Judaism was developed in the Middle East by the ancient Hebrews.
Judaism is characterized by belief in one transcendent God who has revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with Scriptures and rabbinic traditions. Rabbi Emeritus Kaughmann Kohler described Judaism as "the religion of joy, hope, and love."
The symbol of Judaism is the Star of David, which is a six-pointed star design.
Judaism has historically held a belief in the so-called Abrahamic covenant which purports to require that every newborn boy be circumcised on the eighth day of life. This has now become controversial, because of surgical risks, because of the certain intense pain suffered by the boy, because of the certain lifetime loss of foreskin function, and because of the violation of the child's human rights.
The alleged Abrahamic covenant is found in the Pentateuch (Torah) book of Genesis, chapter 17. Reform Jews in Germany stated questioning circumcision in 1843. Circumcision today is being questioned for several reasons. The practice of circumcision conflicts with many other Jewish values. Moreover, textual criticism indicates that this chapter appears to be a later insertion into the text of this Hebrew book.
A non-cutting alternative to Brit Milah, usually called Brit Shalom, is gaining in popularity. Mark D. Reiss, M.D.[a 1], has sponsored the Mark D. Reiss, M.D. Inclusion Directory, where more information on Brit Shalom may be found.
Hirsch et al. (1906) state, "An uncircumcised Jew is a full Jew by birth.
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The survey also found that nearly a third of the parents would prefer to forgo circumcision but nevertheless have it done for social reasons (16.6 percent), health reasons (10.4 percent) and because it is important for the grandparents (2.1 percent).