Bloomberg On His Bris Milah Battle: “Who Wants To Have 10,000 Guys In Black Hats Outside Your Office Screaming?”


bloombergFor the November issue of The Atlantic magazine, the editor in chief, James Bennet, interviewed Michael Bloomberg about some of his boldest views and decisions.

Here is the portion of the interview on the city’s Board of Health’s efforts to regulate bris milah:

Read the paper today: Do you know what metzitzah b’pehis is? You should read the front page of the New York section of The New York Times today. It is a practice that Orthodox Jews —

“I think it’s fair to say that nobody else would take that on. I mean, come on! Forget about the fact that – ‘They do what!?’ — Who wants to have 10,000 guys in black hats outside your office screaming?

“And yet, I said to the rabbis again yesterday: The science is not perfect, and it is to some extent an art — medicine — but there is a reasonable chance that this is dangerous to kids’ health. There have been some kids who we believe die or have brain damage from the practice. My obligation is to protect the citizens. I understand freedom of religion. Nobody stood up for it more than me — go back to the [Ground Zero] mosque, where I got beaten up for doing what was right …”

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Yeah but he’ll give half a million dollars to the part of society who practice a life style which is nearly guarateed to bring on fatal disease! And he cares about ..
    exactly who????

  2. Why aren’t there 10,000 guys in black hats screaming at him for promoting toeivah ‘marriage’???

  3. He’s a good Mayer, but Brooklyn Jews generally have two issues with him which makes them blind to everything else. (a) He gives tickets. However I’m sorry to say that the tickets won’t stop when he leaves office. You cant double park in Brooklyn and block traffic; its rude. Get over it. (b) The metzitzh bpeh thing which is a legitimate thing to be angry about. However you cant blame his position on metzitzh on a lack of intelligence or managerial abilty. From a non-frum perspective its really weird. Try explaining to him why for health reasons we have to do this thing.

  4. be prepared for all your rights & freedoms to be taken away slowly but surely-not in one shot-& soon WE will not be able to live in the USA as frum yidden. all our rights & freedoms are being taken from us one at a time & the USA is about to become what used to be communist russia

    pack your bags NOW & head for Eretz Yisroel, while the pressure is not so hard & before america is attacked by iran. for then it will be too late & everyone will be leaving in poverty, wishing they had left-now-when they were told.

    BOTTOM LINE:this is all the work of Hashem & the choice is yours if you wish to leave now or wait & suffer ahead C”V

  5. isn’t there a risk of autism from the MMR shot, when I take over Bloomberg, or join the DOH, I’ll stop the MMR from being given, without consent from the baby and it’s mother, that they’re both aware that the baby might get autism from it!!

  6. I think the mayor is quite brave.
    You still have the right to choose what you want to do, just you will be made aware of possible problems,even if they are slight.

  7. This is just a prelude to what Obama will do in his last term. This is kids play, get ready for real trouble in 2 weeks. I bet $1000 that Obama WILL be reelected. You heard it here

  8. do you know that there was a time when he originally became mayor that i thought that he was a GOOD mayor!! its really sad how my view has changed over the years….
    Bloomberg: Leave us alone!!! if you are bored, do a sudoku!! x try to play around with dangerous ideas!!!!!

  9. Mayor Bloomberg’s worldview is interesting. On one hand he shows some understanding of ethics by approving the informed consent form re. MBP. Yet at the same time he agrees to fund pro same gender marriage campaigns (which go against the traditional interpretations of Judaism on the subject as explained in the Pentateuch) that will appear on the ballots of Maryland, Maine and Washington on Nov. 6th.

    I’m not sure if he is conflicted or just confused. Moral clarity is required in leaders, not equivocation on crucial points.

    The NYC Board of Health should stick to its guns. A lone, pure, innocent and free child who is right will surely defeat 10,000 men who are wrong.