German Prosecutor Drops Anti-circumcision Charges Against Mohel

Court says Hof chief rabbi, David Goldberg, who was charged in 2012 after a Cologne court ruled circumcision illegal in Germany, satisfies child welfare requirements.


A German prosecutor has dropped all charges against a rabbi for his role as a circumciser.

A statement by the Hof prosecutor on February 21 said that Rabbi David Goldberg of Hof satisfied all requirements regarding child welfare which are not jeopardized by the circumcision, the Jewish-German publication Jüdische Allgemeine reported.

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

Charges were brought against Goldberg last year after a court in Cologne ruled that circumcision was illegal in Germany. Goldberg, who has been working as a mohel in Germany since 1997, said he was very pleased the case was now closed and that 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.

The German parliament has since passed a new law allowing circumcision, with some restrictions.

A Jewish baby at his circumcision. Credit: AP
Rabbi David Goldberg

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