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These are not questions about circumcision. They are about what Maimonides said about the practice.

I would to know if the following things do, or do not, in fact represent things Maimonides said about circumcision. The information is taken from the paragraphs below in an article on the history of circumcision in Wikipedia at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_male_circumcision

  1. It is done to "quell all the impulses of matter" and "perfect what is defective morally."

  2. that it weakened the penis

  3. had the effect of reducing a man's lustful thoughts and making sex less pleasurable.

  4. Did he warn that it is "hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him."


The Jewish philosopher Maimonides (1135–1204) insisted that faith should be the only reason for circumcision. He recognised that it was "a very hard thing" to have done to oneself but that it was done to "quell all the impulses of matter" and "perfect what is defective morally." Sages at the time had recognised that the foreskin heightened sexual pleasure. Maimonides reasoned that the bleeding and loss of protective covering rendered the penis weakened and in so doing had the effect of reducing a man's lustful thoughts and making sex less pleasurable. He also warned that it is "hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him."[24][25][26][27]

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