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October 10, 2012 11:11 am

German Law Will Legalize Circumcisions Performed by Medical Professionals

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Instruments used for a Jewish circumcision. Photo: wiki commons.

Times of Israel – The German government on Wednesday approved a bill that will legalize ritual circumcisions if they are performed by a medical professional, three months after a local court criminalized the rite and started a nationwide and international controversy about religious rites versus children’s rights.

The legislation, which would mean that Jewish circumcisers, or mohels, would be able to resume performing the rite without threat of prosecution, was praised by German Jewish leaders.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    What the Germans do not seem to get is that the experience of some pain is probably part of the ritualistic rite that a Jewish child needs to exprience. Circumcision is more than a healthful practice – it is a partial sacrifice of some bodily integrity for both the symbolic and real betterment of the human soul. For that sacrifice to be real, it has to come with some form of consciousness – which to a newborn, unfortunately has to translate into pain. Even our father Abraham at 99 experience a lot of pain after circumsizing himself and he had already sacrificed much for G-d. The Germans cannot conceptualize what the idea of milah means because it was their philosopher Nietzche who educated them about the exact opposite ideology: that man is not subservient to anyone. It is indeed surprising but encouraging that the Germans were able to yield and produce this law. Maybe they in fact learned something from the Holocaust after all.