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German Jews to Israeli Chief Rabbi: Your Circumcision Commotion Did More Harm than Good


Dr. Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews

Dr. Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews
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Israel’s Foreign Office and the Jewish community in Germany have criticized the intervention of Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger in the issue of the ban on ritual circumcisions in Germany.

Dr. Dieter Graumann, president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, criticized Yishai’s call on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to intercede in the matter, as well as Chief Rabbi Metzger’s comments during his visit to Germany last week.

“We are concerned that Interior Minister Yishai didn’t think of becoming better informed about the details,” complained Graumann, suggesting Yishai had not paused to consider “whether his intervention was necessary or beneficial.”

In a polite but strongly worded letter to Israel’s ambassador to Germany Yaakov Hadas, Graumann declared: “There’s no need to elaborate – it’s not beneficial.”

Accoring to Graumann, Yishai chose to “ignore the fact that the Chancellor had clearly expressed her position supporting the right to perform ritual circumcisions.”

Referring to Rabbi Metzger’s visit, Graumann accuses him of meeting with high level government officials without notifying or even consulting with the local Jewish community or rabbinic institutions.

“This is an unprecedented example of interference in religious and political issues in an independent Jewish community outside the State of Israel,” Graumann stated.

In reference to Rabbi Metzger’s proposal of mohalim (ritual circumcisers) being trained by German doctors, Graumann wrote that “it raises doubt regarding the training being provided for the mohalim.”

Graumann concluded that “if the intervention of Interior Minister Yishai and Rabbi Metzger yielded some limited benefit, it was outright inefficient by causing needless harm and introducing additional mistrust.”

A source in the Foreign Office told Maariv that “the Jewish community in Germany is in the midst of several moves, both public and confidential, on the political, judicial and legislative levels, that are ripening. Suddenly the arena is invaded by forces like Minister Yishai or Rabbi Metzger who are unfamiliar with the local rules of the game, the create a a big commotion that damages our efforts.”

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5 Responses to “German Jews to Israeli Chief Rabbi: Your Circumcision Commotion Did More Harm than Good”

  1. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Back to the future as the Jews of Germany have decided to emulate the beliefs of the Jews of 1939 Berlin: First to condemn those that fight Jew hatred and the first to the ovens.

  2. Nathan Warszawski says:

    Some Jews of Germany believe to have a future.

  3. The covenant of G_d takes precedence over protocol. For an issue as critical as this, thank G_d someone had the courage to be "politically incorrect" and stood up for G_d's Word according to Genesis 17:10-14. Queen Esther also broke protocol and was instrumental in saving the Jewish people in her time.

  4. If the mohalim operating in Germany are properly trained and qualified by the rabbinical authorities who deal with Milah, why bring in German doctors? Surely this would cast aspersions on the mohalim and all previous performed Jewish circumcisions?

  5. In 1939, Germany said that Judaism and being German are incompatible. In 2012, the German courts have ruled that the practice of Judaism is illegal. What do German Jews not get? Real germans want them to leave. I recommend that Herr Doktor Graumann get some common sense and leave Germany with his fellow Jews, before real germans decide again that the Jews are their misfortune.

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