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The Measure of His Grief Paperback – September 6, 2010
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About the Author
Lisa Braver Moss is the author of Celebrating Family: Our Lifelong Bonds with Parents and Siblings and co-author of The Mother's Companion: A Comforting Guide to the Early Years of Motherhood. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Tikkun, Parents, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Her collection of short essays, "I'm Not Impressed," can be found on the blog lisabravermoss.wordpress.com. A native of Berkeley, California, Lisa still lives in the area. The Measure of His Grief is her first novel.
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In Ms. Braver Moss's novel, a physician, Sandor Waldman, begins to question his own circumcision when he experiences genital pain after his father's death. Throughout, this page-turner of a novel, Dr. Waldman begins to challenge circumcision with accurate information and data, against the unscientific assumptions and bromides of circumcision's supporters. Lisa Braver Moss achieved writing a book that can change minds while being exciting and not didactic. In the end, Dr. Waldman becomes more immersed in Judaism than before he questioned circumcision. Lisa Braver Moss has created a vehicle that will allow Jews to discuss circumcision sanely, clearly, and hopefully without rancor.
As for my son...he identifies as Jewish more than many young Jewish men his age. He's been and continues to be involved in Hillel, has been a volunteer with the army in Israel, worked for a Jewish organization. studied Hebrew at college, been bar mitzvahed, goes to Torah study on Saturdays, is an advocate for Israel through Hasbara training. The dire prediction was that, left intact, he would not identify as a Jew. The opposite is true. Somewhat as it was for Dr. Sandor Waldman.
Dr. Sandor Waldman, the central character, does his own research on circumcision, and finds that, contrary to what many believe, babies indeed do feel pain, that circumcision offers no protection against AIDS and other SDs, and indeed impairs sexual functioning. He begins campaigning against infant circumcision, both from a medical and religious viewpoint, and finds that his family, friends, and colleagues dismiss him as a crackpot, an experience in common with real-life critics of this practice. Going a step further, he begins stretching his penile skin to recreate a foreskin, which in real life has been done by hundreds, if not thousands, of men dissatisfied with their circumcised condition.
Te value of this book is that, in fictional format, it presents solid medical evidence that circumcision is a useless mutilation, something many Americans don't realize, unlike their European counterparts who, mostly intact, have lower rates of STD than do Americans.
A must read.
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