Israeli Woman Fined for Refusing to Circumcise Son

JERUSALEM — An Israeli rabbinic court is fining a woman hundreds of dollars for not circumcising her infant son.

The court ruled last week that circumcision was for the child’s welfare and that the woman must pay the equivalent of nearly $150 each day she refuses to have him circumcised. The woman told the court she refuses to physically harm her son.

It was the first time a religious court in Israel has punished a parent for refusing to circumcise a child. There is no law requiring circumcision in Israel, but the vast majority of Jews are circumcised, in line with Jewish law. Rabbinic courts have authority over certain family matters.

The Justice Ministry, which is representing the mother, says it will probably appeal the case to Israel’s Supreme Court.

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