Rabbi Sued After Accidentally Severing Baby's Penis During Ritual Circumcision

| by Dominic Kelly

A Pennsylvania rabbi is being sued by a family for reportedly botching a baby boy’s bris, or circumcision, during the ritual ceremony.

Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg is now facing a huge lawsuit stemming from the incident.

The rabbi is a certified mohel, or the person trained to perform the ritual circumcision in the Jewish religion.

According to claims, Rosenberg was performing the eight-day-old’s bris at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh when he accidentally severed the baby’s penis.

The baby was rushed to the hospital where doctors performed an eight-hour long surgery to reattach his penis. The operation required six blood transfusions, and the baby spent two months in the hospital recovering. It’s not yet known if the baby will ever have a fully functioning penis.

Now the family is suing Rabbi Rosenberg for incident. Rosenberg, according to reports, says that while it was a “tragic accident” and a “horrible situation” he will continue to perform circumcisions.

“There’s virtually no regulation of this any place in the United States that I know of,” said attorney David Llewellyn of religious circumcisions. “I think the government probably should require some sort of training if this is going to be done.”

Legally, a certified mohel is allowed to perform a circumcision despite not being a medical doctor, but as Llewellyn stated, there is currently no system to regulate it.

Rosenberg’s website says that he is certified by the American Board of Ritual Circumcision. The website also makes clear that “a doctor’s medical circumcision, usually performed in the hospital, is not considered valid according to Jewish law.”