199 posts categorized "Circumcision"

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...

March 14, 2014: World Jewish Congress Issues Deceptive Misleading Statement To UN On Shechita And Circumcision
Comments: 7 | Categories: Circumcision , Jewish Leadership , Kosher Scandal
"…Judaism was the first culture to teach that animals, and even plants, should be treated with respect, at a time when humanity had not begun to think in terms of animal rights. Quite conveniently, some prefer to ignore the origin...

February 19, 2014: Israel’s Interior Ministry Refuses To Recognize Conversions Done By Leading Haredi Beit Din
Comments: 26 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Religion
A woman who was converted to Judaism by Rabbi Nissim Karelitz’s haredi beit din (religious court) must re-convert, Israel's Interior Ministry says, and her two-year-old son must have a second brit milah (circumcision) called a hatafat dam brit, in which...

February 12, 2014: Israel’s AG Backs Mother Who Refused To Circumcise Her Baby
Comments: 8 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Religion
“The [High Rabbinical] court exceeded its authority when it ordered the circumcision of a toddler who is more than one year old, and therefore the petition [against the High Rabbinical Court by the child’s mother] should be accepted.…It is doubtful...

January 29, 2014: New Case Of Infant Herpes Transmitted By Metzitzah B'Peh
Comments: 15 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
"…In January 2014, the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene received a report of a new case of HSV-1 infection in a newborn male infant following direct orogenital suction. To date, a total of 14 laboratory-confirmed...

January 26, 2014: Haredi Mohels' Group Backs Mohel Who Cut Off Baby's Penis
Comments: 29 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
The suit says Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg (pictured at right) "suffered from an impairment of his ability to think and process thoughts clearly" and recklessly failed to use the shield normally employed to protect against catastrophic injury. Mr. Rosen said Rabbi...

January 26, 2014: Doctors In Sweden And Denmark Call For A Ban On Infant Ritual Circumcision
Comments: 15 | Categories: Circumcision
“We are not religious experts, but for medical reasons we cannot approve a procedure that removes tissue from the genitals [for non-medical reasons] in which the risk is so great for serious complications.” Doctors In Sweden And Denmark Call For...

January 16, 2014: Video: De Blasio Says He Wants To Change Informed Consent Circumcision Requirement In Consultation With Haredim
Comments: 4 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, says he wants to change the city's informed consent requirement for Jewish ritual circumcisions involving metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis suction done by haredi mohels immediately after removing the baby’s foreskin...

January 16, 2014: New NYC Commissioner Of Health Says Circumcision Informed Consent Requirement Will Remain In Place
Comments: 7 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
New York City’s newly appointed Commissioner of Health Dr. Mary Travis Bassett said today that the city’s informed consent requirement for metzitzah b’peh (MBP – the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis suction done by haredi mohels immediately after removing the baby’s foreskin and...

January 11, 2014: Infant Has Right To Be Circumcised Against Mother’s Wishes, Rabbis’ Attorney Says
Comments: 14 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"The petitioner is not doing a good thing, demanding to instill in her toddler a feeling of being an outsider that could cause him to feel inferior and to suffer serious emotional harm. The petitioner is not looking out for...

January 6, 2014: Haredi Mohel Who Cut Off Baby’s Penis Says It Wasn’t His Fault, Refuses To Admit Guilt Or Pay For The Baby’s Injury
Comments: 21 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim
Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg says it is not his fault that a baby boy’s penis was severed during a bris (Jewish ritual circumcision) he did in Pittsburgh on April 28. And that’s some claim because Rosenberg is the mohel (Jewish ritual...

December 30, 2013: Haredi Mohel Amputates Baby's Penis During Bris
Comments: 59 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim
Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg amputated the baby boy's penis during a bris in Pittsburgh about 8 months ago – and is still regularly doing unregulated circumcisions. Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg Remember the haredi mohel (with Chabad connections) who seriously injured a baby...

December 19, 2013: Israel’s High Court Puts Hold On Rabbinical Court’s Decision To Force Woman To Circumcise Her Son
Comments: 5 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Israel's highest court has issued an temporary injunction that puts a hold on a state rabbinical court's ruling that ordered a woman in divorce proceedings to circumcise her one-year-old son and fined her 500 shekels ($142) for every day she...

