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Woman Fined For Denying Her Son A Bris Milah

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In a highly publicized case, a woman in the process of getting a divorce from her husband but who has custody of their son is being fined by a rabbinical court in Netanya for refusing to have a bris milah performed on the son.

The woman’s appeal of the fine was rejected by the rabbinical court of Yerushalayim. She is reportedly planning to take her case to the Israeli Supreme Court.

The woman’s lawyer claimed that the rabbinical court did not have the authority to order the woman to circumcise her son, now a year old. The woman says that her exposure to much material regarding circumcision has led her to decide against circumcising her son. She argues that a court should not have the right to force her to, as she sees it, mutilate her son.

The court stressed that this case has the potential to set a dangerous precedent. Currently there is a strong anti-bris milah sentiment around the world, specifically in several European countries including France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.
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