Response Paper #1 - Grant 1 Myron Christopher Grant RELS...

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Grant 1 Myron Christopher Grant RELS 2001/C. Bennett/TR: 11:00-12:15pm Response Paper #1 09/14/2010 Birth In Birth , Arlene Rossen Cardozo definitely establishes a relationship between religion and society. For example, while explaining of brit, which is the circumcision of a baby boy in the Jewish religion, Cardozo declares, “The mother bathes her baby. Other women friends and relatives may help,” which emphasizes the matrilineal duties of a mother and her “other women friends.” Furthermore, it provides a framework for society as it establishes and emphasizes gender roles. Also, the practicing of brit reflects the values of the culture of that time period because “during ancient times the ceremony was performed in the home. In the Middle Ages, it was moved to the synagogue. In early modern times, circumcision took place in the hospital. Nowadays, as women curtail their hospital stays to a few days, once again the brit is most frequently performed at the home.” Geographically speaking, Cardozo declares, “Because
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