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The Proper Performance of Bris Milah

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
When it comes to Metzitza B’Peh, we are not discussing a Biblical Commandment, nor are we referring to a Rabbinical enactment from the Gemarah's time. We are referring to a hallowed Minhag from days of yore to use the mouth only.

Metzitza B’Peh: Infant Russian Roulette

16 Elul 5772 – September 3, 2012
I would be opposed to the government legislating against doing MbP. That it is considered so vital by so large a segment of Jewry combined by the low probability of a child ever contracting herpes moves me to oppose it. In this case I do feel that banning the procedure would be an unconstitutional impediment to freedom of religion. But that is not the law being proposed.

Germany’s Circumcision Police

15 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
Does the German government really want to get into a public battle over whether they are better guardians of the health and welfare of Jewish (and Muslim) children than their parents?

We Are Not Home In America

12 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Yishai and Malkah discuss the Iranian nuclear threat, the need for Israel to reduce its dependance on American military hardware, and Yishai weighs in on the upcoming American presidential election.

Israel’s Chief Rabbi in Germany to Help Resolve Circumcision Crisis

4 Elul 5772 – August 22, 2012
A rabbi in Bavaria, Germany, has been slapped with criminal charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling.

Rabbi Charged with Illegal Circumcision in Germany

4 Elul 5772 – August 21, 2012
Criminal assault charges have been filed against the rabbi of the Jewish community in oberfränkischen Hof, Rabbi David Goldberg, for circumcision for religious reasons....

Israeli Pediatric Association Calls for End to Metzitzah B’peh

25 Av 5772 – August 13, 2012
The Israel Ambulatory Pediatric Association is calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite that is also under fire in New York. Direct oral-genital...

20 Bipartisan Congressmen Voice ‘Deep Concern’ over German Circumcision Ban

24 Av 5772 – August 11, 2012
A bipartisan group of 20 Congressmen sent a letter to the German government expressing “deep concern” over a recent German court decision to effectively...

Make-Believe Bris: Norwegian Official Suggests Jews, Muslims Do ‘Symbolic’ Circumcision

19 Av 5772 – August 7, 2012
Norway’s ombudsman for children's rights has proposed that Jews and Muslim replace male circumcision with a symbolic, non-surgical ritual.

The Circumcision Debate in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

11 Av 5772 – July 30, 2012
Legal obligations and guarantees of human rights should be universally applied – but these should include mutual respect between religious and non-religious people, and members of differing religious communities. Germany would do well to examine thoroughly, respectfully and seriously, the beliefs of its Jewish and Muslim citizens about the circumcision of their sons, not to mention the unquestionable medical advantages.

Germans Do Not Favor Male Circumcision

5 Av 5772 – July 24, 2012
An opinion poll indicates that, despite the political initiative to have the Cologne verdict overruled by a law later this year, a majority of Germans favor a ban of male circumcision. In a Europe that is becoming ever more secular, there is a real danger that religious practices will gradually be pushed aside in order to assure that the impression is not given that little children and -in ritual slaughter- animals are made to suffer.

German Lawmakers Pass Pro-Circumcision Non-Binding Resolution

1 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
Germany's parliament called on the government to step in to protect the right to religious circumcision of boys, as long as it is done...

PC Just Went a Notch Crazier over Circumcision Petition

27 Tammuz 5772 – July 17, 2012
How our chief editor, who normally wouldn't hurt a fly, managed to offend a lady from Toronto by merely citing a Mishna…

Germany and the Levy Report

23 Tammuz 5772 – July 13, 2012
Yishai and Malkah further discuss Germany's ban on ritual circumcision along with discuss the Levy Report.

Orthodox Rabbinical Group Urging German Jews to Defy Court Ruling on...

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 12, 2012
Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body is urging Jews in Germany to uphold the commandment to circumcise newborn sons, despite a court ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act.

Over 10,000 People Sign Petition Against German Ban of Bris Mila

18 Tammuz 5772 – July 8, 2012
On Saturday Night, July 8th, the 10,000 person signed the petition against the German court's ban on Brit Mila. The petition can be found here:...

Crowning Miss Holocaust Survivor

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 6, 2012
Yishai and Malkah talk about a recent beauty pageant for Holocuast survivors along with contrasts between new German and Israeli Laws. They also discuss a gift that was recently delivered from a fan.

German Muslims Now Call on Parliament to Save Circumcision

15 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
Around 20 organizations representing four million Muslim residents of Germany, announced that the parliament must ensure religious freedom by removing legal doubts about circumcision since the June 26 court ruling. The ruling was also criticized in no uncertain terms by the head of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Dieter Graumann.

It’s Official: No Circumcision in Germany – Jewish Hospital Bans the...

13 Tammuz 5772 – July 3, 2012
The Jewish Hospital in Berlin has suspended all religious circumcisions of children following a ruling delivered by a German court banning the practice.

German FM: Religious Traditions Protected in Germany

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 2, 2012
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle weighed in Friday on a controversial German court ruling on circumcision, saying the country protected religious freedom and traditions,...

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