Originally Posted by Suki_Eulalie
Two serious questions for you....
(Disclaimer! I swear, though my "tone" might be read as such....I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all. I'm genuinely intrigued and looking for answers. Religion is a very interesting topic to me and though I've asked around I couldn't find a good answer to these)
1) Why circumcision? I gather it is to mark that person as "of the chosen people"...but is there any historical reason why THAT in particular was chosen as a mark of the people and not some other sort of VISIBLE sign, like a tattoo? And, why are tattoos and other body modifications NOT permitted (something about the body as a temple, no?) but circumcision is?
2) Even though the kosher long-answer touched on this, and msbunnicula also asked a similiar question...I was hoping you could elaborate as to why the kosher animals are kosher and other animals are not. Why is a "predators and hooves" system used as opposed to anything else? Is there any historical evidence for Gods reasoning or is it just one of those "God says so" type deals?
1)The reproduction organ was chosen because that is where a man is most challenged and has the most inclination in doing wrong.
According to the Torah, the most horrible sins for Jews and non Jews are:
a)sexuality sins (incest, and other specific sins)
A man will always remember the promise abraham made with God and keep the most important laws if the reminder is located on the reproduction organ.
Tatoos are forbidded because they harm the body (and because God said so). The circumcision is even said to be healthy.
2)Most people say that it's just one of those "God says so" type deals. But the Sefer Ha Chinich is a book dedicated to explaining the reasons for all the Torah's laws. You might want to look there. But again, we do not do it for the reason, we do it because God said we should do it. Just look at the story when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son: it goes against our morals, however, Abe still agreed to do it because God said so. We don't listen to God because he's moral, we listen to him because he is our creator. God invented morality. God is greater than morality and He knows what's best.
You might also be interested in reading this great article about why the Torah is true
(as opposed to made up): http://www.aish.com/holidays/shavuot/last/know-f.htm
Hope I helped, ask more if you're interested