Baby named after hero who tackled terrorists unarmedDespite having never met, the Schmerler family decided to name their newborn son after terror victim Tuvia Yanai Weissman.
US House protects shechita and brit as religious freedomsHouse of Representatives passes bill protecting the Jewish right to perform circumcisions and ritual slaughter.
House passes bill protecting circumcision, ritual slaughterBill broadens definition of 'violations of religious freedom' to include bris milah, shechita - and atheism.
Europe Overrules Recommended Circumcision BanThanks to joint Jewish-Muslim rallying, European Council has decided not to recommend a ban on circumcision.
Chief Rabbi Blasts Ruling Favoring Brit-Refuser MomPresident of of the Great Rabbinical Court, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, says secular courts are eroding religious courts' authority.
High Court Allows Mother to Refuse Son's CircumcisionIn precedent-setting ruling, Court says Rabbinical Court can't force circumcision if one parent objects.
Turkish Governor Resigns over 'Ottoman Circumcision'Watch lavish Muslim circumcision for 'Ottoman prince' son of Turkish governor in sultan's tomb.
Rabbinic Court Cannot Decide on CircumcisionA rabbinic court overstepped its bounds when it ruled in parents’ circumcision battle, Attorney General says.
Bennett: Haaretz is Anti-JewishEconomics Minister Naftali Bennett attacked the Haaretz newspaper, saying that it published only negative reports about Judaism
Norway FM Assures Circumcision Ban Will Not HappenFM Brende reassures Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is concerned over a proposed ban on ritual circumcision.
Moving Brit Milah on the Ruins of HomeshLimor Har Melech, who lost her husband in a 2003 terror attack and remarried, had her baby circumcised on the ruins of Homesh.
Rabbi: Norway's Circumcision Ban is Jewish ExclusionRabbi Margolin, General Director of EJA, calls Norway's proposed circumcision ban nothing more than 'Jewish exclusion.'
Canada: Quebec Politician Calls to Ban CircumcisionLeading candidate of the Quebec Separatist Party calls to remove the word 'Jewish' from the Jewish Hospital of Montreal, ban circumcision.
Council of Europe: There's Nothing Illegal About CircumcisionCouncil of Europe head responds to President Shimon Peres's letter, assures him there's no law banning male circumcision.
European Council Calls for Circumcision BanThe European Council calls circumcision of children a violation of human rights, calls for legal ban until age 15.
Baby Dies after Post-Brit ComplicationsDoctors tells Rabbinate that the complications resulted from a preexisting condition.
Norwegian Cartoon Depicts Circumcision as a Demonic RitualJewish group considers taking legal action over a cartoon in a Norwegian paper that depicts circumcision as a bloodthirsty ritual.
Berlin Rabbi Investigated for 'Metzitzah' During CircumcisionBerlin's Chabad rabbi investigated for metzitzah b’peh ritual during his son's circumcision. RCE: We fully support him.
German Court Drops Charges Against 'Offending' MohelA German court on Thursday dismissed all charges against a rabbi for his role in the circumcision of a Jewish infant.
New York Court Upholds 'Metzizah' InjunctionNew York City court approves directive that consent form must be signed before “metzizah be'peh” stage of the Jewish bris is performed.
German Candidate Sanctioned Following Circumcision RemarksGerman party urged to withdraw candidate from state election after he used expletive language to describe Jews who practice circumcision.
German Ruling 'Milestone' in Religious FreedomJewish groups have praised the decision by the German Parliament to allow religious circumcision.
Merkel to German Jews: Respecting Circumcision is FundamentalChancellor Angela Merkel seeks to ease the concerns of Germany's Jews over a disputed ruling against circumcision.
Sandy Postpones 'Metziaza Be'Peh' Hearing, Injunction ExtendedManhattan court postpones hearing against new requirement that parents sign a consent form before brit procedure.
New York City Sued Over Circumcision LawsA new lawsuit is brought against the city of NYC against the banning of metzitza b'pe.
German Cabinet Agrees to Protect CircumcisionThe German cabinet has agreed to make sure religious circumcision remains legal following a court ruling earlier this year banning it.
New Proposed German Law Okays Ritual CircumcisionA new proposed German law is set to approve ritual circumcision, hopefully ending the threat to the custom practiced by Jews and Muslims.
Jews and Muslims Protest Over Circumcision in BerlinJews and Muslims gather in Berlin to demonstrate against a controversial circumcision court ruling.
Berlin Allows Circumcision but Bans 'Mohels'Berlin has made new laws for people who want to circumcise their sons – and traditional Jewish mohels don't meet criteria.
