Brooklyn, NY – On September 28, a 2-week-old boy died at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. A subsequent investigation by the medical examiner office led to a determination of the official cause of death to be, “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction.”
This is basically a fancy way of saying that the newborn died after a rabbi with herpes cleaned the baby’s freshly circumcised penis with his mouth. Despite this sounding like a really good idea… it turns out that it is not.
Far from being some new fad, the ritual of oral suction — or in Hebrew, metzitzah b’peh — was first described some 1800 years ago in a section of the Talmud. The procedure is spelled out very clearly – as is the consequence of not doing it correctly.
If a surgeon does not suck, it is dangerous and he is dismissed.
Taken literally, the procedure occurs during the circumcision ritual as the practitioner, or mohel, removes the foreskin of the penis. He then sucks the blood from the wound to clean it.…Continue Reading
NEW YORK, N.Y. — In a case similar to one reported earlier, Gavriel Bidany, a Rabbi and father of 11, was found guilty of molesting a 23-year-old female Israeli military officer on an overseas flight. The proceeding occurred in a Brooklyn federal court on Thursday.
On March 27, Bidany reportedly fondled the sleeping woman during a Delta flight from Tel Aviv to New York. According to court documents, Bidany was sitting next to the woman on a Delta jet last month and reached out from under his blanket to fondle her as she slept.
Bidany claimed that, if there was touching, it happened inadvertently while he slept. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Sarratt countered, “If these were random reaches of a sleeping man, why is it the defendant had such precise accuracy, reaching private areas?”
Defense lawyer Saul Bienenfield argued that the victim would have pummeled the defendant with self-defense skills learned in the Army if she was attacked. Sarratt rebutted that the victim “acted perfectly and with remarkable poise despite the defendant’s repeated violations of her “personal space” by calmly reporting the abuse and moving to a different seat.…Continue Reading