9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
Medical Benefits of Circumcision
Many doctors believe and many studies show that circumcision has many definite medical benefits.Dr. Edgar J. Schoen is a leading medical expert in the field of infant circumcision.
Here are some of the benefits that he lists:
- Circumcision reduces the risk of urinary tract infection
- Circumcision reduces the risk of HIV/AIDS
- Circumcision reduces the risk of cancer of the penis
- Circumcision reduces the risk of infected/ unretractable foreskin and penile diseases
- Circumcision promotes lifetime ease of cleanliness
New York Times on Circumcision
On Dec 14, 2006, the N.Y. Times ran a lead article on the results of a study showing that circumcision may reduce the risk of HIV by up to 50%.
The story explains that leading organizations are considering spending money to promote circumcision in countries where many people are affected by HIV.
For the complete NY Times article on the benefits of circumcision, please click here.
For more information about this subject, please go to our page Philosophy of Circumcision - Bris Milah: Beautiful or Barbaric.
For a comprehensive explanation of the medical benefits, please see our Medical Information pages.