Pittsburgh rabbi denies botching circumcision

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh rabbi has denied botching a circumcision in response to a lawsuit filed by a couple who claim their 8-day-old infant required reconstructive surgery after the ritual.

Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg’s response, filed Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, acknowledges the boy was injured during the circumcision on April 28.

But the rabbi’s attorneys contend he performed the ritual “in a careful and competent fashion, with the care and skill normally exercised by Mohels under the same or similar circumstances.” A mohel (MOYL) is one trained to perform the Jewish ritual.

The lawsuit filed last month by attorney Neil Rosen claims that the baby needed emergency reconstructive surgery and leech therapy.

The lawsuit doesn’t identify the child or his parents and neither that document nor the rabbi’s response detailed the baby’s injuries.

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