Some Jewish parents are deciding to forgo circumcision for their baby boys. Instead, they’re creating new rituals to welcome their babies into their families and to acknowledge the covenant between God and the Jews. These alternative rituals variously include communal candle lighting, anointing the baby, washing the baby’s feet, putting out a chair for Elijah, or cutting open a pomegranate, a symbol of fertility. These parents, called intactivists, believe they have no right to subject their infants to a procedure with dubious outcomes without their consent. Some studies indicate a lower risk for HIV and other genital diseases for males who have been circumcised (Tablet, July 9).