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Israeli Rabbinate Backs Berlin Rabbi for Oral Suction at Brit

15 Iyyar 5773 – April 24, 2013
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has sent a letter of support to Berlin Chabad Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, who was charged by an anti-circumcision activist...

European Rabbis to Grant Merkel Top Honor

6 Iyyar 5773 – April 16, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive a top award from Europe's mainstream Orthodox rabbinic body, the Conference of European Rabbis. It announced Monday that Merkel...

Another Baby (Almost) Bites the Dust

25 Nisan 5773 – April 5, 2013
Rabbi Pirutinsky discussed the issue of 'metzizah b'peh' at length, concluding that if medical experts determine that there is a danger to the child, metzizah should be performed by other legitimate methods.

Mother Blames Mohel for Baby’s Herpes after Circumcision

24 Nisan 5773 – April 3, 2013
The question of the safety of the controversial ritual of sucking the baby’s blood after the foreskin is cut in a circumcision has again been raised following another case of Herpes.

European MDs Accuse US Pro-Circumcision Doctors of Bias

8 Nisan 5773 – March 19, 2013
European MDs keep up their fight against circumcision. Despite universal acknowledgement it helps prevents disease, they charge that US pediatricians in favor of circumcision are “culturally biased.”

Canadian Doctors to Drop Anti-Circumcision Stance

23 Adar 5773 – March 4, 2013
The anti-circumcision crowd is about to suffer a setback with a “revolutionary” new policy by Canadian pediatricians, who will suggest, “Let the parents decide.”

Gentile Prisoners Suddenly Become Jewish for Kosher Food

16 Adar 5773 – February 26, 2013
Pennsylvania prisoners say they are Jewish simply because they want kosher food, which inflates the prison budget. Passover solve the problem when the inmates discover they can’t eat “kitniyot.”

Buddha Statues Join Barbie Dolls in Iran’s ‘Cultural Circumcision’

9 Adar 5773 – February 18, 2013
First it was Barbie dolls. Then it was the Simpsons, another Western “evil.” Now, Iran defends itself against the wicked East and bans Buddha statues.

Is Consent for Metzitza B’Peh Really about Banning Circumcision?

26 Shevat 5773 – February 6, 2013
Metzizah b'peh is not even required by many Orthododx poskim. In fact it is actually discouraged by some.

Indonesian Muslims Rejects Ban on Female Circumcision

13 Shevat 5773 – January 24, 2013
The government is unable to make good on a ban that's been on the books since 2006.

French Jewish Leader: Banning Circumcision Will end Jewish Life in Europe

18 Kislev 5773 – December 2, 2012
The conference, titled "Freedom of Religion and/or Mutual Respect in Europe," was jointly organized by the European Parliament and the European Jewish Association.

Fight over Circumcision Dividing German Parliament

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Left-wing German MPs are threatening to oppose their government's attempt to keep male circumcision legal in Germany. More than 50 MPs from three parties...

Circumcision in Germany, An Update

6 Heshvan 5773 – October 22, 2012
Yishai presents a fascinating audio piece from the BBC about the issue of the legality of circumcision in Germany.  Be sure to tune in to stay informed!

EJC’s Kantor Unveils Model Bill for Europe on Regulating Ritual Slaughter

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 18, 2012
European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor unveiled a model bill designed to set “strict legal terms” on religious freedoms for the continent.

Three Rabbis Sue City over Metzitzah B’peh

27 Tishri 5773 – October 12, 2012
A lawsuit filed Thursday by Jewish organizations and three rabbis argues that a new NY City rule requiring parental consent for metzitzah b'peh, a post-circumcision ritual that involves oral suction in order to stimulate blood flow in the traumatized organ, violates the First Amendment.

Germany Proposes Legislation to Protect Bris Milah

25 Tishri 5773 – October 10, 2012
After a court ruling, that brought the future of Germany's Jewish community into question, and reminded some of a darker time in German history,...

New Brit Mila Legislation May Be Weeks Away in Germany

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
Ritual circumcisions have resumed in the Cologne region of Germany, ending a controversy started in a Cologne court in June, when judges decided ritual circumcision constituted “bodily harm” to boys and religious coercion.

Germany Initiating Pro-Circumcision Legislation

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
A spokesman for German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said his office is working on an outline for new legislation that will permit circumcision of minor males after a controversial court decision in the summer that criminalized the rite.

The Metzitzah B’Peh Controversy

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
Anyone who reads the text of the New York City Department of Health’s proposed rule regarding metzitzah b’peh will immediately notice that two fundamental concerns have been virtually ignored in all of the public debate over the measure.

Orthodox Leaders Fear Precedent Of Gov’t Intervention On Bris Rite

The New York City Board of Health was scheduled to vote this Thursday (two days after this issue went to press) on a measure requiring parents to sign a consent waiver before allowing a mohel to perform metzitzah b’peh, or oral suctioning, on their infants.

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