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Post-mortem Circumcisions Opposed

August 17, 1993
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Israel’s Ashkenazic chief rabbi has ruled that circumcisions should not be forcibly performed on anyone — whether they are alive or dead.

Commenting on post-mortem circumcisions that are performed without the permission of the family, Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau said, “The Chief Rabbinate sees circumcision as a privilege and not something that should be forced on anyone.”

His statement came in response to recent disclosures that some Orthodox-controlled burial societies were performing ritual circumcisions on the uncircumcised bodies of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

The circumcisions were performed, often without family permission, as a prerequisite for burial in a Jewish cemetery.

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