German court drops charges against rabbi over circumcision

German court drops charges against rabbi over circumcision

A German court on Thursday dismissed all charges against a rabbi for his role as a circumciser.

Charges had been brought against Rabbi David Goldberg from Hof in Germany last year after a court in Cologne ruled that circumcision was illegal in Germany.

The German parliament has since voted a new law allowing the practice.

A statement by the Hof prosecutor on Thursday said that the rabbi satisfied all requirements regarding child welfare “which are not jeopardized by the circumcision”.

“Circumcisions which are applied with the consent of parents or custodians are not subject to criminal liability,” the prosecutor added.  

Rabbi Goldberg, who has been working as a mohel in Germany since 1997, said he was very pleased the case was now closed and there was clarity on the issue.

“I never had any doubts, I still performed circumcisions,” he said. But I think this is very good news for parents who did have doubts, and for the entire Jewish community.”

Click here to read the full article in Juedische Algemeine

Friday, February 22, 2013.
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