Rabbis: Health Dept. 'Spread Lies' About 'Metzizah Be'Peh'A group of rabbis said they would ignore a proposed law that would mandate that parents sign a consent form to perform metzitzah b'peh.
Jews and Muslims Unite in Fight for Religious Freedom in EuropeJewish and Muslim religious leaders from 18 European countries will gather in Paris to discuss increasing religious prohibitions in Europe.
German Rabbinical College Warns Against Wearing Kippot in PublicA rabbinical college in Germany has warned its students against wearing kippot, after a rabbi was attacked by four Arab youths last week.
Merkel 'Acting Vigorously' on Brit TussleGerman Chancellor tells Jewish leader freedom of religion is "undoubtable" part of German democracy.
Circumcision Still Occurring in Germany, Local Rabbi AssuresRabbi Uri Gamson of Germany says local Jews are continuing their regular routine, despite attempts to ban circumcision in the country.
Jews Outraged as Circumcision Issue Hits DenmarkA former Jew in Denmark said that circumcision is a ritual in which 'black-clad men' mutilate a baby. Local Jews outraged.
Peres: Brit is Central to JudaismPresident tells German counterpart he believes Berlin will defend Jews' right to their tradition.
Jews Being Targeted in Germany?Interior Minister and Head of Shas, Eli Yishai, sent a letter to Chancellor Merkel asking her to intervene on circumcision legislation.
Rabbi Metzger: German Circumcision Judge Was Naïve – or SillyThe German judge who ruled that circumcision is a criminal act was naïve, and perhaps even silly, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said.
German Rabbi Sued for Performing CircumcisionA doctor sues a German rabbi in the city of Hof for performing a circumcision on a baby and “physically harming” him.
Rabbi Metzger to Address German Officials Over CircumcisionFollowing controversy regarding circumcision in Germany, Israel’s Chief Rabbi will work to accelerate local legislation on the issue.
US Congressmen Call to Protect Right to Circumcise20 Congressmen express ‘deep concern’ over threat to circumcision in Germany, call to protect religious circumcision by law.
Swiss Hospital Lifts Ban on CircumcisionA Swiss hospital said it is lifting the ban on circumcision that had been imposed following a controversial ruling by a German court.
Austrian Justice Ministry Okays CircumcisionAustria's Justice Minister says doctors are legally allowed to perform circumcisions, after a local governor instructs to stop them.
Wiesenthal Center Urges Swiss Government to Protect CircumcisionThe Wiesenthal center urged the Swiss government to protect the religious rite of circumcision.
Austrian Governor Bans Religious CircumcisionA ban on non-medical circumcision by a regional court in Germany, has prompted a governor in western Austria to follow suit.
Swiss Hospitals Ban CircumcisionTwo Swiss hospitals have banned circumcision, ignoring a German resolution protecting the Jewish rite after a court ruled it illegal.
Brit Mila and Secular Intolerance in GermanyThe Cologne court's decision, though being countered by a German government resolution, made it clear that traditional Judaism is not welcome in the country that once exterminated millions of European Jews.
German Parliament Passes Resolution Protecting CircumcisionGermany's lower house of parliament passes a resolution to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys.
Israel's Envoy to Germany Welcomes Action on CircumcisionIsrael's ambassador to Germany welcomes plans by the German parliament to pass a resolution protecting the right to religious circumcision.
Merkel: Brit Ban would Make Us 'Laughing Stock'Chancellor warns that criminalizing circumcision would make Germans "a laughing stock among nations.”
German Government Promises to Legally Protect CircumcisionThe German government pledges quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise baby boys.
Muslims and Jews Join to Fight German Circumcision BanMuslims and Jews, normally not allies, have banded together to ask the German parliament to overrule the court ban on circumcision.
Video: Tzohar Presents 'User-Friendly Circumcision'The Tzohar Rabbinic Organization has launched a new effort to assist parents circumcising their sons according to Jewish law.
Berlin Hospital Suspends CircumcisionsBerlin’s Jewish Hospital has suspended circumcisions in the wake of a court ruling that the procedure is a crime punishable by law.
EJC Calls on Germany to Condemn Ruling Against CircumcisionThe European Jewish Congress has called on the German government to stand against a regional court decision to criminalize circumcision.
German FM: Religious Traditions are Protected in GermanyGerman Foreign Minister Westerwelle weighs in on a controversial court ruling on circumcision, says Germany protects religious freedom.
EJP Outraged Over German Circumcision RulingEuropean Jewish Parliament expresses outrage over ruling that circumcision should be considered a physical assault.