Dr. Hadar Waldman of Los Angeles, CA has been placed on the “Known Genital Mutilators” directory at neonatalcutting.org.
Here’s an excerpt from an article about how the “Doctor Steps Up to Keep the Religion in Circumcision:”
When she became a physician, Hadar Waldman expected to improve the quality of people’s lives — but she never expected religion to be part of that equation.
Then she became a mohel or, more precisely, a mohelet — joining a rarified group of American physicians certified in Jewish ritual circumcision.
At 42, Waldman specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and has a private practice in Century City. Born in Israel, she bopped around the United States to accommodate her father’s work as a doctor, living in Atlanta, Baltimore and Cincinnati, before landing in New York to attend a pre-med program at Columbia University. She describes herself as “your typical Israeli-American Southern New Yorker with Midwestern roots.”
After graduating from Sackler School of Medicine in 2006, she began her residency at Staten Island University Hospital, where she performed routine circumcisions on newborn boys.
“Today 60 to 70 percent of the American population is circumcised,” Waldman said. “People who are not Jewish circumcise their babies all the time.”
Non-Jewish couples would cite cultural or cosmetic reasons for wanting the procedure. Most Jews, on the other hand, especially the large Orthodox clientele at Staten Island, preferred the traditional circumcision — a brit milah with a mohel. So it wasn’t until Waldman moved to the West Coast and started her own practice that she noticed how many secular Jews were choosing hospital circumcisions and forgoing the Jewish ritual entirely.
“I became aware that a lot of my Jewish patients were opting out of brit milah ceremonies because they preferred a doctor to perform the circumcision in a hospital, which they perceived to be a safer environment,” Waldman said. “Over time, this troubled me because I saw it as missed opportunity. Too many boys were not entering the covenant of Judaism.”
Last August, Waldman performed her first ritual circumcision. “The way I do it is as compassionate as possible,” she said, noting the cultural debate over genital mutilation. “I do believe in using local anesthesia, a small amount of lidocaine locally, and I give the baby a sugar water solution to comfort him as much as possible.”
She has since performed an additional six ritual circumcisions for local Jewish families. “There was a true need in the community for someone who was a physician and a surgeon, and also a woman and a mother.”
Waldman said being a mother of two has attuned her to the emotional experience of a fraught religious rite. “First-time parents in particular find the whole birth process very overwhelming, and I felt like the brit milah was really no different,” Waldman said. “I am skilled in being able to calm parents. As a doctor, I can prepare my patients for uncertainties; and as a mother, I understand their fears.”
Waldman said she also has been affected by serving as a shaliach, or emissary, for the sacred ritual.
“I never thought of circumcision as emotional or spiritual when I did the surgical procedure in the hospital, but seeing the emotional reaction of these families has been really rewarding.”
What about your oath to “First, Do No Harm” in the absence of any disease? And to claim you are “as compassionate as possible” while harming innocent babies and ruining their future sex lives is just outrageous.
And if the first mutilation isn’t acceptable she will do it again – hopefully with consent this time – with a Hatafat Dam Brit.
From reformjudaism.org, we see that Dr. Waldman and other ritual circumcision advocates claim to take a stand against sexual violence and advocate for reproductive/women’s rights, civil rights, and religious freedom.
Ha ha ha ha ha!
Yes, you read that right. People who strap down innocent, unconsenting babies and sexually and physically assault them with a knife want you to believe they are civil rights champions and are against sexual assault. Male genital mutilation is all of those, and what they mean by “religious freedom” is an attempt to justify the mutilation of babies without medical necessity.
From the same website, we see that these pro-circumcision advocates have noticed the human, intactivist, and men’s rights movements:
Reform Judaism has done away with a number of ritual observances that conflict with our contemporary cultural and aesthetic sensibilities. And it is difficult to imagine any ceremony that stands more at odds with the views and habits of modern civilization than berit milah, ritual circumcision. Critics of the procedure, including a not-insignificant number of Jews, condemn it as a gruesome and dangerous procedure, some calling it “genital mutilation.” Many would add that a ritual from which females are naturally excluded calls into question our Reform Jewish commitment to gender equality.
They then try to explain how this “ancient tribal rite” belongs in modern civilized society:
The question remains, however: why do we Reform Jews, who do not hesitate to remove outdated prayers from our siddur (prayer book) and to excise archaic ceremonies from our practice, insist upon maintaining an ancient tribal rite taught to us in Genesis?
I think that the answer to these questions lies largely in the words “ancient tribal rite.” For that’s what berit milah is. That’s why we do it, and, really, it’s the only reason we do it.
Of course, we don’t customarily explain our ritual observances as “tribal rites.” This is partly because the word “tribal” sounds so, well, tribal, jarring to our modern, sophisticated ears. It’s also because we Jews have a long history of seeking ta`amei hamitzvot, “explanations for the mitzvot” that reflect the higher intellectual and cultural temper of the present age rather than the original (“tribal”) background of those practices.
Berit milah is our classic ceremonial acknowledgment that we, descendants of Abraham, consider ourselves a community set apart from all others and set aside in covenant with God. That is the story we have always told, and continue to tell, about ourselves. To assert our sense of particular Jewish identity as Jews is therefore in and of itself a mitzvah of the first rank. And of all the ritual practices by which we have historically made that declaration, none is more physical, more visceral, or more tangible than berit milah.
In an era when the forces of cultural assimilation pose such a daunting challenge to our continued existence as a distinct people, this admittedly ancient tribal custom bears a message that we do well to hear.
No amount of chicanery can justify harming children. Unnecessary surgical amputation or mutilation of a baby’s genitals, male or female, is wrong for any reason other than medical necessity.
I’m unconvinced that genital mutilation is ethical or legal for religious or medical reasons, and quite the contrary is a human rights violation against unconsenting infants.
Also, see the “Benefits of Circumcision” FB page if you can stomach it, for the last gasps of a dying breed of pro-circ fanatics.
Since Dr. Waldman condones the indiscriminate practice of routine circumcision and has no concern about informing parents about the harm and possible risks involved, including death, you can read about that information here and watch informative videos at neonatalcutting.org.
Dr. Waldman’s practice information follows:
Century City Women’s Health
10309 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Fax Number(310) 282-8567