Germany

German Cabinet Schedules Circumcision Amendment

Measure would formally legalize circumcision, with some restrictions
10/04/2012 - 20:00

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.

Berlin Declares Circumcision Legal

09/04/2012 - 20:00

 

The state of Berlin declared circumcision legal.

Berlin became the first of Germany's 16 states to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to the German news agency DPA. National legislation is pending to legalize circumcision.

German Jews Warn Against Public Display of Kipah

08/30/2012 - 20:00

After an attack on a rabbi in Berlin, Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said he would "not recommend that any Jew go around in parts of Berlin with a kipah."

On Tuesday, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was violently attacked while picking up his daughter from a piano lesson. He currently is recovering from surgery for a broken cheekbone. The attackers, reportedly youths of Arab background, asked Alter -- who was wearing a kipah -- if he was Jewish before hitting him in the face. They then allegedly verbally threatened Alter's 6-year-old daughter.

German Rower Leaves Olympics After Claims That Boyfriend Is Nazi Sympathizer

08/04/2012 - 20:00

A German Olympic rower has left the Olympic Village following claims that her boyfriend is a member of an extremist political party inspired by the Nazis.

Nadja Drygalla, who had already finished competing at the Games as part of the women’s rowing eight team reportedly left today of her own accord after a 90-minute conversation with German officials.

Germans Launch Pro-Circumcision Petition

07/30/2012 - 20:00

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

07/11/2012 - 20:00

 

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.

Germans Agree To Additional $300 Million In Restitution Funds

07/09/2012 - 20:00

 

Germany has agreed to provide restitution payments to an additional 80,000 Jews in what Claims Conference officials are describing as a historic breakthrough.

The agreement, which was reached Monday in negotiations between German officials and Claims Conference representatives, is likely to result in additional payments of approximately $300 million. Most of the money will go to Nazi victims in the former Soviet Union who have never before qualified for pensions or payments from German restitution money.

The Role of Jewish Priests: A Matter of Life and Death

05/14/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jewish priests (Kohannim) are prohibited from attending funerals or encountering the dead (unless it is a close relative). How can the leaders of society neglect one of the most important aspects of community service? Here we learn a value of humility, empowerment, life, and transparency.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

"Mein Kampf" Goes Back In Print--in Germany. Good for the Jews?

For years, German scholars and the country’s most prominent Jewish organizations have argued that Germany should allow “Mein Kampf” to be published in Germany before the copyright expires, in 2015.  It is not illegal to publish the book in Germany, but the state of Bavaria, which holds the copyright, had adamantly refused for decades, saying that the longer the book was out of print, the better.

Fewer Than Half Of Germans See Iran As Bigger Threat Than Israel

04/22/2012 - 20:00

 

Fewer than half of all Germans believe that Iran poses the graver danger in the current tensions between Iran and Israel, a new poll has found.

According to the survey on the Infratest/Dimap website, 58 percent of Germans see Iran's nuclear ambitions as an existential threat to Israel, and 48 percent see Iran as the greater threat of the two countries.

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