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  • German lawmakers propose barring circumcision before age 14

    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

    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...

  • Swiss hospital lifts ban on circumcision

    August 10, 2012 | 11:46 am

    A Swiss hospital which briefly banned circumcision announced that it would now allow the procedure.

    An announcement by University Children’s Hospital Zurich said on Friday that a three-week moratorium, now ended, was needed to assess the practice’s legal implications.

    The...

  • Germans launch pro-circumcision petition

    July 30, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Two Jews and a Muslim in Germany have started a pro-circumcision campaign to counter a court ruling that bans the practice.

    Last month, a court in in Cologne, Germany ruled against non-medical circumcision on the grounds that circumcision causes grievous bodily harm.

    The petition...

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  • Germany’s Jews won’t be punished for circumcisions

    July 13, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Germany’s Jews and Muslims will not be punished for breaking the law if they carry out circumcisions on young boys, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said.

    “For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in...

  • German court ruling on circumcision riles Jewish community

    June 27, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Germany’s top Jewish leader called on the federal Parliament “to ensure religious freedom” following a Cologne court ruling that said circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm.

    Though Monday’s decision by the District Court of Cologne does...

  • Cost to keep circumcision off ballot: $100K

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    In the very public fight over a ballot measure aiming to ban circumcision of underage males in San Francisco, the Jewish-led coalition that succeeded in keeping the practice legal in the city spent more than six times what the ban’s proponents did.

    The Committee Opposing Forced...

  • Jews shaken by strong East Coast earthquake

    August 23, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Jewish centers and synagogues were evacuated as a result of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was felt throughout the East Coast, the Forward reports.

    Staffers at synagogues in Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va., the city closest to the epicenter, tried to calm one another’s...

  • UPDATED: S.F. court rules to remove anti-circumcision measure from ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 27, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    In a tentative ruling published this afternoon, a San Francisco Court ruled in favor of removing a controversial proposition that would have prohibited circumcision of males under 18 from the city’s November 2011 ballot.

    San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi found...

  • Natalie Portman names son ‘Alef’ according to Israeli media

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 7, 2011 | 9:22 am

    There is a strange competition among famous people over who can come up with the most original baby names.

    According to a rumor swirling in the media, the Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has named her son Alef, according to a report published in the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom,...

  • 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...

  • In S.F. circumcision ban battle, unusual tactics on both sides

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 27, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    The fight over San Francisco’s ballot measure seeking to ban circumcision for male minors in that city is getting a little weird.

    On one side, you’ve got a small group of religious Jews using Facebook to invite people to San Francisco’s Union Square on November 9. In the...

  • Proposed circumcision ban not merely a parochial concern

    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...

  • The great California foreskin fight of 2011

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 21, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    As luck would have it, the day local Jewish leaders gathered in Santa Monica to discuss the community’s response to a proposed ballot measure aimed at banning circumcision in that city was the very same day the proposition was rescinded by its proponent.

    Twenty-five people came...

  • It’s a Boy! for Natalie Portman

    By Hollywood Jew

    June 15, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    The Oscar winning actress and her fiancé Benjamin Millepied are now the proud parents of a baby boy. Born Wed. morning, that’s pretty much all we know for sure.  The famously private actress is keeping tight-lipped about the baby’s name and place of birth, and has not released...

  • In foreskin fight, even terminology is being disputed

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 31, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    According to the proponent of a ballot initiative to prohibit the act of surgically removing a male baby’s foreskin, the term “circumcision” is nothing but a euphemism.

    “Having your foreskin amputated is probably more like it,” said Jena Troutman, a doula and mother of...

  • San Francisco’s Curious Attachment to the Male Foreskin

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 26, 2011 | 11:02 am

    I’ve always thought of San Francisco as the very paragon of a live-and-let-live city. But it turns out if has a curious attachment to the male foreskin. This November, believe it or not, a measure will be on the ballot to ban circumcision for all males under the sage of 18, making...

  • Circumcision wars in California

    May 24, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    The attempt to make circumcision illegal, including those performed for religious reasons, is spreading beyond San Francisco, which aimed last week to become the first American municipality to ban the practice. Now, residents of Santa Monica have filed a petition indicating that...

  • A World Record Bris

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 9, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Every bris I’ve been to only had one screaming baby followed by a shmorgasborg of bagels and lox, mimosas, and mingling.  The ratio of surgical patients and onlookers has always been severly skewed – one crying baby to hoards of relatives and family friends. Apparently that’s...

  • Jewish groups condemn effort to ban circumcision

    November 18, 2010 | 5:27 pm

    San Francisco-area Jewish organizations condemned a proposed ballot measure to outlaw Jewish ritual circumcision in the city.

    The Anti-Defamation League, the local Jewish Community Relations Council, the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and the American Jewish Committee...

  • VIDEO: The Bris Saver

    By The Web Guy

    August 11, 2008 | 1:41 am

    It was an ordinary brit milah—until the mohel passed out cold . . .

    A Project Direct entry from Single Serving Films.

    Directed by Benji Samit.
    Written by Dan Hernandez.
    Starring Blake Anthony, Cat Davis, Marty Dusig, Charley Rossman, Dick Moss, and Allison Taft Learned

    Hat tip to Sharon @ http://portlandisawesome.com/

     

  • Don’t click on this story about a ‘circumcision accident’

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 15, 2007 | 8:51 pm


    Really, you can try and find out what’s behind that provocative headline on our home page nifty JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) Java [tm] news ticker, but why would you?

    It’s much better if you make up your own story.

  • The Mohel’s Wife

    By Felisa Billet

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When I congratulated "Julie" at her son's bris, I couldn't believe that she looked better than I did at my wedding. Like most of the other women attending the ritual circumcision, we were amazed that anyone could be so put together eight days after giving birth. Trim and graceful...

  • I Do!—But Not to You

    By Paul Franklin Stregevsky

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ting, ting. A dinner spoon rapped on a glass at our table of single wedding guests.

    "Let's go around the table," another guest said, "and let everyone say a bit about himself."

    One by one, my seatmates at Table No. 3 delivered an awkward Who-Am-I.

    Another wedding, where I'm an FOB...

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