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December 1, 2013  RSS feed
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Rabbinical court orders mother to circumcise son

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Jerusalem rabbinical court upheld a lower rabbinical court ruling requiring an Israeli mother to circumcise her son or pay a fine of $140 a day.

Following the ruling on Nov. 24, the mother said she said would take the case to Israel’s Supreme Court, which is a secular court.

The baby, who was born a year ago, was not circumcised on the eighth day, as per Jewish custom, due to medical problems, according to the Times of Israel.

The father decided to insist the boy be circumcised when the couple began divorce proceedings in rabbinical court, Haaretz reported. In their decision, the Jerusalem court indicated the mother may be withholding the procedure “as a tool” in those proceedings. However, the mother, identified as Elinor, insisted, “I started reading about what actually happens in circumcision, and I realized that I couldn’t do that to my son.”

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