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  • Lenny Kravitz had a wardrobe malfunction

    August 5, 2015 | 10:31 am

    Clothes, they say, make the man. But occasionally, a lack thereof may make the man as well.

    Example: Lenny Kravitz’s man parts — revealed to the world Monday when the rocker’s leather pants split during a concert in Stockholm and much talked about online since then — says quite a...

  • Spiritual authenticity and the circumcision decision

    July 8, 2015 | 10:52 am


  • Woman jailed after fleeing to avoid circumcising 4-year-old son

    May 19, 2015 | 10:43 am

    A Florida woman is in jail after fleeing with her 4-year-old son to keep him from being circumcised.

    Heather Hironimus, 31, of Boynton Beach was arrested  last week after going into hiding with her son Chase three months ago rather than give her consent and turn the boy over for...

  • Anti-vaxxers, intactivists and motivated reasoning

    By Roger Price

    January 14, 2015 | 10:42 am

    If you write a piece positive about medically approved vaccinations, as I did here and as Dr. Albert Fuchs did here, people who oppose vaccinations, the anti-vaxxers, will respond quickly and forcefully. If you write something positive about the millennia old tradition of male...

  • Haredi circumcision practice infects New York baby with herpes

    December 24, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    A controversial circumcision practice has led to the infection of a New York City baby with neonatal herpes, according to the city’s health department.

    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Tuesday in a press release that the case was reported in...

  • Anti-Semitism creeps into ‘Natural Childbirth’ movement

    September 18, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    It’s the special treatment reserved for Jews that earns the anti-circumcision “intact-ivism” movement the label “anti-Jew.” And it’s the large space created for intactivist representation within the natural childbirth movement which unfortunately poisons this otherwise effective...

  • For new dad, a stronger bond from circumcising son

    July 16, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought.

    But the mohel, Cantor Philip Sherman, was serious. Although most fathers demur when he invites them to perform the bris on...

  • Israel’s Supreme Court voids rabbinical court ruling requiring bris

    June 30, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court nullified a rabbinical court ruling that required a mother to circumcise her son.

    In a 6-1 vote, the high court on Sunday decided to move the case involving divorcing parents to family court, saying that only a civil court can impose such an action.


  • Silverstone doesn’t take a kind view of circumcision

    May 5, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Alicia Silverstone has had a long and varied career in the public eye, from her star-making turn in the 1995 film “Clueless” to her reemergence a decade later as a vegan and animal rights activist. But in her latest iteration as a celebrity mom, Silverstone is taking on a new role...

  • Health benefits of circumcision reinforced

    April 16, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles.

    A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal Mayo...

  • Watch: ‘Mohels,’ an a capella take on Lorde’s ‘Royals’

    November 14, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Ever noticed how “mohels” rhymes with “royals”? Well the University of Maryland a capella group Kol Ish did, and thank goodness.

    In their version of teen pop star Lorde’s “Royals,” retitled, yep, “Mohels,” the boys have a thing or two to say to those opposed to circumcision.

  • How to become a Jew

    May 8, 2013 | 11:40 am


    There are a variety of options for how to begin the process, but all involve study with a rabbi. Some people study with an individual rabbi for a period of time, and other people enroll in group classes designed especially for converts.


  • Poll: 45 percent of Britons favor banning shechitah

    March 29, 2013 | 5:05 am

    About 45 percent of 1,900 Britons polled favored banning Jewish ritual slaughter and 38 percent said they favored banning nonmedical circumcision.

    In the poll, which was conducted last week by the YouGov polling agency for The Jewish Chronicle of London, 45 percent of respondents...

  • March 20, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 20, 2013 | 3:24 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama heads to Israel amid low expectations

    To Read:  Eliot Cohen believes that the price the US has to pay for living up to its word and preventing global chaos is definitely payable:

    Americans take for granted the world in which they grew up—a world in...

  • European doctors: U.S. colleagues support circumcision out of bias

    March 19, 2013 | 7:53 am

    Thirty-eight physicians from Europe wrote a paper alleging that “cultural bias” was behind the pro-circumcision stance of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    The commentary, published Monday on the website of the U.S.-based Pediatrics journal, disputes a report by the academy...

  • A Timeline of Myself and Judaism

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 20, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    Age .2: I have just been circumcised for no apparent reason. A bearded man prayed to me. I cried throughout the night.

    Age 4: I have begun to notice that there are other people in this world known as “Christians.” My favorite television shows all have specials...

  • German Parliament passes law guaranteeing legality of ritual circumcision

    December 12, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The German Parliament passed a law protecting the right of Jewish and Muslim parents to choose a ritual circumcision for their sons, after months of heated debate over efforts to ban the practice.

    In all, 434 legislators voted Wednesday for the new law proposed by the federal...

  • 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...

  • German Cabinet schedules circumcision amendment

    October 5, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Germany's Cabinet has scheduled a discussion on an amendment that would formally legalize ritual circumcision but place some restrictions on who could circumcise and how.

    The discussion was set for Oct. 10, the German paper Die Welt reported. To become law, the amendment needs to...

  • Jewish groups weigh in on N.Y. board’s planned vote on waiver for circumcision ritual

    September 10, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    A Conservative rabbinic group is supporting a proposed New York City Board of Health measure that requires parental consent for a controversial circumcision practice, while an Orthodox group opposes the regulation.

    The health department is scheduled to vote this week on a measure...

  • German state of Berlin declares circumcision legal

    September 5, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    The state of Berlin declared circumcision legal.

    Berlin became the first of Germany's 16 states to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to the German news agency...

  • What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2012 | 11:31 am

    My two smart and well-informed colleagues, Dr. Rabbi Dov Maimon and Nadia ‎Ellis (of JPPI fame), just published a new report on the so-called Circumcision ‎Crisis. That is, the attempt to limit or ban circumcision and other religious ‎practices in Western Europe. The paper is...

  • Tasmanian state body recommends banning nonreligious circumcision

    August 24, 2012 | 11:18 am

    An advisory governmental institution in an Australian state is recommending that it ban non-medical circumcision on boys “except for religious reasons.”

    The Tasmania Law Reform Institute – whose task is to modernize state laws – recommended “the enactment of a new and...

  • 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...

  • Israeli chief rabbi visits Berlin on circumcision issue

    August 21, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children.

    In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin’s Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted...

  • Norwegian official: Jews, Muslims should replace circumcision with ‘symbolic’ ritual

    August 6, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Norway’s ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed that Jews and Muslim replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual.

    Dr. Anne Lindboe told the newspaper Vart Land last month that circumcision in boys was a violation of a person’s right to decide over his own...

  • 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...

  • Health issue or anti-Semitism: Switzerland joins German circumcision ban

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

    July 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Today come reports that hospitals in Zurich and St. Gallen have suspended the practice on Jewish and Muslim boys in the wake of a similar ban in Germany ordered by a judge in Cologne.

    Judges in Cologne concluded that circumcision, even when performed by a doctor, is considered...

  • Health issue or anti-Semitism: Switzerland joins German circumcision ban

    July 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Today come reports that hospitals in Zurich and St. Gallen have suspended the practice on Jewish and Muslim boys in the wake of a similar ban in Germany ordered by a judge in Cologne.

    Judges in Cologne concluded that circumcision, even when performed by a doctor, is considered...

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