Jonathan Beckman

Cut Adrift

Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir

By Shalom Auslander

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Surprisingly, given the rage Shalom Auslander can muster against God for even the slightest mishap, this memoir contains no lamentation for his own circumcision. It is the prospective birth of a son that causes turmoil in the mind of this Jew who has rejected the traditions and laws of his forefathers: will his boy get the snip? Auslander’s solution – done by a doctor, the day after the birth, with no ritual – is indicative of his messy, painful and unending grapple with his religion.

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