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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-05-31

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Brit Milah Defined



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Rabbi Paysach Krohn, who re-
presents the fifth generation of a
family of mohelim, is a highly
qualified provider of authoritat-
ive knowledge on brit milah
(ritual circumcision)
In Brit Milah: Circumcision –
the Covenant of Abraham, Rabbi
Krohn provides comprehension

"B rit Milah:
Circumcision - the
Covenant of
Abraham" by Rabbi
Paysach Krohn.

about the subject in another of the
informative works from Mesorah
Publications under the ArtScroll
series, a collection devoted to tra-
ditional and Talmudic studies.
The "ecstatic joy" with which
circumcision is observed is de-
fined in this extensive study. The
Talmud is a major source for the
roots of the theme, in its treat-
ment by Rabbi Krohn.
The commitment to the ideal
major in Jewish identification, in

the field of milah — circumcision
— is treated here by Rabbi Krohn
as a mitzvah. It is analyzed with
joy and the author points out that
"our first Patriarch, Abraham,
accompanied the performance of
his son Isaac's bris with a festive
meal. This is unusual, for with no
other mitzvah do we find our
forefathers or anyone else in the
Torah tendering a festive meal."
Rabbi Krohn thereupon com-
"It has been suggested that the
inherent joy in a bris is because it
is everlasting. The imprint of a
bris placed on a child remains
with him forever, stamps him as a
partner in the covenant, and iden-
tifies him with his Jewish breth-
ren throughout the world.
"Rambam writes: 'There is an
empathy of mutual love and assis-
tance among people who are
united by a sign they consider the
symbol of a covenant.' Further-
more, it is the delight of a parent's
first commitment to the child that
he will be reared in a way of life
prescribed by Hashem.
"How fortunate then is the
mohel who is able consistently to
participate in this great moment
in the lives of parents and their
newborn infant."
– P.S.

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Rehovot — A survey conducted
among alumni of the Weizmann
Institute's Feinberg Graduate
School shows that a growing per-
centage have jobs in the indus-
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The survey was a follow-up on
the careers of 224 Feinberg
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applied mathematics) who re-
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