Just before the first Pesach seder in Egypt, the whole Jewish nation was commanded to undergo bris milah.
A few weeks ago, a group of troublemakers in Boston tried to get the state Legislature to outlaw bris milah, chas vshalom.The proposed bill was rejected in Committee, boruch Hashem, and the measure never got to the floor, nor was it commissioned further time or further study.
In the spirit of the korban Pesach, where the bnai Yisrael shected the god of Mitzrayim and ate it, a small group stood up in the name of Toras Hashem.They wrote the Judiciary Committee (very politely) that bris milah was commanded by G-d Almighty, and some matters are outside the power of the regulation of the government!See the story below for details.
Let’s all enjoy Pesach with a deeper thanks to Hashem for the ability to be bnai chorin, to serve Hashem as free men.And forward this on to your family and friends, so we should never be lulled into taking our freedom for granted.
Chag kasher v’samayach.
MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS REJECT CIRCUMCISION BAN
BOSTON, March 18, 2010.A bill calling for prison time and fines for those who perform circumcision on any male under the age of 18 was rejected by the Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts state legislature.
The text of the proposed measure specifically mandated that no exception be given, even though the law would obstruct religious observance of the commandment of circumcision.
The measure also called upon the Department of Public Health to implement an educational program to discourage religious groups from carrying out the commandment of circumcision.
A goal of the legislation, according to an advocate group’s website, included enforcement by local police.
In a letter to the Committee following their vote, the Community Guardians Group (CGG) wrote that the people of Massachusetts “are inheritors of a rich heritage of courageous thinkers and leaders who have sought to advance the causes of righteousness and justice for all people…But there are also matters which lie outside the power entrusted to government.”The CGG mentioned that included among the things not to be restricted by government, is the commandment of circumcision, given by G-d Almighty.
The CGG offered thanks to G-d Almighty that this attack on their religion was halted, and commended the members of the Judiciary Committee for definitively rejecting this hateful plan.
The Community Guardians Group, under the leadership and in cooperation with some of the most respected Torah leaders, is an association of Orthodox Jews united in opposition to any law seeking to limit their ability to faithfully serve G-d Almighty.