ritual circumcision


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ritual circumcision

a surgical procedure for removing the prepuce of the male in Jewish communities or the labia minora of the female in Muslim communities as a religious rite. In Jewish families the male circumcision is usually performed on the eighth day after birth. The practice dates back to the ancient Egyptians, and in some societies it is a prerequisite for marriage. See also circumcision, clitoridectomy, female genital mutilation.

ritual circumcision

The religious rite performed by Jews and Muslims at the time of removal of the prepuce.
See also: circumcision
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In November 2004, DOHMH was notified of twin male infants who developed disseminated HSV-1 infection following ritual circumcision (Table 1, cases 3 and 4); one died.
Upon his return to Curacao in 1844, he had joined the National Guard as a second lieutenant, and each time in the subsequent fifteen years when he had to leave the island to perform ritual circumcisions elsewhere, he had to obtain permission from his military superiors to do so.
While this statement represents welcome progress in an area that has concerned many humanists and freethinkers for the better part of this century, it falls far short of taking an uncompromising stand on the issues of human rights and medical ethics that surround the medicalization of ritual circumcision.
Thus, the practice of ritual circumcision reflects a belief that the sacrifice of the foreskin indicates manhood, and an obligation of the Jewish male to bind his will to that of his God (Breuer Walfisch, 1987).
Rabbi Pinchas Frenkel, the Health Ministry official responsible for overseeing religious matters, stressed that a ritual circumcision was not considered a "medical procedure" and therefore the Health Ministry and the Chief Rabbinate were jointly responsible for overseeing it.
On 16 June 2014 voted Parliament the proposal to offer ritual circumcision of boys in public hospitals in Norway.
Astonishing indifference to deaths due to botched ritual circumcision.
As the act states, "The purpose is to ensure that the ritual circumcision of boys is conducted in a safe manner, and to ensure that the possibility of ritual circumcision is available.
He has been using the pulpit his office provides to warn European governments that moves to ban ritual circumcision could lead to the demise of their countries' Jewish communities.
6] Most circumcisions currently performed in China are for phimosis or balanitis and patients are not looking for the denuded glans appearance of a ritual circumcision.
The debate over whether boys need to be circumcised or not was given another anti-argument after three indigenous Northern Territory teenagers were recently hospitalised over a botched ritual circumcision.