New York Health Department

Health Department: Child Infected From Bris That Defied Consent Rule

04/03/2013
Special To the Jewish Week

The mother of an infant who contracted herpes following a bris with direct oral suction last month denied receiving the required consent form from the mohel, whose name she refused to disclose to the New York City Department of Health, The Jewish Week has learned.

Pols Add Weight To Orthodox Opposition On Metzitzah

Pushback ratchets up against health department consent proposal on controversial bris rite.

08/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

With a little more than two weeks left until the New York City Board of Health votes on a proposal requiring parents to give their informed consent for any bris involving metzitzah b’peh (direct oral suction), the leadership of the fervently Orthodox community is mounting an aggressive campaign against the proposed rule.

And some local politicians who represent parts of Orthodox Brooklyn are now throwing their weight behind the community’s leaders.

State Sen. David Storobin, with Orthodox Jews during fall campaign, weighs in on bris ritual.
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