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Council of Europe Says Ritual Circumcision Won’t Be Banned

6 Heshvan 5774 – October 10, 2013
Sometimes anti-Semitism is its own best antidote because it makes its sewage makers look as ignorant as they are. After a Council of Europe body said circumcision violates human rights, its leader rejected the idea.

Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe

17 Av 5773 – July 24, 2013
A European rabbinical group has created a union to include every mohel - ritual circumciser - in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and...

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...

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.

To Inform or Not to Inform – That is the Question

28 Elul 5772 – September 14, 2012
With all the bacteria a mouth is known to contain - and the possibility that it might contain bacteria or viruses that are very harmful to a vulnerable 8-day-old child while an adult carrier might not even be aware of it - it is not exactly rocket science to know that putting your mouth on an open wound is not a good idea.

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.

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