To Get Out Of Jail, Florida Woman Signs Consent For Son’s Circumcision

05/26/2015 - 20:00

A Florida woman arrested for fleeing with her 4-year-old son to keep him from being circumcised signed a consent form for the procedure in order to get out of prison.

City Adopts New Metzitzah Policy

Consent form scrapped in deal with charedi leaders on circumcision ritual; suspected mohels to undergo DNA testing.

02/24/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The de Blasio administration and a coalition of rabbinical leaders have seemingly met in the middle over the controversial circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh.

Can Mohels Still Cut Up?

12/22/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

By the time young Jews from my hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., marry and have children, most have already relocated to larger urban areas and joined other Jewish communities. So it was with particular pride and pleasure that I recently attended the bris of the son of one of my former students who grew up in my neighborhood and has now settled just a few houses away from me. Representatives of all the local synagogues were there, the buffet tables groaned with food, and the mood was joyful and uplifting. There was only one thing missing; the mohel, who was imported from Baltimore for the occasion, missed almost every opportunity for humor.

Ted Merwin

Poll: Majority Of Denmark Citizens Want Circumcision Banned

10/22/2014 - 20:00

A new poll indicates that 74 percent of Denmark’s citizens believe circumcision should be fully or partially banned.

As Bris Policy Nears, Mayor Seen In Bind

With new infant herpes cases emerging, clash of politics, religious freedom and public health.

08/05/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As the de Blasio administration grapples with the church-state implications of its push for full-day, government-funded prekindergarten, another such thorny issue — this one with potential life-and-death consequences — looms: How, and whether, to regulate the controversial ritual circumcision practice known as “metzitzah b’peh.”

Mayor de Blasio: Vowed during campaign to regulate metzitzah b’peh ritual. Getty Images

Israel’s Supreme Court Voids Rabbinical Court Ruling Requiring Bris

06/29/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court nullified a rabbinical court ruling that required a mother to circumcise her son.

Researchers: Circumcision Comparable To Vaccination

04/08/2014 - 20:00

An Australian-American team of researchers recommended circumcising infant males to avoid diseases in a new study that compared the practice to vaccination.

N.Y. Newborn Contracts Herpes From Controversial Circumcision Rite

02/02/2014 - 19:00

A newborn in New York contracted herpes from a controversial Jewish ritual circumcision rite.

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High Court Justice Takes Unexpected View of San Francisco Circumcision Case

11/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the country’s most influential jurists and a leading voice of conservatism on the high court, died Saturday at age 79. Scalia appeared at Yeshiva University in November 2013 and advanced a view on a controversial San Francisco circumcision law that seemed to cut against the grain of most of his church-state comments. Below is a Jewish Week report of that appearance.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia addresses the Law Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2014. Getty Images
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