Wednesday, December 18, 2013

An Israeli woman has appealed to the Supreme Court against a rabbinical ruling that ordered her to circumcise her one-year-old son, the Justice Ministry said

There is no law in Israel making circumcision obligatory for Jews, but a rabbinical court that was presiding over the woman's divorce case has ruled that she must fulfill her husband's wish in the matter. It fined her 500 shekels ($142) a day until she did so. Rabbinical courts in Israel have jurisdiction over matters of marriage and divorce and operate under the Justice Ministry. In their ruling, the presiding rabbis said that the woman was using her refusal to circumcise her son as leverage against her husband.

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