- Circumcision is unnecessary
- Circumcision is beneficial and brings down the percentage possibilities of developing certain illnesses and diseases
- It is a simple "nothing" of a procedure
- Because it heals so quickly, it is really not a big deal.
- It removes sensitive nerve endings that might make intercourse a different experience as an adult.
- It doesn't change the experience (of #5) all that much
- Having a circumcision (done properly) may or may not give the baby long term trauma. Babies tend to get over it rather quickly and live normal lives with or without having been circumcised.
Because we know in our hearts that the circumcision is but a small sacrifice to make to get God to live up to His end of the deal [see Genesis 17]. That a nation which has experienced downs, such as the Jewish people have experienced, can continue to experience ups – this is the hand of God as revealed as it can ever be. It is what our lives are all about, it is what our experience on this earth is all about.
We use Avraham’s model of a struggle-filled life to arrive at the unstriking conclusion that the covenant with God is what keeps us going. In the words of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, in his “Tribute to the Rebbetzin of Talne,” we live “to feel the presence of the Almighty and the gentle pressure of His hand resting upon my frail shoulders.” It is a struggle worth living when the Comforter is so great.