A Pittsburgh rabbi is currently being sued after he allegedly botching a bris, the traditional Jewish circumcision ritual, and severing a newborn boy’s penis.

The incident happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill within the last year, the ritual performed by Pittsburgh Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg.

According to sources, reports say it took eight hours for a reattachment procedure that thankfully was a success. The baby needed six blood transfusions and was hospitalized for nearly two months.

CBS Pittsburgh reports:

On his website, Rabbi Rosenberg says he is recognized as a “certified mohel by the American Board of Ritual Circumcision.” His site also says “a doctor’s medical circumcision, usually performed in the hospital, is not considered valid according to Jewish law.”

Rabbi Rosenberg told KDKA “I am trained in this.” He also called the case a “tragic accident” and a “horrible situation.” He also says he continues to perform circumcisions.

Meanwhile the baby is recovering with no certainty that he will have a full recovery.


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