As with Kashrut (the kosher slaughtering of animals), and its Muslim halal equivalent, there have been problems recently with the religious rite of circumcision. With anti-circumcision activists demanding a law against the practice in San Francisco and now a court in Cologne, Germany ruling against it Jewish and Muslim communities have come together to protest. This article from Reuters reports on a joint rally of hundreds of Jews and Muslims in Berlin. There is a possibility that the German government will introduce a new rule that ‘exempts circumcision from punishment’ and thereby overruling the decision in Cologne. Click here to read the full article.
The image above shows Rabbi Yitzhak Ehrenburg placing his kippah on the head of Kenan Kolat, head of the Turkish Community in Germany.