240 posts categorized "Circumcision"

March 25, 2015: De Blasio Likely To Replace Bloomberg-Era Health Board Members Before Controversial Circumcision Vote
Comments: 36 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has the ability to fill a majority of the seats on the New York City Board of Health with his own appointees before he asks that board to repeal the city’s informed consent...

March 18, 2015: If Haredi Rabbis Refuse To Report Child Sex Abuse, Why Should We Believe They Will Report Infected Mohels?
Comments: 14 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"Mayor de Blasio…is either hopelessly naive or so cynical that he’s knowingly selling children’s lives in exchange for a bloc vote. Either way, the public needs to send him a clear message that we value the safety of New York’s...

March 9, 2015: Repeal Of Informed Consent Requirement For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice Delayed
Comments: 15 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has delayed plans to repeal the city’s informed consent requirement for metzitzah b’peh (MBP), the dangerous direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by many haredi mohels after cutting off the baby’s foreskin – likely...

March 4, 2015: Haredi Leaders Admit Herpes Testing Doesn't Work, Want To Continue Dangerous Circumcision Practice Anyway
Comments: 25 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
“How can you be certain that at any given time the mohel doesn’t have the virus? Because he may have been tested a year ago and he may have contracted the virus since then. There’s no foolproof way of doing...

March 2, 2015: Avi Schick Misleads On Circumcision
Comments: 11 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Avi Schick, the frequently dishonest haredi political insider, has written a very deceptive article on NYC's deal with haredim on metzitzah b'peh, (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by most haredi mohels after cutting off a baby's foreskin. That deal...

March 1, 2015: Endangering Children's Lives To Appease Powerful Haredi Bloc Vote Attacked By NY Times and NY Daily News, But Endorsed By NY Post
Comments: 18 | Categories: Chabad , Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion
"…de Blasio, who has pleased the potent [ultra-]Orthodox voting bloc by ridiculing the [Bloomberg's informed consent] policy as unenforceable while making no visible effort to enforce it, has decided simply to let the mohels do their thing….The [new] plan needs...

February 26, 2015: Will Haredim Scam The New NYC Circumcision Protocol? Here's One Way They Might Do It
Comments: 30 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim
Many people familiar with issue of herpes transmission through metzitzah b'peh (MBP, the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by haredi mohels after cutting off a baby's foreskin) believe haredim will scam the new MBP agreement they made with New York City....

February 25, 2015: NYC Won't Releasae Names Of Infected Mohels, Even If They've Been Banned By City
Comments: 25 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Under the new deal with haredim, de Blasio administration officials said it is unlikely New York City would release the name of any mohel who was banned after testing positive for infecting an infant with herpes – meaning Bill de...

February 24, 2015: NYC Made Deal On Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice Because Haredim Won't Keep The Law Anyway, City Official Says
Comments: 11 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
The de Blasio administration's rationale for the new policy, which its own health department says could put infants at risk, is that this is the only way it can receive cooperation from the community. In the two-plus years since the...

February 24, 2015: De Blasio Ends Informed Consent Requirement For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Rite
Comments: 26 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
The deal scrapping the metzitzah b'peh (MBP, the direct mouth-to-bleeding penis sucking done by many haredi mohels after cutting off a baby's foreskin) informed consent requirement depends completely on haredim cooperating. There are apparently no penalties at all for haredi...

February 18, 2015: Using Established Science, Foreskins May Soon Be Able To Be Regrown, Intactivist Nonprofit Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Circumcision , Med-Ethics , Science
A US nonprofit founded to research and implement regenerative medical therapies for circumcised males, Foregen, claims to be close to developing a method that will allow men’s foreskins to regenerate – much like a salamander is able to re-grow a...

February 15, 2015: Top European Rabbi Equates Copenhagen Terror Attack With 'Anti-Shechita' Demand For Humane Slaughter
Comments: 6 | Categories: Antisemitism , Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
"…The Jewish community in Denmark is a microcosm of what is happening to Jewish communities across the continent. On the one hand they are under attack from extremist Muslims who see every Jew as a legitimate target, on the other...

February 12, 2015: Hapless Mayor Appears Flummoxed By Haredi Refusal To Accept Circumcision Compromise
Comments: 17 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
The administration of New York City’s hapless mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants to scrap the city’s informed consent forms mohels who do metzitzah b’peh (MBP, direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking) after cutting off the baby’s foreskin, and replace the written informed consent...

January 27, 2015: Report: Infected Haredi Mohels Still Suck
Comments: 22 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
A Rockland community member who has been involved with the issue said the two mohels did test positive for the virus. They both continue to perform MBP. “They are continuing to practice and use whatever safety practices they were using...

