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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...

  • 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...

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  • Mohel performs 4,500th brit

    August 17, 2011 | 10:46 am

    A mohel in Ukraine performed his 4,500th ritual circumcision.

    Rabbi Yaacov Gaissinovitch, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary who also is a medical doctor, officiated at the landmark circumcision last week, the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk announced.

    Gaissinovitch has served as a...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Briefs: Cancer helps Olmert poll numbers, Mrs. El Presidente in Argentina—still good for the Jews

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert's Popularity Buoyed by Cancer

    Ehud Olmert's disclosure that he has prostate cancer edged up his approval ratings. A poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot after Olmert's surprise announcement Monday found that 41 percent of Israelis "appreciate" his performance as prime...

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