December 18, 2013: Haredi Mohel Botches Bris, Causes “Life-Changing Injury” To Child
Comments: 82 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim
The boy’s parents “witnessed the entire gruesome and torturous event” and rushed their son to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children's Hospital for emergency reconstructive surgery. The child also had to have leech therapy. Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg Haredi Mohel...

December 6, 2013: Famous Chabad Mohel Allegedly Botched Bris, Permanently Damaged Child
Comments: 52 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision
Rabbi Eliyahu Shain, a famous Crown Heights-based Chabad rabbi-mohel, allegedly botched the circumcision of a child, causing that child "great physical pain and mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life” and permanent damage. Rabbi Eliyahu Shain Famous Chabad Mohel...

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...

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...

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 9, 2013: UPDATED: Bill De Blasio Promises Satmar That In Exchange For Votes, He Will Repeal Informed Consent For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 21 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
In the open and caught on video, New York City mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio promised the Aharonite Satmar faction that he will repeal the city's informed consent requirement for metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the dangerous direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by...

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 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...

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 24, 2013: European Rabbis Announce Creation Of Mohel's Union
Comments: 6 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , MO & Chardal
"The Conference of European Rabbis has today announced the creation of The Union of Mohalim in Europe (UME). Based upon the model of the UK's Initiation Society, the UME will unite approved mohalim across Europe under a single banner, ensuring...

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 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 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...

June 9, 2013: The Life Or Death Questions NYC Mayoral Candidates Failed To Answer
Comments: 8 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
"…The lives of defenseless infants literally hang in the balance. Because of that, [I] hope and expect that every New York City mayoral candidate, including [this candidate], will fully answer the questions I have asked in this email and [will]...

June 6, 2013: Video: Anthony Weiner Talks Metzitzah B'Peh With Hamodia Editor
Comments: 8 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, now a candidate for NYC mayor, talks metzitzah b'peh, the dangerous mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by haredi (and some Zionist Orthodox) mohels after removing the baby's foreskin, with Hamodia's Rabbi Yosef Rapoport outside last nights NYC...

June 5, 2013: As Candidates Continue To Pander For Haredi Bloc Votes, Two Stand Separate And Alone
Comments: 17 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
NYC mayoral candidates participated last night in another public forum sponsored by haredim, this one in Flatbush, Brooklyn. All of the candidates save for Christine Quinn openly pandered to haredim over metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the dangerous mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done by...

June 5, 2013: Rabbi Moshe Tendler Condemns Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Procedure
Comments: 18 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Moshe Tendler, a professor of biology at Yeshiva University, says that not only is there no religious requirement for metzitzah b’peh—"It was largely brought to America by Hungarian immigration after the Holocaust—but “you will not find a single respected...

June 4, 2013: Quinn Tells Other NYC Mayoral Candidates To Stop “Pandering” To Haredim Over Circumcision
Comments: 7 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
"…whether it’s the Upper East Side transfer station or going into a synagogue–as I did last week–and saying that practices around circumcision that are done in particular ways that are unhealthy for children aren’t gonna continue without proper notification. You...

May 30, 2013: Video: NYC Mayoral Democratic Candidates On Permitting Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Rite
Comments: 15 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim
NYC's Democratic mayoral candidates each explain their position on metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by haredi (and some Modern Orthodox) mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin. If you care about public health, the lives of babies...

May 6, 2013: Video: Haredi Leader Claims Media Bias, Attacks NYC Mayor
Comments: 23 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
At the organization's annual dinner, Rabbi Dovid Zwiebel, the executive VP of Agudath Israel of America, complains that media – and politicians – are biased against haredim. As proof, he cites an unsupported claim made by a right wing evangelical...

May 6, 2013: Don't Let Gentiles Or Average Jews Know We Do Controversial Circumcision Sucking Rite, Chabad Rabbi Says
Comments: 40 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
“[Metzitzah b'peh, the direct mouth-to-bleeding penis sucking done by many haredi mohels after removing a baby's foreskin] is not an issue that should be discussed in a non-Jewish paper. It’s something to be discussed by rabbis.” The mohel at the...

April 24, 2013: Chief Rabbis' Reversal On Circumcision Sucking Ritual Ban Done To Protect Chabad
Comments: 19 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
A Chabad rabbi, Yehuda Teichtal, faces a lawsuit and possible criminal prosecution in Germany for having metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done to babies by mohels after the foreskin has been cut off, done to his infant son...

