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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....
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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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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.
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The Conference of European Rabbis will lobby against recent circumcision bans by advocating legislation supporting the practice.
This week, hospitals in Switzerland and a province of Austria announced that they would stop allowing ritual circumcision.
The German lower house of...
July 24, 2012 | 4:33 pm
U.S. military doctors stationed in Germany will continue to perform circumcisions despite a ruling that has roiled the country’s medical and political establishments.
Stars and Stripes on July 23 quoted U.S. officials as saying that a decision by a Cologne court banning...
July 18, 2012 | 1:39 am
Unlike the US and the Soviet Union or India and Pakistan, there is no direct line of communication between Israel and Iran, which, warns Alan Elsner in Algemeiner, could be disastrous if Iran gains nuclear...
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