Alicia Silverstone Hacks Into Circumcision


alicia silverstoneCount actress Alicia Silverstone among those Jews advocating against circumcision.

In her new book, “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” the celebrity explains her personal decision not to circumcise her son, Bear, according to the website Beyond the Bris: News and Views on Jewish Circumcision.

“I was raised Jewish, so the second my parents found out that they had a male grandchild, they wanted to know when we’d be having a bris (the Jewish circumcision ceremony traditionally performed 8 days after a baby is born),” Silverstone writes. “When I said we weren’t having one, my dad got a bit worked up. But my thinking was: If little boys were supposed to have their penises ‘fixed,’ did that mean we were saying that God made the body imperfect?”

The 37-year-old actress, best known for roles including the 1990s classic “Clueless,” offers a number of other explanations in her book in favor of preserving the male foreskin, including rejecting as outdated the notion that circumcision is a health precaution, and arguing that sexual pleasure is increased when the foreskin remains intact.

Silverstone grew up in a traditional Jewish household, the website explains. Candles were lit on Friday nights, she attended Hebrew school and has fond memories of her bat mitzvah. As an adult, her ties to Judaism remain strong.

“Judaism turned me into who I am today, and I definitely feel I live a very spiritual life. I got that from my parents,” she has said.

Regarding Silverstone’s “G-d made the body imperfect?” argument, here’s a tip: Jews believe G‑d created the world imperfect, with our mission being to perfect it.

G‑d created wheat; humans make bread. G‑d created a jungle; humans create civilization. The raw materials are given to us, and we are to use our ingenuity to improve on the world that we were born into. This is symbolized by the bris—we are born uncircumcised, and it is up to us to “finish the job.” This is also true metaphorically. We each have instincts and natural tendencies that are inborn, but need to be refined. “I was born that way” does not excuse immoral behavior: we are to cut away any negative traits, no matter how innate they may seem.

G-d did not give us the commandment of circumcision as a health precaution. It is what we call a chok, a commandment that does not appear to have a rational reason.

Meanwhile, Silverstone may consider circumcision to be cruel, but she called her son “Bear.”

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  • ScottAdler

    A good point. He’ll have “bear” on his school books, on his driver’s license — and other kids will never, ever let him forget it for a moment. He’ll be called everything from Panda to Yogi, and he’ll hate it.

    • the geezer

      You mean he’ll be really emBEARassed? And if he’s caught with his pants down, he’ll be emBARE ASSED? Blame it on mommy, Booboo….she’s STILL clueless…..

  • Shy Guy

    Bear in Yiddish means bear In English just the same. The Hebrew equivalent is Dov and is a common name.

    If Silverstone is really Jewish, I hope she changes her mind. If not, I hope Dov grows up and one day does the right thing.

    • AussieDave

      Be that as it may, “Bear” in English is a horrible name.

      • Shy Guy

        True. Unbearable.

        Hey, they can always nickname him Yogi!

        Or Booboo.

    • walt kovacs

      as one gets older, it becomes much harder to undergo circumcision

      not sure why her parents are all that upset…they are the ones that didnt actually provide her with a good enough education

      • Inessa

        Many Russian migrants to Israel had circumcisions after coming to Israel as adults. Harder yes, but doable.

  • steven

    Too bad she doesn’t have the intelligence of her co star Stacey Dash.I’m sure if Stacy were Jewish she would study up on circumcision and have it on her son.I see in Alicia case she really is clueless

    • Johnny

      Too bad Stacy isn’t Jewish. Such a gorgeous woman.

  • Travis

    The names these celebs give their children are so awful they ought to be charged with child abuse.

  • walt kovacs

    she isnt actually jewish

    her mother’s conversion was not kosher

    so…..who cares…the kid is a goy and doesnt need to have a bris

    • Shy Guy

      Thank you for the good news. Good luck in life, little Booboo! :)

    • Merkaz

      Believe it or not a lot of us care not a wit for Halacha.

      • walt kovacs

        well, you i dont care about at all

        dont have a nice day

  • ahad_ha_amoratsim

    Cristina Canziani – I dream of a world without smug, ignorant bigots making ridiculousfashionable, facile false comparisons.
    You can say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

  • Shimona from the Palace

    Just how important is “being Jewish” to her, really? Is her husband Jewish? Did she have a Jewish wedding?

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