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Vienna - Religious Circumcision Gets Green Light In Western Austria

Published on: July 30, 2012 03:50 PM
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A letter written by Justice Minister Beatrix Karl was released this afternoon, informing doctors that they will not face criminal charges for performing religious circumcisions. Photo: Michaela BruckbergerA letter written by Justice Minister Beatrix Karl was released this afternoon, informing doctors that they will not face criminal charges for performing religious circumcisions. Photo: Michaela Bruckberger

Vienna - A decision to suspend circumcision in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg except when required for health reasons was reversed today by Austria’s Justice Ministry.

The ruling was protested by a group of religious leaders in Austria representing the county’s Jewish, Muslin, Catholic and Protestant citizens who challenged its legality.

A letter written by Justice Minister Beatrix Karl was released this afternoon, informing doctors that they will not face criminal charges for performing religious circumcisions saying, “We only wanted to get legal certainty for doctors so they can be clear whether they face legal consequences if they perform circumcisions for religious reasons.”

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A spokesman for the justice minister told Reuters that the ruling gave doctors the authority to decide if they wanted to perform circumcisions, a procedure not covered by the public health system.

Austria is currently home to 9,000 Jews and half a million Muslims.


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 Jul 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM alterknaker Says:

What the austrians can aprove,in the so called malchus she'll chesed of america is banned, shame on you america,

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM Wise-Guy Says:

On the one hand, this is good news.
On the other hand, I pity a Jewish child that has his Bris performed by a Gentile, or non-religious, doctor.
A Bris should be done by a Jew that is Shomer-Torah U'Mitzvos.
And the more Yiras-Shomayim he has the better.

I learned that An "Ehrliche Yid" Mohel has a beneficial spiritual effect on the child.

This is somewhat similar to choosing a Shochet who has great Yiras-Shomayim.

Of course, the Mohel should also be an expert. And healthy.

Yes, I know that it's basically impossible to judge the level of a person's fear-of-heaven.
But there are tell-tale signs...
i.e.
If the Mohel spends his time in Casinos ... Uh Uh.
If he's spending his available time learning and doing Chessed ... Uh Huh.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM The_Beadle Says:

Reply to #1  
alterknaker Says:

What the austrians can aprove,in the so called malchus she'll chesed of america is banned, shame on you america,

When did circumcision get banned in America?

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 08:12 PM 5towns Says:

Reply to #1  
alterknaker Says:

What the austrians can aprove,in the so called malchus she'll chesed of america is banned, shame on you america,

What on earth are you talking about? Mila is in no way banned in America.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 08:42 PM sissel613 Says:

well folks, some people like #1 doesn't know his/her facts. He is getting confused with our darling mayor who is questioning metzizah bapeh just like he is getting himself involved with a mother's right to nurse or not.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 09:27 PM Robert Says:

Reply to #1  
alterknaker Says:

What the austrians can aprove,in the so called malchus she'll chesed of america is banned, shame on you america,

unfortunately, based on your comment you do not seem to be well....

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 Jul 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM c Says:

Reply to #1  
alterknaker Says:

What the austrians can aprove,in the so called malchus she'll chesed of america is banned, shame on you america,

What are you talking about?

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 Jul 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM Not_just_that___ Says:

Reply to #1  
alterknaker Says:

What the austrians can aprove,in the so called malchus she'll chesed of america is banned, shame on you america,

Incorrect. Bris is permitted here. Even MbP is not being challenged; the (wrongheaded) regulagion being proposed is only that a consent form should be required..

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 Jul 31, 2012 at 07:18 AM MbP Says:

In defense of #1 some say if the מציצה /meziza was not done (appropriately) than the whole mila is in question!

כתב המהרי״ל דיסקין זצוק׳׳ל אב״ד בריסק הובא בשד"ח וז״ל: בדבר המציצה כשיבא אליהו 'אולי' ימצא לטהר את הנמולים שלהם שיהי׳ מותרין לאכול הפסח עכ״ל. פי׳ שאלו שלא נעשה מציצה (כראוי) רק אלי׳ 'אולי' יטהרם ויכריע אס דינם כאלו אינם נמולים כהונן ואסורין בקרבן פםח או לאו.

כתב הרמב"ם בפ"ב מהל` מילה ה"ב ואח"כ מוצץ את המילה עד שיצא הדם ממקומות רחוקים כדי שלא יבא לידי סכנה וכל מי שאינו מוצץ (כראוי)מעבירין אותו עכ"ל

כתב הרמב"ם בפ"ב מהל` מילה ה"ב ואח"כ מוצץ את המילה עד שיצא הדם ממקומות רחוקים כדי שלא יבא לידי סכנה וכל מי שאינו מוצץ מעבירין אותו עכ"ל

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