April 23, 2013: Metzitza B’Peh Is A Part of The Circumcision Procedure And Must Be Done, Israel’s Haredi Chief Rabbis Now Say
Comments: 15 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A letter was released today by the Director of the Circumcision Department of the Chief Rabbinate Rabbi Moshe Marciano. Marciano wrote that the position of the Chief Rabbinate supports the so-called traditional circumcision procedure that includes MBP which, Marciano wrote,...

April 22, 2013: Chabad Rabbinic Organization Lies To Protect Chabad Emissary From Circumcision Lawsuit
Comments: 25 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
The Rabbinical Centre of Europe – which was founded by and is controlled by Chabad – issued a statement today claiming the circumcision was done properly and that it conformed with German law that requires medical protocols be followed. But...

April 16, 2013: Chief Rabbis Tell Mohels To Use Sterile Tube, Not Mouth, For Metzitzah
Comments: 22 | Categories: Circumcision , Israel , Med-Ethics
Two months after an Israeli study found that 1/3 of all neonatal herpes cases in Israel come from circumcisions done with metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis-sucking done by many mohels after removing the baby's foreskin, Israel's haredi chief rabbis...

April 15, 2013: University Of Pennsylvania Issues Statement On Agudath Israel Of America Misrepresentation Of Circumcision Study
Comments: 45 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Penn Med could not be clearer – Agudath Israel of America used an internal Penn Med study without permission, took it out of context and misrepresented what the study found – in other words, the rabbis and gedolim of Agudah...

April 15, 2013: Flawed Penn Haredi Circumcision Study Comes Under Fire As Agudah Court Brief Lies
Comments: 18 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion
The two Penn Med Center for Evidence-based Practice members who did the study cited by haredi umbrella organization Agudath Israel of America in a court filing in support of its claim that there is no valid statistical information to back...

April 12, 2013: Exclusive: Penn Study Cited By Agudath Israel Of America Not Peer Reviewed, Flawed, Authors Did Not Disclose Conflicts Of Interest
Comments: 32 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Evidence Based Medicine did what is known as a review study of the dangers of metziztah b'peh (MBP), the direct-mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done by haredi and some Modern Orthodox mohels after cutting off the baby's...

April 10, 2013: Audio: Conservative Radio Host Michael Savage Does Another Show On Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Penis Sucking Ritual
Comments: 70 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
And the first caller Savage takes is our favorite haredi spinmeister-apologist, Yossi Gestetner, the defender of all illegal and unseemly things haredi. Related articles Chabad Rabbi-Mohel Threatens To Sue Blogger Over Dangerous Circumcision Sucking Ritual Complete Audio: Conservative Radio Host...

April 9, 2013: Study Questions Danger Of Haredi Circumcision Penis Sucking Ritual
Comments: 34 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
"We have been saying for years that the evidence attacking this religious practice is highly dubious, and now we have world class doctors agreeing with us," said Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of Agudath Israel...

April 9, 2013: Complete Audio: Conservative Radio Host Michael Savage Dedicates Show To Controversial Haredi Circumcision Ritual
Comments: 45 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Media & Media Criticism
Michael Savage, upset by a Fox News headline on metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-baby-penis sucking done by many haredi (and some Modern Orthodox) mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin, dedicates more than an hour of his national radio...

April 5, 2013: NYC Metzitzah B'Peh Circumcision Law Toothless
Comments: 23 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
"We developed this law…to balance the right of people to practice religion with the requirements of a health agency to protect everybody, especially the most vulnerable. We require their cooperation and it's a challenge." The health department took no action...

April 3, 2013: Another Jewish Baby Gets Herpes From Controversial Haredi Circumcision Ritual
Comments: 24 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim
"In March 2013, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) received a report of a new case of HSV-1 in a newborn male attributable to direct oral suction [metzitzah b'peh]. This is the second such case...

March 30, 2013: Israeli Doctors Find 'Delayed Reaction' Herpes Infection Caused By Dangerous Haredi Cicumcision Rite
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Israeli doctors have found a herpes (HSV-1) infection in a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy they believe came from metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done by many mohels (and almost all hasidic mohels) just after cutting off the baby's foreskin and...

March 30, 2013: Video: German Chabad Circumcision Lawsuit
Comments: 33 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Med-Ethics
A Chabad emissary in Germany, Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, had his son circumcised by an Israeli mohel last week. The mohel did metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis sucking done immediately after removing the foreskin. The was videoed with Teichtal's knowledge...

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