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Cantor’s Doctoral Thesis

How does the ritualist conceptualize the educational elements of the brit milah process?

Cantor Eric WasserJewish educators function in diverse roles and venues. Teachers formally instruct in classroom settings, camp counselors informally teach in the bunk and clergy teach about our Jewish tradition by preaching from the bimah, chanting from the lectern and carrying on their daily activities in synagogues.

Ritualists, through language and action, teach fundamental aspects of Jewish life as they interact with others in the context of guiding families through life-cycle events. My dissertation examines the interactions of the ritual leader or mohel during the life-cycle rite of  brit milah.

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