Israel’s Supreme Court has overturned a ruling by a court of rabbis, which stipulated that a new mother was required to have her son circumcised under the terms of her divorce, and despite the potential ill-effects on the child’s health.
The court decreed that “the rabbinical court was unauthorized to discuss the dispute over the circumcision issue, and there is room to annul any decisions made on the matter.”
The decision was reached by a group of seven justices. Six voted in favour. It stated that only civil family courts can impose the measure.
While circumcision is not a legal necessity for Jews in Israel, a rabbi court had previously ruled that the woman must carry out her husband’s wish for the child to be circumcised in the ‘brit milah’ as it is known in Hebrew.