Hikind Responds to Mayor Bloomberg: Bris Milah Is “Not Soda Pop”

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hikindBrooklyn State Assemblyman Dov Hikind says he’s “frankly aghast” at Mayor Bloomberg’s comments concerning circumcision under review by the city Health Department.

Hikind said Bloomberg’s comments on metzitzah b’peh were insensitive and disrespectful.

“Orthodox Judaism isn’t barbaric,” said Hikind, an Orthodox Jew. “Who cares more about children than their own parents? There’s no call for Mayor Bloomberg to speak disrespectfully to our community, to speak condescendingly about our cultural traditions.”

“This issue is not about soda pop,” Hikind added, getting in a swipe at the mayor’s mission to limit sugary soda sales. “it’s about religious tenets and it requires an extremely sensitive and respectful approach, not flip remarks that are insulting to an entire community.”

Bloomberg said Tuesday that the practice of metzitzah b’peh, which is under review by the New York City Health Department and was the subject of a recent hearing, is potentially dangerous to newborns.

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

Asked about Hikind’s criticism, a Health Department spokesperson told The Daily Politics, “There is no safe way to perform oral suction on any open wound in a newborn. To protect infant health, parents considering ritual Jewish circumcision need to know that circumcision should only be performed under sterile conditions, like any other procedures that create open cuts, whether by mohelim or medical professionals.”

Kol hakavod to Dov for saying what has to be said.

Source: THE NY DAILY NEWS

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Dov. Keep speaking out against this arrogant, out of touch, illigitimate Mayor. Mike should really step down, in disgrace!

  2. What about the other present and would be Jewish politicians and how about the leaders of the Mosdos? Only you DOV made comments. I am still waiting for the others

  3. to yo bro:
    so you know better than G-d. they have no proof that metzitzah is dangerous. they are trying to find a way to stop us from continuing this practice so they say it is dangerous. we are doing this since we got the torah at har sinai. who knows better the DOH or Hashem? it is brought down (in the torah) that metzitzah bpeh is the only way to bring the blood out from far places and therefore remove the blood that could be harmful to a child and using another instrument to do this does not get out the blood that it is meant to. so if anything you would be harming your child by NOT doing metzitzah bpeh. it’s amazing how some people believe everything they read and hear without verifying it. Do you really think Hashem would command us to perform bris milah in this way if it was dangerous??????????????????????? think about it!

  4. Dov your a walking kiddush hashem. Your parents would be very proud to know that your protecting what the nazis tryed taking away.

  5. BIG YASHER KOACH DOV !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR OUR LAWS AND CUSTOMS THAT WERE TOLD BY OUR SAGES “ASHER MIPIHEM ONU CHAIM” WITCH MEAN : FROM THEIR SAYINGS WE FOLLOW OUR LIFE STYLE ACCORDING TO JEWISH LAW, AND NOT THE MAYOR IS THE ONE TO TELL US HOW TO CONDUCT OUR LIVES AS ORTHODOX JEWS

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