Criminal charges filed against German rabbi for performing circumcisions - Yay or Nay?

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/21 20:13:33
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For the first time, criminal charges have been pressed against a German rabbi for performing circumcisions, a Jewish weekly reported on Tuesday.

A doctor from Hesse filed a criminal complaint against Rabbi David Goldberg, who serves in the community of Hof, in Upper Franconia (northern Bavaria), according to the Juedische Allgemeine weekly newspaper. The chief prosecutor of Hof confirmed that charges had been filed against the rabbi. The charges are based on the controversial decision of a Cologne district court, which ruled in June that circumcisions for religious reasons constitute illegal bodily harm to newborn babies.

“I am shocked,” said Cologne Rabbi Yaron Engelmayer, co-chairman of the national umbrella group of Orthodox rabbis in Germany, in a first reaction to the report. This marks the first time that a court in the Federal Republic of Germany is investigating a rabbi for performing a religious ritual, Engelmayer told the paper

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  • JanHopkins 2012/08/22 03:57:45
  • santa6642 2012/08/21 21:09:40
  • Doc. J 2012/08/21 20:24:26
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    The local and national laws overide religious laws and rituals......... We'd be aplauding if it had been a muslim cleric who got hemmed up for breaking the laws... So tough sh!t Rabbi....dont break the law.
  • none 2012/08/21 20:22:01
  • Transquesta 2012/08/21 20:20:23 (edited)
    Tough call. Did the rabbi not know of the new law? Did he/other rabbis or Jews not have the opportunity to mount resistance against the passage of this new law?

    If the answer is yes to both questions, I don't think he has a moral/ethical leg on which to stand.

    Then again, there's the question of whether a third party has the right to press or otherwise initiate such charges. If the charges had been leveled by a parent or by the adult child upon whom such had been performed, that'd be one issue--but a doctor? Bad precedent here, guys.
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/08/21 20:20:00
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    Sounds like Hitler like thinking may be returning to Germany, and that is
    very alarming....
  • Walt 2012/08/21 20:18:13
    (Whoops. The screen jumped. I selected "Nay.")

    I wonder if the Germans are going to make the rabbi wear a Juden patch while they hold him for prosecution.

    jumped selected nay germans rabbi wear juden patch hold prosecution

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