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  • German lawmakers propose barring circumcision before age 14

    JTA

    November 14, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Some 50 lawmakers in Germany have signed on to a proposal that would bar ritual circumcision for boys under the age of 14.

    The lawmakers -- from the left-wing Social Democratic, Left and Greens parties -- are hoping to preempt a bill that would allow Jewish and Muslim parents to...

  • Jewish groups sue NYC over circumcision rule

    JTA

    October 12, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Orthodox Jewish groups have sued New York City to block a required warning to parents of the dangers of a ritual in which the circumciser uses his mouth to draw blood from the baby's penis.

    The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the Federal District Court in Manhattan by the Central...

  • Opinion: The necessity, validity of circumcision and its ritual

    by Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    August 24, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    With the latest turnaround by a San Francisco court removing the anti-circumcision measure from its city’s upcoming ballot, all of us who advocate circumcision on religious grounds can breathe a sigh of relief.  Gone weeks ago from the ballot in Santa Monica proposed for this...

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  • Appeal unlikely for S.F. circumcision ban ballot measure

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Time appears to have run out for the proponents of a San Francisco ballot measure that would have banned circumcision of any boy under 18 in the city.

    The measure’s backers reportedly had been considering appealing the July 28 ruling by Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi that...

  • Anti-circumcision:  Is this equal to anti-Semitism?

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    June 30, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Believe it or not, an American city, San Francisco, is voting to proscribe one of the central rituals of an entire religious community, the Jewish people, who have been circumcising male infants since the time of Abraham.  Many Muslims, of course, also practice circumcision for...

  • Proposed circumcision ban not merely a parochial concern

    By Basil Herring and Joel Finkelstein, JTA

    June 23, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Circumcision, or “brit milah,” has long been the stuff of cheap jokes and comedy. But in recent weeks, what used to be nothing more than harmless fare has taken on a much more serious tone. So-called “intactivists” on the fringe left of American politics have pushed the radical...

  • Coalition sues to keep circumcision ban off S.F. ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 22, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The Jewish-led coalition working to defeat a San Francisco ballot measure, which would ban circumcision for boys 18 and under, filed a lawsuit there on Wednesday morning asking the city to remove the proposition from the ballot entirely.

    The ballot measure, which would make...

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