NYC Health Board Set to Discuss Metzitzah B’Peh


brisNew York’s Board of Health usually deals with topics like lead paint and tuberculosis, but this week is expected to draw heated arguments on bris milah.

On Monday, the 11-member panel is set to hear public comments on a proposal to require parental consent for circumcisions practiced by ultra-Orthodox Jews in which the mohel performs metzitzah b’peh.

A Department of Health study claims, without proof, that this practice increases the risk of a herpes infection, which can be fatal for infants.

“We are fully convinced that it presents no danger,” said Rabbi David Niederman, a spokesman for the Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada, a group based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

{Wall Street Journal}

{ Newscenter}