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Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe

By: JTA

A European rabbinical group has created a union to include every mohel – ritual circumciser – in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and combat attempts to ban it.

Based on the model of Britain’s Initiation Society, the Union of Mohalim in Europe seeks to “unite approved mohalim across Europe under a single banner, ensuring that all communities can be assured of the high level of training and regulation,” according to a statement released Wednesday by the Conference of European Rabbis.

In April, a dispute occurred between the Conference of European Rabbis and a Chabad rabbi from a rival group, the Rabbinical Centre of Europe. The Chabad rabbi, Menachem Margolin, published an op-ed criticizing the Conference of European Rabbis for its disapproval of metitzah b’peh — a controversial ritual involving oral suction of the circumcision wound…”

In December 2012, German lawmakers passed a law that guarantees parents the right to circumcise boys for religious reasons. The vote followed a court ruling in Cologne that defined ritual circumcision as causing “bodily harm,” and the German parliament later passed a law preserving ritual circumcision. However, the Cologne court ruling led to partial bans on circumcision in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and intensified the heated debate over the issue in Scandinavian countries and beyond.

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4 Responses to “Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe”

  1. Rabbis: Get a clue. Leave Europe and make Aliyah. Why put up with all that schmutz and live in the past. Get on with your lives and LEAVE!!!!!!!!!

  2. Hpela says:

    No, it is time to unite and fight, but not with arms unless they are used as a last resort; but rather with ALL OUR RESOURCES. We have the RIGHT and the MIGHT to put the WORLD BACK IN ORDER. We can do this. Just our collective INTELLECT ALONE is SUFFICIENT to CORRECT the PERILOUS PATH the WORLD is on. WE CAN DO THIS, and the TIME IS NOW. It is time to PUSH BACK the FORCES of DARKNESS. If we become dominated, we will deserve it. The world will go back to the dark ages. We will hear again the WHIP of the TASKMASTERS above our heads again. As ONE NATION UNDER GOD, we can do this and we need to do this NOW.

  3. Ray Holden says:

    That's very classy of them. Let the Streisand effect kick in.

  4. Jake Stone says:

    Then the congregants will have no rabbis.

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