The Bris


as told by Alan Dershowitz in "The Vanishing American Jew"




		For those who believe that the birth of a son is the most 
		joyous event, the ceremony honoring it has a good news-bad 
		news quality, at least for the boy.

		A week after the birth, the boy is given a party, with herring, 
		wine, cake.

		Then suddenly comes the bad news, as he realizes the purpose of 
		the party!

		Maybe that's why Jews have traditionally had such an aversion to 
		alcohol.  But it doesn't explain our attraction to cake!







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