January 14, 2015: As City Reportedly Nears New Deal With Haredim On Circumcision, Mohels Ignore Informed Consent Requirement, Despite Law
Comments: 26 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
A. Romi Cohn, an Orthodox Jew who is the head of the American Board of Ritual Circumcision and estimates he has conducted about 25,000 circumcisions in his lifetime, said he had never used the consent form. He added that he...

January 9, 2015: Rockland County Protocol For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice Touted – Despite Flaws, Danger To Babies
Comments: 10 | Categories: Circumcision , Hanukkah , Med-Ethics
The protocol is essentially the protocol haredi leaders broke in New York City a decade ago. It relies heavily on cooperation from and truth-telling by haredi leaders who have repeatedly promoted lies about the safety of MBP. It also relies...

January 8, 2015: New Study: Circumcision Before Age 5 DOUBLES Autism Risk
Comments: 59 | Categories: Circumcision , Med-Ethics , Religion , Science
The study of more than 340,000 boys in Denmark found that circumcision raised the overall chances of an autism spectrum disorder before the age of 10 by 46 per cent. But if circumcision took place before the age of five...

January 8, 2015: Another Modern Orthodox Doctor Misleads About Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 30 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Dr. Aaron Glatt does not want you to know the truth about the dangers of metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding penis sucking done by haredi mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin. Above: Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt The Forward...

January 7, 2015: De Blasio To Change NYC Policy Toward Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice “Soon,” Staff Says
Comments: 37 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
The de Blasio administration will soon announce a new policy on metzitzah b'peh (MBP, the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done primarily by hasidic mohels after cutting of the the baby's foreskin), a spokesperson for the NYC mayor said this afternoon. Above:...

December 31, 2014: Haredi And Sefardi Mohels Gather, Mislead Public About Dangers Of Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 33 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Sefardim
In what appeared to be yet another paid (but undeclared) infomercial, Zev Brenner went to the American Board of Ritual Circumcision's annual gathering for mohels and doctors held at the house of the board's founder, Rabbi Romi Cohn. Cohn and...

December 29, 2014: Leaked Memo On Circumcision From Haredi Groups' Lawyers
Comments: 22 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim
A leaked research memo from the lawyers representing the haredi groups suing New York City over the metzitzah b'peh (MBP) informed consent requirement discusses possible legal strageties to get the informed consent requirement lifted. What follows is allegedly the text...

December 24, 2014: Another Baby Gets Herpes From Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 27 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
Another baby has been infected with neonatal herpes transmitted to him through metzitzah b’peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by many haredi mohels after removing the baby’s foreskin. Above: a Chabad mohel does MBP last fall in Crown Heights...

October 22, 2014: Metzitzah B' Peh Warning: New Studies Show Herpes Doubles Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease
Comments: 14 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Science
Metzitzah b' peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis-sucking done by haredi mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin is a dangerous practice that can transmit disease, like Herpes Simplex 1. to the infants. Because neonates have very immature immune systems, herpes...

September 16, 2014: Avi Schick Misleads About Dangers Of Controversial Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 29 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
Avi Schick, a former deputy attorney general of New York State, has published a deceptive op-ed about metzitzah b' peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis-sucking done by haredi mohels after cutting off a baby's foreskin. How many babies must be killed...

September 10, 2014: Orthodox Doctor Continues To Misrepresent Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 30 | Categories: Circumcision , Med-Ethics
Dr. Daniel Berman and two Orthodox coconspirators continue to mislead the public about the dangers of metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth to-bleeding-penis sucking done primarily by haredi mohels after removing a baby's foreskin. Above: Dr. Daniel Berman Dr. Daniel...

August 21, 2014: Haredi Circumcision: Who Will Protect New York’s Jewish Children From Preventable Death and Permanent Disability?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
"…What belief is being burdened by the requirement that the mohel tell the parents the practice is dangerous to infants? Do they have a belief that parents must be ignorant of potential medical harm to their infant? Are they saying...

August 15, 2014: Appellate Court Rules Haredi Claim That NYC’s Regulation Of Dangerous Circumcision Practice Infringes On Freedom Of Religion Must Be Heard
Comments: 28 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
Earlier today, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled that a motion by Agudath Israel of America, the Satmar-dominated Central Rabbinical Congress of the United States and Canada, the International Bris Association, and several haredi mohels to have an injunction issued...

August 3, 2014: Report: NYC To Propose New Regulation On Haredi Mouth-To-Penis Circumcision Sucking "Soon"
Comments: 10 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics
“There is an unwillingness on the community’s part to buy into the regulation,” said lawyer Akiva Shapiro, who helped defend the new policy when Orthodox groups filed a federal lawsuit challenging it as an infringement on religious practice. “The city...

