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November 26, 2013

Israeli woman fined for refusing to circumcise son

Rabbinical court rejects mother's appeal of $140 fine for each day the child remains uncircumcised.

Jewish infant Or Chaim Nagar, eight-days-old, is held by his uncle Yitzhak Cohen as he is soothed with a drop of sweet wine after he was ritually circumcised in a ceremony on November 2, 2004 in the Israeli settlement of Neve Dekalim in the southern Gaza Strip. David Silverman/Getty

A religious court in Israel has fined a woman $140 each day that her one-year-old son remains uncircumcised. The Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem has reportedly rejected an appeal from the woman, who is currently going through a divorce and whose husband insists the procedure be carried out. 
Rabbinical courts in Israel have jurisdiction in Jewish religious matters, including marriage and divorce. However, the woman's lawyer reportedly argued that the court does not have the authority to demand the circumcision. According to +972 Magazine, there is no legal requirement for parents to have their sons circumcised.