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February 09, 2013

Video: Chabad Mohels' Association Angered By 'Anti-Metzitzah-B'Peh-Circumcision' Lottery Ad

NY Lottery 'Anti-Metzitzah B'Peh' Ad"It's very unfortunate that people are not taking this matter seriously. The City's meddling in our rituals reminds many of Communist Russia. What's most ironic is that in Russia today Jews are more free to practice this mitzvah than in Brooklyn."

NY Lottery 'Anti-Metzitzah B'Peh' Ad

The Chabad news blog COLLive reports:

A new commercial for the New York Lottery, using humor and exaggeration to portray what money can buy a lucky Powerball winner, might have pushed the line. The TV spot, [was] created by DDB New York ad agency…

…The City's Board of Health [along with hundreds of the top infectious disease specialists and other public health specialists, including the US Centers for Disease Control and two major Israeli studies, one released in the past few days – but COLLive tells readers none of that] says metzitzah b'peh (oral suction during the bris) can lead to fatal herpes infection. Rabbis and mohelim say there is no evidence to support that claim.

"This is no laughing matter and it's even frightening that the government is trying to regulate religious practice," Rabbi Levi Heber, the director of the International Bris Association [a party to the haredi lawsuit against the city and its new informed consent requirement for metzitzah b'peh], said in response to the Lottery commercial.

Speaking to COLlive, Heber said: "It's very unfortunate that people are not taking this matter seriously. The City's meddling in our rituals reminds many of Communist Russia. What's most ironic is that in Russia today Jews are more free to practice this mitzvah than in Brooklyn."

But what might be even more ironic is that the ad agency has mistakenly used the term 'herpetologist' which is the occupation of a zoologist that specializes in reptiles, amphibians, crocodiles and turtles, with no connection to the herpes disease.

When asked for a comment on Thursday morning, a representative of DDB New York told COLlive.com they will be responding by email. None has been received.

 

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"The City's meddling in our rituals reminds many of Communist Russia. What's most ironic is that in Russia today Jews are more free to practice this mitzvah than in Brooklyn." So let the Holy Rollers all move back to Mother Russia. They won't be missed. The move will save American taxpayers a bundle in welfare handouts.

After watching a few times, I fail to see what got Chabad's underwear in a collective knot. Much ado about nothing.

But what might be even more ironic

Not as ironic as their use of that word.

how stupid...
because here in the united states we have codes and laws and are trying to protect the babies...
good morning!!!
are these people stupid...i mean, if I can figure this out.....

The Jews remain unrestricted in the use of this practice as before. It's just limited to doing it to each other, adult to adult. And rightfully so.

sc--w them, always and nothing but furious, indignant outraged. yiikes!

It was a brilliant commercial and a brilliant joke.

I think the ad agency knew exactly what they meant when they used "herpetologist". I think it is amazing that this got past the Lottery Execs, but good for the copy writers.

I agree, danny, the ad agency knew exactly what a herpetologist is, but used it because of how it sounds. Brilliant!

I think they knew that 'herpetologist' would have that reaction as well.

I remember a story about a political race in some southern state where one accused his opponent of shamelessly masticating in a public place.

If someone wants to get back at the New York Lottery, publicize the odds.

big deal,,,its a satire commercial....levi heber take a chill...

Rockey - "So let the Holy Rollers all move back to Mother Russia. They won't be missed"

What makes you think that anyone missed them there or anywhere? I can't count all those instances I have heard 'thanks God the're gone' ,...

Now I get it, thank you very much!

How did Heber see the commercial if smiling waving mendy has assered television?

Gevezener Chossid - Is this the incident you remember?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER0zKTGI2g8

Chabad's extreme reaction to the lottery commercial is because it reflects the true feelings and reactions of New Yorkers to their arguments to allow MBP- Complete Ridicule. The judge was too polite and respectful in dismissing their argument in a long and respectful judgement when she could have just dismissed the action with 'Are you fucking nuts?' which is what New Yorkers reaction is to MBP and which the lottery commercial taps into.
Ridicule is the strongest form of contradiction.

"I remember a story about a political race in some southern state where one accused his opponent of shamelessly masticating in a public place."

Isn't that the same guy who accused his opponent of being a thespian?

Herpetologist, as in one who studies snakes, as in the serpent that tempted Eve. Chabad, get a life!

Meddling in your rituals?

You're fiddling with a defenseless person's privates and reducing them for life! It's a shame the city didn't ban the cutting outright.

Foreskin feesREALLY good. Seriously, it's trhe best part.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23374102?dopt=Abstract

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