circumcision

Orthodox Groups And Mohelim Sue NYC Over Controversial Bris Practice

10/11/2012

As expected, a group of ultra-Orthodox organizations and three individual plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit against New York City’s health department seeking an injunction against restrictions on the controversial circumcision practice known as metzitzah b’peh.

German Cabinet Schedules Circumcision Amendment

Measure would formally legalize circumcision, with some restrictions

10/05/2012

Germany's Cabinet has scheduled a discussion on an amendment that would formally legalize ritual circumcision but place some restrictions on who could circumcise and how.

The discussion was set for Oct. 10, the German paper Die Welt reported. To become law, the amendment needs to pass a vote in the Bundestag.

Amendment 1631d to the law code on the rights of children was devised following a controversial ruling in May by a court in Cologne that said circumcision amounted to a criminal act.

Metzitzah Arguments Seen Taking Shape

Bris rite case could hinge on mohel’s First Amendment rights and procedure’s degree of risk.

09/27/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Seventy years ago, an ordained Jehovah’s Witness minister named Sarah Prince sent a 9-year-old girl in her care to preach and distribute literature in exchange for donations on the downtown streets of Brockton, Mass. For her actions, Prince was convicted of violating Massachusetts’ child labor laws.

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Religious Concerns: In Israel, Too

09/19/2012
Editorial

Religious freedom is, naturally, of great concern to Jews everywhere. That is why there has been much consternation about a German regional court ruling in May that said circumcision of boys for religious reasons causes bodily harm and is unlawful. A rabbi in northern Bavaria was criminally charged for performing a brit milah as part of his duties.

Exclusive: Agudah Preparing To Sue City Over Metzitza Informed Consent

On eve of Board of Health vote, haredi umbrella group wants to bring ‘freedom of religion’ case.

09/11/2012

The haredi umbrella organization Agudath Israel is planning to sue the City of New York should the Board of Health pass a law this week requiring that mohels obtain informed consent from parents whose infant sons will undergo metztizah b’peh, The Jewish Week has learned.

The informed consent document would provide information about the oral suction procedure’s risks, which include infection with the herpes virus that could lead to brain damage or death.

Israeli Chief Rabbi Visits Berlin On Circumcision Issue

08/21/2012

Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children.

In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin’s Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted that mohels could be trained and certified by German doctors. But he emphasized that the Chief Rabbinate in Israel has to make final decision on whether a mohel is up to par.

Israeli Pediatric Group Calls For End To Circumcision-Related Rite

08/14/2012

The Israel Ambulatory Pediatric Association is calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite that is also under fire in New York.

Direct oral-genital suction, known as metzitzah b’peh, should not be performed during Jewish ritual circumcision, the IAPA said. The association is calling on Israel’s Health Ministry to require maternity wards and clinics to advise parents against metzitzah b’peh, Israeli media reported.

Germans Launch Pro-Circumcision Petition

07/31/2012

Two Jews and a Muslim in Germany have started a pro-circumcision campaign to counter a Cologne district court ruling that bans the practice.

Called “together against snipping off our rights,” the petition already has 300 signatures, according to The Local, a German publication. Its organizers -- Mike Delberg, Michael Groys and Anil Celik -- plan to send it to the German government when it reaches 1,000 signatures.

Last month, the Cologne court ruled against non-medical circumcision for young boys on the grounds that circumcision causes grievous bodily harm.

Rabbis Urge German Jews To Resist Circumcision Ruling

07/12/2012

 

Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body is urging Jews in Germany to uphold the commandment to circumcise newborn sons, despite a court ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the May ruling by a Cologne district court, which Jewish groups see as symptomatic of a trend across Europe against some Jewish rituals. The group held an emergency meeting this week in Berlin.

Brooklyn DA Looking Into Infant's Death From Controversial Bris Practice

03/05/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

 

POSTED MONDAY, MARCH 5, 6:30 p.m.

After the death of an infant who contracted herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said it is investigating the case as a possible criminal matter.

Jerry Schmetterer, the spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, told The Jewish Week Monday, “Our Crimes Against Children Bureau is looking into this situation. I would not assume what any possible charges would be.”

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