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  • German rabbi criminally charged for performing circumcisions

    August 21, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    A rabbi in Bavaria has been slapped with criminal charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling in May.

    The charge against Rabbi David Goldberg, who is a mohel, or ritual circumciser , means that the May decision in the state of...

  • Circumcise your hearts

    By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    August 8, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Consider the artichoke for a moment. It is an odd but instructive vegetable. An artichoke is prickly and surrounded by an armor of leaves protecting the soft center, the heart of the food. Boiling or steaming it loosens the protective leaves, permitting you to pick them off one by...

  • Report: Circumcision lowers prostate cancer risk

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 13, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The World Health Organization has already recommended circumcision based on research showing that it lowers the risk of heterosexual men contracting HIV. And that wives and girlfriends of circumcised men are less likely to get HPV. Of course, a rare circumcision procedure, known as...

  • Metzitzah be-Peh and Protecting Jewish Infants

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    March 7, 2012 | 7:39 am

    It is difficult to believe I am writing about meẓiẓah be-peh, that there is a necessity to address this topic once again. Apparently, yet another Jewish infant has succumbed to an infection and died due to the practice of meẓiẓah be-peh. The Brooklyn DA is even now looking...

  • Infant boy dies after receiving herpes from circumcision procedure

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 7, 2012 | 12:17 am

    Despite the rhetoric flying around last summer, circumcision is an exceptionally safe procedure. But there is a religious variation that is less so. It involves oral suction of the wound, and it’s a manner of transmitting herpes.

    In 2004, an infant in Brooklyn died after receiving...

  • 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...

  • Letters to the editor: Boyle Heights, Steve Zimmer, circumcision

    July 19, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Boyle Heights Reflections

    Thank you for Tom Tugend’s nostalgic article on Boyle Heights (“The Nickel Pickle,” July 15).

    Although I was born in Boyle Heights in 1928, we moved away to “upscale West Adams” when I was a few years old. However, I so well remember the...

  • “Foreskin Man” brings anti-Semitic imagery into circumcision fight

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 3, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    The backers of a ballot initiative in San Francisco aiming to ban circumcision in that city have consistently maintained that their efforts are not anti-Semitic.

    But the “Foreskin Man” comic book, which was written and edited in 2010 by the founder of a San Diego group...

  • The realities of the circumcision debate

    June 2, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    There is nothing esthetically appealing about a Brit Milah, the circumcision procedure performed on an 8 day old Jewish baby boy.  To witness a barely one week old child strapped down with Velcro to a “Circ Board” in sight of everyone gathered is visually unappealing, if not...

  • 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...

  • S.F. archbishop raps proposed circumcision ban

    May 25, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop expressed his opposition to a city ballot initiative that would ban circumcision for minors.

    Archbishop George Niederauer condemned the initiative in a May 23 letter sent to the San Francisco Chronicle, his archdiocese’s newspaper reported.

  • Snip Judgment

    By Calev Ben-David

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    If you were circumcised as an adult and have experienced sexual relations both before and afterward, then Emily Bazelon wants to know about it. Why that concerns me -- and may concern you -- takes a little explaining.

    Bazelon, a writer for the online magazine Slate, commented in her...