Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Agudah isssues letter to NYC Mayor on Regulating metzitza B'peh

Click HERE to Download the letter in PDF format.

The letter obtained by VIN News, signed by Rabbi David Zweibel and Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, expresses concern that written consent is just the first regulation that could be imposed on the centuries old religious practice, and could potentially be part of a larger move to not only ban metzitzah b’peh outright but also require a mohel to wear surgical gloves, a practice suggested by the recently published “Before the Bris” pamphlet that is being circulated by the Health Department in city hospitals.

Rabbis Zweibel and Weinberger also stated their concerns regarding the way the issue is being handled by the Health Department, which has not been working in conjunction with the Jewish community on an issue that is integral to the Orthodox community.

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