American Rabbi Denies Botching Circumcision, Requiring Emergency Surgery

Rabbi's attorneys maintain he performed the ritual 'in a careful and competent fashion, with the care and skill normally exercised by mohels.'

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A Pittsburgh rabbi has denied botching a circumcision in response to a lawsuit filed by a couple who claim their eight-day-old infant required reconstructive surgery after the ritual.

Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg's response, filed Monday in a county court, acknowledges the boy was injured during the circumcision on April 28.

But the rabbi's attorneys contend he performed the ritual "in a careful and competent fashion, with the care and skill normally exercised by Mohels under the same or similar circumstances." A mohel is specifically trained to perform ritual circumcision.

The lawsuit, which was filed last month, claims that the baby needed emergency reconstructive surgery and leech therapy.

The lawsuit doesn't identify the child or his parents and does not document the baby's injuries.

A Jewish circumcision ceremony.Credit: Limor Edry

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