I’m studying Jewish groups that oppose circumcision. I sent a message to a “humanist” Yale-educated “rabbi.” A.C., citing an article. I got a funny letter in response.

“We don’t need to minimize the presence of circumcision in the Bible to defend a Jewish parent’s freedom to choose not to do it. After all, there are plenty of pieces of traditional Judaism that ARE universally understood to be central in the Bible with which we disagree . . . . Accepting the Exodus and its Biblical narrative as historical weakens the argument, from our perspective.”

People might or might not be religious, but why would anyone listen to a rabbi who disregards the Torah?