419 posts categorized "Med-Ethics"

July 9, 2014: Elderly Haredi Mohel Cuts Off Baby's Penis, Penis Could Not Be Surgically Reattached
Comments: 40 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
An elderly mohel recently cut off the glans and part of the shaft of a baby's penis in a horrible circumcision accident that will seriously impact the child for the rest of his life. Above: file photo Exclusive: Elderly Haredi...

July 1, 2014: OU Gives Kosher Supervision To Injection-Only Prescription Drug – The First Time This Has Ever Been Done
Comments: 22 | Categories: Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
A new injection-only drug has received a hechsher (rabbinic supervision mark) from the Orthodox Union and is the first pharmaceutical prescription drug ever to receive one – a complete innovation in halakha (Jewish law) because the drug is given by...

June 22, 2014: Haredim Fear Dangerous Circumcision Rite Could Be Banned In Israel
Comments: 15 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
Haredim are worried that the Yesh Atid Party will be moving to ban or limit metzitzah b’peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done (primarily by haredi and religiously right wing Zionist Orthodox) mohels after cutting off the baby’s foreskin. Haredim...

June 21, 2014: Kabbalist Collapses At Kotel, Allegedly After Week-Long Fast
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , Sefardim
Rabbi Ya'akov Adas – who frequently exhibits symptoms of severe Obsessive Compulsive Syndrome (OCD) – allegedly had been fasting and praying nonstop since learning about the three teenage boys kidnapped in the West Bank June 12. Above: Rabbi Ya'akov Adas...

June 12, 2014: 3 Weeks After Chabad Child Plunges To His Death From 6th Floor Window, Some Families Still Refuse To Install Window Guards
Comments: 17 | Categories: Chabad , Child Safety , Crime, etc. , Med-Ethics
Three weeks after a 21-month-old Chabad boy fell to his death out of an unprotected six-floor window in a Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment, some Chabad families with children who live in the same building have still not installed legally mandated...

June 10, 2014: Court Rules Against Family That Refused To Give Boy Chemotherapy After Rabbi Told Them Not To
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
A 14-year-old boy is facing leukemia for the second time. Doctors want to start chemotherapy immediately but the boy and his family are refusing to do so be cause a rabbi told them not to. Court Rules Against Family That...

June 9, 2014: Hospital Rabbi Fired For Embezzlement, Chief Rabbinate Attacks Hospital For Lack Of Kosher Supervision
Comments: 2 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics
Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate is risking the lives of hospital patients, the Health Ministry and Assaf Harofeh Hospital claim, in a cheap bid to force the hospital to rehire or replace a rabbi fired for stealing. Hospital Rabbi Fired For...

June 8, 2014: Knesset To Decide If Doctors Can Kill Terminally Ill Patients
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
A law proposed by Yesh Atid Party MK Ofer Shelah that would legalize mercy killing by doctors was discussed by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation today. All of the members of the committee – except for the members from the...

June 2, 2014: Haredi Doctor Who Lied To And Misled Patient And Caused Her Painful Injury Is Featured Speaker At Chabad Event On Jewish Values In The Workplace
Comments: 27 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Med-Ethics , Women & Judaism
Just over a decade ago, Dr. Daniel Lanzer advertized his "qualifications as a dermatologist, skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic laser and liposuction surgeon. But in fact he held no specialist surgical qualification," an Australian court found. That court also found...

May 24, 2014: Zionist Orthodox Rabbis: Medical Marijuana Use Okay During Shmitta, Recreational Use Forbidden At All Times
Comments: 8 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
"I receive grass as a medication. The shmitta year will begin in four months, and observant IDF disabled veterans have been asking themselves whether the grass should be grown differently [during the shmitta year] like fruits and vegetables [are to...

April 27, 2014: First Rabbinically Approved Safe Sex Anti-HIV Information Published In Israel
Comments: 31 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
"We must understand in the clearest manner that silence has its price. When we fail to talk about a certain issue – it basically doesn't exist in our consciousness, and when it happens – the way to risky behavior is...

March 29, 2014: Women Who Have 4 Or More Babies Have Greater Risk Of Heart Disease
Comments: 8 | Categories: Med-Ethics
Women who give birth to four or more children are much more likely to have evidence of plaque in their heart or thickening of their arteries – early signs of cardiovascular disease – compared with those having fewer pregnancies, according...

