I wonder if the circumcision requirement will be abandoned to assist in these ends? In the modern world being "marked" is no longer needed for identity, and, as you say, prayer and study are preferrable to sacrifice. Circumcision is not universal among Jews now. Many Reform Jews don’t circumcise. There are small communities of Jews in Israel who have already abandoned the practice. And, I’m told, most of the Jews in South America are intact. More to the point, Jewish leadership has twice seriously considered abandoning the practice of male infant circumcision. Once in the 2nd century, and later during the Jewish Reform in the middle 19th century. So, perhaps the requirement is not as sacrosanct as one thinks. Some scholars believe that circumcision was original to the Torah and tacked on at a late date by the Jewish priesthood. An excellent read on the subject is “Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America” by Len Glick, Oxford. Glick is a Jewish physician and anthropologist.
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