Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg, who was accused last week of botching a circumcision of an 8-day-old boy who was rushed to the hospital after his penis had accidentally been cut off, told a court that is not at fault.

The incident revived worldwide publicity at a time when anti-circumcision lobbies have succeeded in convincing some European officials to back the prohibition of non-medical circumcisions.


Rabbi Rosenberg admitted that the baby boy had been injured, but the lawsuit against him does not specify the wounds. The parents said through the lawsuit that they rushed the baby to a hospital for surgery and leech therapy that helps the body to accept reattached parts.

The suit charged Rabbi Rosenberg with causing a “catastrophic and life-changing injury.”

In his lawyers’ response to the lawsuit, the court was told, “Rabbi Rosenberg performed the Bris Milah in a careful and competent fashion, with the care and skill normally exercised by Mohels under the same or similar circumstances” and “denies that he is liable to plaintiff,” the Pittsburgh Tribune reported.



  1. Well, I suppose that it could be argued that if the parents had the possible risks of circumcision explained to them before the mohel started cutting, and they accepted that penile amputation was a possible risk, then the onus would be on the parents, and it could be argued that is why the Rabbi is not guilty. penile amputation IS a risk of circumcision. If you find the risks unacceptable, then maybe you shouldn't be circumcising your child in the first place. Catastrophic complications are rare, but as we see, do still happen. Before accepting any form of surgery (and circumcision is surgery) you must be prepared to accept the risk that comes with it. In this case, the parents are the ones who provide proxy consent. They decide that the risk is worth it on behalf of their child. So, they are ultimately the ones who are responsible for whatever the outcome. I am sure no one asked the baby if this was worth the risk, and this baby will be the one who has to live with the consequences of his parent's consent for the rest of his natural life.

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