The High Court of Justice issued an interim injunction on Thursday freezing an
order by the Rabbinical Court of Netanya that a mother pay NIS 500 a day until
she consents to have her infant son circumcised.
In October, the
rabbinical court ruled that the father of the child was permitted to have the
boy circumcised despite the mother’s objections and stipulated that she pay the
fine for every day she continued to refuse to complete the religious
Last month, the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Appeals upheld the
ruling whereupon the mother appealed to the High Court of Justice to intervene,
claiming that the rabbinical court could not force her to circumcise her
On Thursday afternoon, Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger issued
the interim injunction freezing the fine, and also demanded that the Netanya
Rabbinical Court and the Supreme Rabbinical Court provide a response to the
mother’s petition by January 9, 2014.
The child is now one year old and
was not originally circumcised eight days after being born due to medical
problems. The couple have since separated.
The Supreme Rabbinical Court
upheld the original ruling of the Netanya court writing that it appeared that
the mother was refusing to have the boy circumcised as a tactic in her desire to
reconcile with her husband.
“It seems that the will of the woman in
preventing the circumcision is connected to trying to force [her] husband to
[agree to] her claim for reconciliation,” the rabbinical judges wrote, saying
however that this “will certainly distance the husband from wanting
The mother said, however, that after looking into the
matter she decided she did not want the boy to be circumcised on ethical