Metzitzah And The Safety Of New York’s Children

03/17/2015 - 20:00
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While reading the recent article in the Jewish Week (“Charedi Leader Opens Door On Metzitzah,” March 3), I couldn’t shake the feeling I’d fallen down the rabbit hole.

Ben Hirsch

Metzitzah Arguments Seen Taking Shape

Bris rite case could hinge on mohel’s First Amendment rights and procedure’s degree of risk.
09/26/2012 - 20:00
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Seventy years ago, an ordained Jehovah’s Witness minister named Sarah Prince sent a 9-year-old girl in her care to preach and distribute literature in exchange for donations on the downtown streets of Brockton, Mass. For her actions, Prince was convicted of violating Massachusetts’ child labor laws.

Debate over bris procedure puts two constitutional guarantees on collision course. Wikipedia Commons

Metzitzah Changes Require Rabbinic Leadership

09/24/2012 - 20:00
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Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein (1866-1934) was widely considered to be one of the more impressive Talmud scholars of his generation. In his “Levush Mordechai” (Ch. 30) he writes, “If anyone were to suggest doing metzitzah with the mouth, we would say the worst things about him because there is nothing more disgusting [than] placing a wounded [bleeding] organ into the mouth. Especially that organ.” His conclusion, however, is that “since it is a mitzvah, there is justification.”

Avi Billet
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