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Supreme Court in Israel Reverses Decision by Rabbinical Court on Bris Mila


A couple reportedly undergoing divorce has recently received much media attention. The woman, who has custody of their son, has refused to perform a bris mila on him. Earlier this year, a rabbinical court in Netanya fined her NIS 500 ($140) per day for refusing to perform the bris mila. The fine has so far reached NIS 2,500.

The woman attempted to appeal the fine but the Rabbinical Court in Yerushalayim rejected her appeal. The woman has now taken the case to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger issued an interim order freezing the decision of the Supreme Rabbinical Court, now permitting the mother to hold off with performing the bris.


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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.