a biblical precedent.
“The Midrash teaches that after killing the Jews, the Amalekites, Israel’s archetypal and eternal enemy, cut off the male organ and threw it up towards heaven,” Rabbi Berger said. “Brit Milah (circumcision) literally means a covenant. It connects heaven and earth. It is a sign that a Jew, no matter where he is, carries the connection between heaven and earth on his body. The Jew acts as this connection. Rejecting this specific mitzvah (commandment) is an attempt to sever this connection, cutting off the entire world from God.” more …
Opinion: And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Genesis 17: 9-10
I came across this issue of banning circumcision many times in writing Antichrist: The Search for Amalek, but it only became clear after I discovered that every antichrist figure I researched was/is against it, and tried to abolish the practice of circumcision.
“And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” Genesis 17:14
That is why I found it mind-boggling that there is no Biblical record of Jacob and Esau’s circumcision. What I found startled me, but it took extra-Biblical research to get there. God commanded the Jews in Psalm 78:5-7 to tell the accounts of the patriarchs to their children.
“He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.”
These oral accounts were written down in books called the Talmud and Midrash. Excerpt:
“On account of his ruddy appearance he [Esau]
remained uncircumcised. Isaac, his father, feared
that it [his ruddy appearance] was due to poor circulation
of the blood, and he hesitated to perform
the circumcision. He decided to wait until Esau
should attain his thirteenth year, the age at which
Ishmael had received the sign of the covenant. But
when Esau grew up, he refused to give heed to his
father’s wish, and so he was left uncircumcised.
The opposite of his brother in this as in all respects,
Jacob was born with the sign of the covenant upon
his body, a rare distinction. But Esau also bore a
mark upon him at birth, the figure of a serpent, the
symbol of all that is wicked and hated of God.”
The Rabbis know these accounts, and they know that Jacob was born already circumcised (aposthic). From these same records, we learn that Esau’s grandson, Amalek, was obsessed with circumcision:
“Those who answered the enticing call found certain
death at his hands; and not only did Amalek kill
them, but he also mutilated their corpses, following
the example of his grandsire Esau, by cutting off a
certain part of the body, and throwing it toward
heaven with the mocking words, “Here shalt Thou
have what Thou desirest.” In this way did he jeer at
the token of the Abrahamic Covenant.”
God has sworn to fight against Amalek in every generation (Exodus 17:16).