Here we go again. Looking for Jewish connections in the wider culture in order to prove that we are just like everyone else. Or even better, causing others to emulate us.
Just as a circumcision not necessarily a bris. It too requires intent.
A circumcision is a medical procedure used to remove the foreskin of the penis. Any penis. Jewish penis. Christian penis. Muslim penis. Agnostic penis. Atheist penis. Polytheist penis. There is no religious implication in this medical procedure. A bris (or brit or brit milah), on the other hand, is a Jewish ritual that elevates the medical procedure by answering the call of commandedness. Genesis 17:7-14. God commands Abraham to circumcise his son on the eighth day of life as an eternal sign of the covenant – the בְּרִית brit – between God and Abraham. Furthermore, it is a commandment that is a chukat olam – a law for all time. In every generation, every Jewish male child must be circumcised in accordance with our Tradition.
The Jewish professional responsible for the procedure is called a mohel (or mohelet, female). From the Hebrew root meaning “to cut foreskin (to circumcise,” the mohel is trained in the medical AND ritual aspects of the ceremony. Regardless of who is being cut, the cutter is always a mohel.
However, when a mohel performs a circumcision on a non-Jewish baby, which is in no way a violation of Jewish law, no bris has taken place. A circumcision has taken place. Since the days of Queen Victoria through HRH The Prince of Wales, royal male babies were circumcised by a mohel. A good decision given that mohels have a great deal of practical experience with circumcisions. No one has ever suggested that these Royal babies have been entered into the Covenant.