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Snip it!

Stances on Ritual Circumcision

Exhibition Trailer, Film: Robert Loebel, Sound: Julian Terbuyken© Jewish Museum Berlin

Boys' circumcision is a ritual that dates back thousands of years. Statistics reveal that around one third of the world’s male population has for various reasons been circumcised.

Poster of the exhibition "Snip it! Stances on Ritual Circumcision" with a banana

Motif for the exhibition "Snip it! Stances on Ritual Circumcision" © Jewish Museum Berlin, Design: www.buerominimal.de

Through the exhibition "Snip it!" the Jewish Museum Berlin allows surprising insights into the significance of a ritual about whose religious, historical, and cultural background little is known.

Taking as a starting point the Jewish concept of a covenant sealed with this bodily sign, the exhibition also explores the topic from the Islamic and Christian perspectives - from the roots of the ritual and the Abrahamic covenant through the circumcision of Jesus to popular cultural references to it in American TV series. Antisemitic and islamophobic attitudes that have their roots deep in the past are also considered.

The Exhibition

Please find information on the “Snip it! Stances on Ritual Circumcision” exhibition theme and rooms here:

On the Knife's Edge
Round Table Trialog
Resonance Room


24 October 2014 - 1 March 2015


Old Building, first level


with the museum ticket (8 euros, reduced 3 euros)

The exhibition is accompanied by the extensive German-language book publication "Haut ab! Haltungen zur rituellen Beschneidung" examining the cultural and historical context of ritual circumcision in essays, literary texts, and 70 color illustrations. The following text from our JMB Journal provides a brief introduction to the objectives of the exhibition:

An introduction into the cultural history of the debate on circumcision gives the lecture "Circumcision: Identity Politics and / or Health Issue?", which Sander L. Gilman gave at the Jewish Museum Berlin on 8 May 2013.

"Circumcision: Identity Politics and / or Health Issue?"
A Lecture by Sander L. Gilman on 8 May 2013© Jewish Museum Berlin

The exhibition has an extensive accompanying program:
Guided Tours
Monday Movies
Culture and Discussion Events
Program for School Students
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