Bloomberg Vows to Lead War Against Metzitzah B’peh

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bloombergNew York – Mayor Michael Bloomberg has jumped on board to lead the fight against metzitzah b’peh, which those in the know say is just a step away from regulating bris milah in general.

Bloomberg said, “We have an obligation to keep people alive and safe and the courts have held that up repeatedly.”

The comments, made yesterday at a press conference, came following a hearing yesterday in Queens, where New York City rabbonim and mohelim defended the practice of bris milah with metzitzah b’peh, refuting unproven claims that it is to be blamed for infecting infants with herpes.

The Department of Health is waging a war against metzitzah b’peh, claiming it has led to at least two cases of infant death in New York since 2000. The city wants to amend the health law to require mohelim to obtain written consent from parents indicating they are fully aware of the supposed risks involved in bris milah.

Bloomberg said yesterday that “There are certain practices that doctors say are not safe and we will not permit those practices to the extent that we can stop them. You don’t have a right to put any child’s life in danger, and this clearly does.”

Yesterday, Rabbi Avrohom (Romi) Cohn, noted mohel and a Holocaust survivor who represented the American Board of Ritual Circumcision; Rabbi Avrohom Rubin, a prominent mohel in Staten Island; and Rabbi Levi Heber, the director of the International Bris Association, among others, testified.

“I myself have performed 25,000 circumcisions, and, thank God, we have not had one single incident … our guidelines are, I think, much stricter than the medical profession,” said Rabbi Cohn.

Mohelim said that the city’s proposed changes would infringe on their religious freedom, but city health officials are pushing back.

Rabbi Heber said that if the city enacted the proposed amendment, the mohalim would take legal action to stop it.

“If we feel that our religious freedom is being restricted, we have the right to challenge it in court … we are ready, if needed, to challenge this,” he said.

The Board of Health plans to reach a decision on the proposal in September.

Bloomberg said yesterday that he is not deterred by threats of legal action if the city goes through with a proposal to restrict metzitzah b’peh.

{Casriel Bauman for Matzav.com Newscenter}

28 COMMENTS

  1. Before you vote in the upcoming election for State Senate in the “Super Jewish Distric”, keep in mind who voted in the City Councel to over turn the “term limits” that was voted in by THE PEOPLE

  2. Mike – who’s paying the most taxes in New York City – do you want the Jews to move out and perform all brissen in New Jersey with Chris Christie?

  3. Frum Yidden have always suffered from those who wished to destroyed Mesoras Avos from within. The Beis Hamikdash was destroyed on account of heretical Yidden (Gitten 56A), and Torquemada was rumored to have a Jewish maternal grandmother. In modern times, Mohamar Quadaffi had a Jewish maternal grandmother as well. And in the end? We’re in golus, and have to deal with these issues, but we are going to keep the Mesorah as it was given at Har Sinai, like it or not!

  4. Bloomy, you are a blooming idiot. “You don’t have a right to put any child’s life in danger, and this clearly does.”

    Really? ‘Clearly?’ It was proven that the infant who died was exposed to the herpes virus in his own home/family before the bris even occurred. Metzitzah b’peh does not ‘clearly’ put a child’s life in danger, as you claim. And G-d knows better than you what He is doing. Stop rewriting the actuality to suit your political ends.

  5. History is littered with the shattered bodies and political careers of those (Jewish and not Jewish) who worked to destroy our messorah. I dare you, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to lead the crusade against the minhagim and halachos of Knesset Israel, and you’ll break your neck. You won’t be the first. You won’t be the last.

  6. Toeivah marriage is more dangerous, yet the city reported yesterday that it has issued more than 8,200 such ‘Marriage Licenses’ in the past year (since 7/24/11, when it became legal) accounting for more than 10% of the 75,000 Marriage Licenses issued in the City during the same period.

  7. CORRECTION: Toeivah marriage is REALLY dangerous, yet the city reported yesterday that it has issued more than 8,200 such ‘Marriage Licenses’ in the past year (since 7/24/11, when it became legal) accounting for more than 10% of the 75,000 Marriage Licenses issued in the City during the same period.

  8. I wonder if Mayor Bloomberg had a bris milah? He should stop trying to act like a czar banning big sodas, Metzizh B’peh etc. and mind his own business and not mix in to things he doesn’t know anything about.

  9. Rabboisai to the streets! Let our voice be heard! Down with the nanni state! We must defend Millah at this time! It is not a time to be quiet. Raise your voices! Lift your banners! It is a time of attack, and we must defend ourselves.

  10. Bloomberg is an elitist, that is pushing his yuppy ideas on everyone.

    He pushed for “congestive Pricing”

    Bloomberg will only rest after New York, resembles a socialist European city, complete with
    Match box cars
    $8.00 a Gallon gasoline
    [tax payer funded] “Art” exhibits
    Green Everything
    and NO OLD FASHION RITUALS

  11. the Wall street journal said bloomberg’s ex-wife,the mother of his daughters had a jewish mother. If this is correct,then bloomberg’s daughters are Jewish

  12. Comment no.2,the election for the super jewish seat will probably be a referendum on bloomberg. the rebublican’s advisers will probably use that as an issue

  13. “The city wants to amend the health law to require mohelim to obtain written consent from parents indicating they are fully aware of the supposed risks involved in bris milah.” where does it say that anyone wants to stop you from doing MBP? All it says is to get written consent.

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