July 29, 2014: Why Do Haredim Do Metzitzah B’Peh, The Dangerous Circumcision-Related Practice That Has Killed And Maimed Babies?
Comments: 26 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
Why do so many ultra-Orthodox Jews still do metzitzah b'peh (MBP), even though it is dangerous and risks babies' lives? What follows is an answer to that question. Why Do Haredim Do Metzitzah B’Peh, The Dangerous Circumcision-Related Practice That Has...

July 22, 2014: 2 New NYC Herpes Infections From Haredi Mouth-To-Penis Circumcision Rite
Comments: 14 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
Two new cases of dangerous neonatal herpes following ritual Jewish circumcision with direct orogenital suction were reported in New York City in July 2014. From: < > Date: Jul 22, 2014 11:16 AM Subject: NYC DOHMH Alert # 16 -...

July 9, 2014: Doctor Cleared By Medical Board In Metzitzah B'Peh Accusation
Comments: 1 | Categories: Circumcision
“There is no information to support the … contention that there was a sexual motive to the method by which the [doctor] performed ritual circumcisions,” reads a decision document published Tuesday by the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Above:...

July 9, 2014: Elderly Haredi Mohel Cuts Off Baby's Penis, Penis Could Not Be Surgically Reattached
Comments: 41 | 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...

June 29, 2014: Israel’s High Court Rules Rabbinical Courts Overstepped Their Authority To Try To Force Mother To Circumcise Her Toddler
Comments: 12 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Skepticism
In a dramatic 6-1 ruling, Israel’s High Court of Justice removed the case of a divorcing couple and the fight over their baby’s circumcision from the state rabbinical courts, prompting an explosion of condemnation and anger from haredim. Updated 2:43...

June 22, 2014: Haredim Fear Dangerous Circumcision Rite Could Be Banned In Israel
Comments: 16 | 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 20, 2014: Female Circumcision Likely Began As A Means To Ward Off Vaginal Infections And Diseases Where Water Was Scarce, New Research Seems To Show
Comments: 17 | Categories: Circumcision , History , Refugees , Religion
New research conducted for the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has reportedly found that female circumcision, known more commonly in the West as female genital mutilation (FGM), is prevalent in areas of the country where water resources...

June 19, 2014: Picture Of The Day: The World's Oldest Known Depiction Of Circumcision
Comments: 16 | Categories: Circumcision , History
The world's oldest known depiction of circumcision is this 4,400-year-old bas relief from Egypt. The world's oldest known depiction of circumcision is this 4,400-year-old bas relief from Egypt. Note that the type of circumcision being done appears to be opening...

June 5, 2014: Anti-Semitic Billboard Features Depiction Of Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 15 | Categories: Antisemitism , Circumcision , Haredim
An anti-Semitic gas station billboard featuring a depiction of metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bloody-penis suction done by haredi mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin, has caused locals to complain to the city to try to get the billboard...

May 29, 2014: The New York Times Calls Out NYC Mayor Over Hateful Remarks Against Non-Orthodox And Open Orthodox Jews
Comments: 15 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Religion
Michael Powell of the New York Times has written a column about the Novominsker Rebbe Rabbi Yaakov Perlow's hateful rant against Open Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews which Perlow delivered Tuesday night at the Agudath israel of America fundraising dinner in...

May 28, 2014: Haredi Leader Calls Open Orthodoxy, Non-Orthodox Judaism Heresy As NYC Mayor Watches And Says Nothing
Comments: 43 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Religion
The Novominsker Rebbe Rabbi Yaakov Perlow is the head of Agudath Israel of America. At Agudah's dinner last night, Perlow called Open Orthodoxy and non-Orthodox Jewish movements heretical and called on Modern Orthodoxy to join with Agudah to combat them....

April 30, 2014: JTA Names Mohel To Top Mohels List Who Said Alleged Child Sex Abuse Can't Be Reported To Police Unless Haredi Rabbis Approve
Comments: 18 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Peysach Krohn said that unless you are 100% sure the abuse took place (which essentially means you have to witness it happening), you should ask a rabbi for permission to call police. Even so, the JTA named him to their...

April 24, 2014: Owned By Satmar? New York City’s Mayor Stonewalls On Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 7 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim
City refuses to share public records on enforcement of the city's informed consent requirement or answer questions about it. The city's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, promised Satmar he would abolish the requirement in exchange for their bloc votes. The...

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, Litigation, 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: 11 | 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: 31 | 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...

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