March 27, 2014: Circumcision: Leading Haredi Mohel Refuses To Comply With New York City’s Informed Consent Requirement, City Apparently Does Nothing
Comments: 21 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Cohn called the city’s claims that MBP transmits herpes a “blood libel.” He also insists that he will never get written consent from parents performing it. “If they want me to go to jail, I will go to jail,” Cohn...

February 19, 2014: Israeli Court Orders Hospital To Continue Minimal Life Support For Toddler Over Family’s Objections
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics
Yesterday, a Jerusalem court authorized Shaarei Zedek Medical Center to perform an emergency medical procedure to save the life of a 2-year-old girl over the objections of her parents. Israeli Court Orders Hospital To Continue Minimal Life Support For Toddler...

February 14, 2014: Men, Don't Shower Before Or After Using The Mikva, Letter In Der Blatt Says
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics
"…I was surprised to read a letter in your paper suggesting that immersion in the mikva without taking a shower beforehand helps the spread of MRSA infections. Mikva before prayers is a very spiritual practice, and it is thus highly...

February 2, 2014: 2 Haredi Kids Die From Meningitis
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
Two haredi children died early Sunday morning from meningitis. It is unclear based on the available reporting if the children’s parents delayed transporting their children to hospitals due to Shabbat restrictions. 2 Haredi Kids Die From Meningitis Shmarya Rosenberg •...

January 30, 2014: Scandal-Ridden Haredi-Owned Home Healthcare Agency Greenlighted By State Health Department, Despite Record Of Alleged Medicaid Fraud And Patient Abuse
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Americare Certified Special Services, controlled by haredi bigwig Martin “Elly” Kleinman, is poised to get an expanded license on the recommendation of the New York State Health Department, despite years of lawsuits and regulatory actions against it for alleged Medicaid...

January 19, 2014: In Israel, Calling An Ambulance To Save Your Life May Cost You Money
Comments: 24 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
If a person needs to be taken to a hospital emergency room to be treated or evaluated, Israel’s various health insurers won’t pay for the ambulance ride to the hospital if the patient is not admitted to the hospital by...

January 9, 2014: Woman Dies When Nursing Home In Haredi City Refuses To Call Doctor On Shabbat
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
“Your mother will be the first to be seen by the doctor when he arrives on Sunday morning…” the nurse allegedly said, “when the doctor returns from his day off – Shabbat.” Woman Dies When Nursing Home In Haredi City...

December 4, 2013: Haredi Rabbi Says Not Sucking Baby's Penis At Circumcision Heresy, Part 2
Comments: 13 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
For those very of few of you who were too dishonest to admit the truth last week, here's more proof that Rabbi Moshe Meiselman – the haredi nephew of Rabbi J.B. Soleveichik who falsely claims what he teaches are his...

November 29, 2013: Not Sucking Baby's Penis After Removing Foreskin Is Heresy, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 41 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
According to Rabbi Moshe Meiselman…whenever Chazal make a statement about realia, and do not indicate that they are speaking tentatively, then they are correct, and to doubt them is heresy. Rabbi Meiselman thus states, with regard to metzitzah [b'peh, the...

November 19, 2013: 60% Of Haredi Women Do Not Take Their Babies For Hearing Evaluations – Even Though The Evaluations Are Free
Comments: 11 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
Six out of 10 haredi women don’t take their babies for free hearing checks, Tel Aviv University hearing researcher Dr. Sarah Ingber reportedly told the Knesset today. The Jerusalem Post reports: Six out of 10 ultra-Orthodox women don’t take their...

November 10, 2013: Haredi Rabbi Caught Cheating On EMT Test, State Voids Results Of 25 Test-Takers, Changes Test
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
“I didn’t take any pictures of the exam. I don’t know why anybody would make such an accusation,” Max reportedly said – despite the fact that a fellow test-taker had caught him on camera doing so. Rabbi Ezra Max snapping...

October 31, 2013: Haredi, Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Oppose HPV Vaccine Over Modesty Fears
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
“There’s certainly no place for such a vaccination in a religious school, since it rests on the fundamental assumption that the girls are steeped in the sins of Western culture, in which girls give their bodies to men and don’t...

