Sep 13, 2012

with pride in the Rabbinical Assembly's voice, two articles on the NY Board Of Health Approval of Measure Against "Bris Suction" @rabbiassembly #pikuachnefesh

with pride in the Rabbinical Assembly's voice in this conversation,
here are some articles on the NYC Board Of Health Approval of Measure Against "Bris Suction" Practice

NYTimes: Denouncing City's Move to Regulate Circumcision

N.Y Jewish Week: Board Of Health Unanimously Approves Measure Against Bris Suction Practice
09/13/12 - Staff Report and JTA
from the articleMetzitzah b'peh is not used in most Jewish circumcision ceremonies, but many in the haredi community still adhere to it. Haredi leaders have resisted calls to replace direct oral suction with the alternative approaches. The health department's vote represents the culmination of a year of debate surrounding the practice, which was sparked by the death of an infant in Brooklyn last September and the subsequent revelation that a mohel who performed the ritual on the infant had tested positive for herpes. In June, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley condemned the practice of direct oral suction. Some 200 haredi Orthodox rabbis in New York signed a statement last week accusing the health department of "spreading lies" in order to pass the waiver measure.... read more....

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