Russian Jewish Refugees Publicly Celebrate Ritual Of Circumcision
January 2, 1976
of Refugees of Eastern Europe", an Agency composed of
Soviet Jewish Refugees, dedicated to helping their brethren
with their material and spiritual needs in the United
States, celebrated a most unusual and public demonstration
of the Soviet Jew's love and commitment to his Faith.
Denied their right to the religious ritual of Circumcision
on the 8th day after birth, these Jews, born and raised
in Russia, never forgot the fact that they were not duly
circumcised and did not fulfill the Precept as per Genesis,
Chapter 17, verses 9and 10, as it is written: "And G-d
said unto Abraham: And thou shall keep my covenant, thou
and thy seed after thee for their generations. This is
my covenant, which you shall keep between me and between
you, and between thy seed after thee; circumcised shall
be among you every male."
Circumcision on the 8th day of life is not a physically
painful experience; however, circumcision for teenagers
and adults requires personal courage, commitment and sacrifice.
During the past three months, 100 recently arrived Soviet
Jewish refugees, aided by "Friends of Refugees of Eastern
Europe" underwent the ritual of circumcision at the Brooklyn
Jewish Hospital conducted by Rev. Eliyahu Shain (Mohel)
and supervised and aided by Dr. Pagovich.
Having fulfilled their lifelong yearning for "Brith
Millah", the Covenant between man and G-d, these Soviet
Jews were honored and feted at a public ceremony attended
by hundreds of guests, families and friends, and given
their Certificate of Brith Millah Circumcision).
This public display of faith and commitment proves again
the Soviet Jew's yearning for his Faith, and his willingness
to sacrifice for what he believes in.
One hundred men, who are now proud to have fulfilled
this significant Jewish religious requirement, publicly
accepted their certificates, and several teenagers and
adults spoke in Russian and English, describing what this
accomplishment has meant to them.
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