Moyl: The Story of A Traveling Jewish Ritual Circumciser - Summary

Summary

The film follows Bolnick as he journeys across North America, conducting bris ceremonies, which are held eight days after a Jewish boy is born. Amid the ceremony, the child is officially introduced to relatives and associates, his name is announced, and, as a sign of the continued covenant between God and Abraham, he is circumcised. The picture explores the importance of Jewish circumcision on a theoretical and personal level, and demonstrates how the practice has been adapted for today's modern world. Bolnick speaks openly about related subject matter from pain, to errors, to old and tired circumcision jokes, while parents explain the meaning behind the tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

The documentary has interviews with fathers and they reflect on how it changed their relationships with their sons as they try to convey the feeling of bringing another person into a community.

The circumcision is a sacred act, a symbol of the covenant that has been passed down for thousands of years. Bolnick suggests that the custom is special because it is the only occasion Jews are allowed to modify their bodies. It distinguishes the infant as a Jew and suggests that he will proceed to abide by the covenant for a lifetime.

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