"Metzitzah b'peh" is the practice of sucking the blood from a just snipped foreskin in traditional Jewish circumcisions. Most modern mohels use a sterile pipette to do so, but some Orthodox parents insist on the ancient tradition. The city will vote next week whether mohels will have to distribute consent waivers, detailing the herpes risk, before the ritual.
But even if it passes, many rabbis will not comply: "For the government to force a rabbi who's practicing a religious act to tell his congregants it's dangerous is totally unacceptable,” Rabbi David Niederman, executive director of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, told The Post. "You're forcing the mohel and the parent to sign a piece of paper that contradicts their religious convictions."
"It warns parents that the city suggests a link between the practice and serious health worries, [and] it would undoubtedly have a chilling impact," said Michael Tobman, a political consultant working with several large Hasidic communities.
So in other words, the forms are bad because it could make parents stop and think for a moment about the decision whether to let a mohel such as Rabbi Yitzchok Fischer -- who was given a court order to stop performing the practice after he was found to have infected at least three boys with herpes -- put his mouth on their child's penis?