NYC Health Board Set to Discuss Metzitzah B’Peh

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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}

{Matzav.com Newscenter}

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