Thursday, August 23, 2012

Israeli chief rabbi visits Berlin on circumcision issue

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. Photo by Itzik Edri
 Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children.

In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin's Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted that mohels could be trained and certified by German doctors. But he emphasized that the Chief Rabbinate in Israel has to make final decision on whether a mohel is up to par. -- JTA

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