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  • Jewish groups sue NYC over circumcision rule

    October 12, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Orthodox Jewish groups have sued New York City to block a required warning to parents of the dangers of a ritual in which the circumciser uses his mouth to draw blood from the baby's penis.

    The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the Federal District Court in Manhattan by the Central...

  • NYC health commissioner condemns metzitzah b’peh

    June 7, 2012 | 10:38 am

    The New York City Health Commissioner has issued a strongly worded statement calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite.

    Dr. Thomas Farley said that direct oral-genital suction, known as metzitzah b’peh, should not be performed during Jewish ritual circumcision,...

  • Metzitzah be-Peh and Protecting Jewish Infants

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    March 7, 2012 | 7:39 am

    It is difficult to believe I am writing about meẓiẓah be-peh, that there is a necessity to address this topic once again. Apparently, yet another Jewish infant has succumbed to an infection and died due to the practice of meẓiẓah be-peh. The Brooklyn DA is even now looking...

  • Infant boy dies after receiving herpes from circumcision procedure

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 7, 2012 | 12:17 am

    Despite the rhetoric flying around last summer, circumcision is an exceptionally safe procedure. But there is a religious variation that is less so. It involves oral suction of the wound, and it’s a manner of transmitting herpes.

    In 2004, an infant in Brooklyn died after receiving...

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