The current national government has broken records in the number of bills attacking the religious status quo in many areas, including marriage registration and giyur.
The next item on the party’s agenda appears to be bris milah. At present, there is a voluntary committee comprised of representatives of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Ministry of Health. This body oversees the mohelim and certifies them. A certified mohel receives a license from the Chief Rabbinate and the ministry. The committee also oversees milah in Israel.
A bill by the party seeks to eliminate the current committee, which has a Rabbinate majority. It proposes changing the makeup of the committee so the majority is held by the Ministry of Health.
The concerns are obvious, especially today with the health minister being very secular and a member of Yesh Atid, Minister Yael German. There are fears that if chas v’sholom such a committee assumes control of monitoring bris milah in Israel, metzitzah b’peh and other issues will be outlawed by a secularist medical panel that lacks understanding of a bris milah in halacha.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)