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One circumcision complaint against German rabbi dropped

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Prosecutors in Berlin dismissed a criminal complaint lodged against a rabbi for performing circumcisions.

The Jerusalem Post reported Aug. 20 that the complaint for “causing bodily harm” against Rabbi Yitshak Ehrenberg was dropped as “unfounded.”

An opponent of circumcision lodged the complaint last month after Ehrenberg defended the practice on a television talk show.

The charge against Ehrenberg was the second time a rabbi in Germany was accused of the practice.

The two complaints came after a Cologne court ruled in May that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense. Prosecutors are still considering the first complaint, against Rabbi David Goldenberg from Hof. — jta


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