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


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.

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?

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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


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.

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


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

Researchers: Circumcision Comparable To Vaccination


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

On Circumcision, Scalia Surprises

Longest-serving justice and interlocutors agree on most issues at YU conversation between former classmates.
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A hero to many in the Orthodox community on matters relating to the separation of church and state, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments on circumcision at a Yeshiva University forum last Wednesday night may have come as an unpleasant surprise to those who think the justice’s opinions flow from his own religious beliefs.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, center, flanked by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, left, and attorney Nathan Lewin.
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