Frances Silverglate

Frances Silverglate, a grandmother of four, is an attorney in New York City and previous contributor to Busted Halo.

A Bris and a Baptism

I’m not a fan of circumcision, though the bris milah is required for male Jewish children and is considered an essential component of Jewish identity.…

The Sacrifice of Isaac

A few years ago during Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, I was in a little wooden synagogue on the Lower East Side of New York City. The rabbi, a venerable man whose voice carried throughout the temple, was extremely charismatic. For the first time in my temple-going life, I found myself listening intently to the sermon.

The Bris

Eight days after birth, a Jewish male infant is circumcised in a ceremony called the bris milah (bris means “covenant” in Hebrew). It’s a party:…


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