October 17, 2013: Israeli Haredi Women Have Less Breast Cancer Than Secular Women But Poorer Survival Rates
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
"Haredi women are characterized by a different lifestyle compared to secular women. They start giving birth at an earlier age and have more children, and so the breast cancer which develops in their body is on a different hormonal background,...

October 15, 2013: Breslov Hasidim Fly Days Old Infants To Uman To Circumcise Them On Rabbi Nachman’s Grave, Sparking Outrage, Concern
Comments: 27 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a Stoliner hasid who has served as chief rabbi of Ukraine for about 23 years, also reportedly attacked the new Breslov custom. “I don’t understand why people would bring a baby to a rabbi’s grave for...

October 8, 2013: Kosher Chicken Infested With Dangerous Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Comments: 6 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics
For reasons researchers could not be explain, kosher chickens had almost twice the amount of antibiotic-resistant E. coli as regular chicken and organic chicken. Kosher Chicken Infested With Dangerous Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria...

September 29, 2013: The New York Times On Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice And NYC's Mayoral Candidates
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics
Both the endorsed Republican and Democratic mayoral candidates have apparently decided to disregard the health and safety of haredi babies in exchange for the bloc votes of those babies' parents. A Chabad mohel performs metzitzah b'peh in Brooklyn late last...

September 23, 2013: Illegal Borough Park Sukkah Blocks Street, Fire Hydrant
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
An illegal hasidic sukkah located on 54th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues blocks access to a fire hydrant – and also narrows the street so much that it is difficult for emergency vehicles to pass. Please click to enlarge:...

September 16, 2013: Ethically Challenged New York City Councilman Proposes Bill To Forbid City From Regulating Dangerous Circumcision Practice
Comments: 6 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
“This is one of the most outrageous examples of government intruding into the ability of residents to freely practice their religion without restrictions based on questionable findings. I continue to be outraged that the city took this incredibly misguided step...

September 15, 2013: Haredi Rabbis Order Kosher Cellphone Providers To Block Numbers Of Rape Crisis And Suicide Prevention Hotlines
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , Women & Judaism
Providers of haredi-rabbi-endorsed 'kosher' cellphones have reportedly blocked the numbers of rape crisis and suicide prevention hotlines on the orders of haredi rabbis, leaving haredi women in a dangerous position and causing Israel's Ministry of Communications to demand answers. Cellphone...

September 3, 2013: Munkatcher Rebbe And Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson Discuss Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 19 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Haredi leaders, including the Munkatcher Rebbe, vehemently oppose this informed consent requirement – not because they think it is too weak, but because they do not think it should exist at all. The Munkatcher Rebbe and other haredi rabbinic leaders...

August 29, 2013: Gas Masks Are For Purim, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky also reportedly ordered haredi yeshiva students to continue studying and to ignore the talk of war. Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Gas Masks Are For Purim, Haredi Rabbi Says Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A senior haredi rabbi, Chaim Kanievsky,...

August 28, 2013: Haredim With Beards Reportedly Denied Gas Masks By IDF Home Front Command
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
There is an expensive type of mask used for elderly, disabled and seriously ill people that has an air pump built in that reportedly could provide protection to many (but probably not all) haredim with beards. But the government does...

August 28, 2013: Video: Leading Edah Haredit Rabbi Allegedly Blocks Organ Donations, Critically Ill Patients May Die As A Result
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
An unidentified leading haredi rabbi from the Mea-Shearim-based Edah Haredit haredi umbrella organization who is allegedly "from among the poskei ha-dor" allegedly convinced a Zionist Orthodox wife not to donate her husband's organs – even though her husband allegedy died...

August 28, 2013: Video: Haredi Measles Outbreak, Vaccines, And The Danger Of Fundamentalism
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics
MSNBC's Chris Hayes did an excellent report last night on measles outbreaks due to lack of vaccination – including the recent outbreak in haredi Brooklyn caused by parents who refused to vaccinate their kids and a much smaller outbreak in...

August 28, 2013: [Updated With Video] In Exchange For More Than 10,000 Satmar Bloc Votes, Bill Thompson Promises Satmar To "Revisit" Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 8 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
As Satmar power-broker Rabbi David Niederman gave his NYC mayoral endorsement to Bill Thompson, promising Thompson more than 10,000 Satmar votes, Thompson responded by promising Satmar that he would help them on the metzitzah b'peh (MBP) issue, the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis-sucking...

