Believe it or not, it’s come to this:
A doctor from Hesse filed a criminal complaint against Rabbi David Goldberg, who serves in the community of Hof, in Upper Franconia (northern Bavaria), according to the Juedische Allgemeine weekly newspaper. The chief prosecutor of Hof confirmed that charges had been filed against the rabbi. The charges are based on the controversial decision of a Cologne district court, which ruled in June that circumcisions for religious reasons constitute illegal bodily harm to newborn babies.
Rabbi Yaron Engelmeyer, the co-chairman of the national umbrella group of Orthodox rabbis in Germany, clearly stated how incredibly ugly this is:
“The mohels are inquiring, and we tell them: without circumcision, there is no Judaism,” he said at the time. “Therefore it is hard to imagine how the courts could criminalize a correctly performed Jewish circumcision ceremony. It would be too harsh a sign, especially from Germany.”
Needless to say, we emphatically agree. It was an abhorrent and offensive law, and its consequences were all too predictable.
Engelmayer added: “I think that Germany will refrain [from permanently outlawing circumcisions], also in light of the chorus of outrage, the criticism and the damage it could do to Germany’s image in the world.”
Count us among the outraged. We sincerely hope that the German people come to their senses and undo this foolish court ruling.