“It is a sobering fact that in the public debate [about circumcision] we observed partly antisemitic and racist undertones.”

ANGELA MERKEL, FEDERAL
CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY, 2013

Milah UK
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why do Jews perform Milah?

The source for circumcising boys at eight days old is the commandment in the Old Testament (Gen. 17:10-14 and Lev. 12:3). It is done as a physical sign of one’s Jewish identity and is probably the most widely observed of all Jewish practices. As well as being a religious requirement, it has become perhaps the most important, recognisable and indeed celebrated element of Jewish culture.