August 21, 2013: As Polio Fears Deepen, Israel’s Chief Rabbis Are Forced To Order Reluctant Haredim To Vaccinate Their Children
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
Israel’s state-funded chief rabbis issued an order to haredim today – an order that would be almost unimaginable anywhere else in the Western world. The chief rabbis ordered haredim to overcome their fear of vaccines and get their children vaccinated...

July 30, 2013: Nathan Lewin Says NYC’s Demand For Informed Consent Before Controversial Haredi Ritual Circumcision Practice Is Reasonable
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
"It seems to me that it is not unreasonable, even in the area of religious observance, for the city to require parents to sign a form that says that their eight day old baby can have this controversial procedure performed...

July 26, 2013: A Health Notice From A Satmar Mikva
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics
Do not urinate in the shower and do not spit on the shower floors because of the measels outbreak in the haredi community, a Satmar men's mikva says. Related articles More Intrigue Over Sale Of Williamsburg Armory To Satmar Cult...

July 25, 2013: Haredi Organ Trafficker Sells Brooklyn Home For More Than $2 Million
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Med-Ethics
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, who bought kidneys from live donors from poor countries like Moldova – sometimes at gunpoint – for approximately $10,000 each and sold them to desperately ill Americans for $120,000-160,000, has sold what the New York Observer calls...

July 23, 2013: Brooklyn Haredi Measles Outbreak Ends
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics
The measles outbreak in haredi Brooklyn is finally over, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygine says. The JTA reports: A measles outbreak in Brooklyn is over, the New York City Department of Health said. The department...

July 16, 2013: Should You Fast In This Heat?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Med-Ethics
When the temperature surpasses 90º, are you required to fast? For more people than you may realize, the answer is that not only are you are not required to fast, you really shouldn’t try to. You may even be breaking...

June 28, 2013: Update: Arsenic In Kosher Chicken, Etc.
Comments: 20 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics
Empire tells us whether or not is uses arsenic-based drugs and Naftali Hanau of Grow and Behold Foods wants his previous remarks clarified. Chicken Updates: Empire Kosher Poultry It took three weeks, several exchanged emails and a scheduled phone call...

June 28, 2013: Video: Eric Salgado Lies About Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice, Says He Will Fire health Commissioner If Elected
Comments: 11 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Appalling: In a new low, New York City mayoral candidate Eric Salgado lies, claiming "rabbis" agreed to a DNA test to prove metziztah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done by many haredi mohels after cutting of the foreskin, does...

June 26, 2013: Leave Health Risk Assessment Of Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Procedure To The Rabbis, NYC Mayoral Candidate Says
Comments: 20 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
In the continuing rush by candidates for New York City mayor to pander for the haredi bloc vote, city comptroller John Liu says haredi rabbis – not doctors and public health professionals – should decide whether metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the...

June 26, 2013: Is Your Kosher Chicken Safe To Eat? Probably Not
Comments: 34 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics
Is your kosher chicken safe to eat? Based on a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins, the answer is that, most likely, your chicken – kosher or non-kosher – is not safe to eat. Here's why. According to a...

June 17, 2013: OU Publishes Defense Of Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice, Endorsement Of Haredi Rabbi Who Tried To Destroy Modern Orthodoxy
Comments: 30 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
The OU has published an article on the medical halakha rulings of the late haredi leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv that contains a defense of metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the dangerous mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done primarily by haredi mohels after cutting off...

June 14, 2013: Video: Haredi Measles Outbreak Spreads, Two Miscarriages, Severe Pneumonia Reported
Comments: 58 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics
The outbreak, which is contained to haredi neighborhoods in NYC (and haredi communities in London and upstate New York), has already caused two miscarriages and several cases of severe pneumonia. The outbreak started in and is largely transmitted by haredi...

June 10, 2013: Why Haredim Who Allow Dangerous Circumcision Procedure To Be Done On Their Children Could End Up In Prison
Comments: 22 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
"For parents, there is no religious exemption, no absolute license that lets you do what you want in the name of religion." Mtzitzah b'peh performed by a Chabad mhel in Brooklyn late last year JewishWorldReview.com has an interesting piece that...

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