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Mayor Bloomberg Enrages Orthodox Jews

Not for the normal reasons though

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2012(UL)

This afternoon, Politicker is reporting that Mayor Bloomberg’s recent interview in The Atlantic with James Bennet has provoked the ire of Orthodox Jews.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a freewheeling interview on a multitude of issues ranging from the presidential race to his public health efforts, including a new consent form requirement for a controversial circumcision practice, metzizah b’peh, often used in the city’s Orthodox Jewish community. “I think it’s fair to say that nobody else would take that on. I mean, come on!” Mr. Bloomberg exclaimed of the political fortitude needed to even touch the issue. “Who wants to have 10,000 guys in black hats outside your office, screaming?”

Councilman David Greenfield and his predecessor and former Councilman Simcha Felder were among the first officials to register their complaints. Others joined in the chorus later to castigate the mayor for his insensitive comments. In all fairness, he could have been talking about Yankees fans who support metzizah b’peh.

Jewish Pol Demand Bloomberg Apologize for ‘10,000 guys in black hats’ Comment [Politicker]

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metziza b’peh is indefensible at this point and the Mayor is correct in taking it on. good for him.

Even if it were defensible, signing a consent form is hardly burdensome when you consider the health risk to the child is death.

Moby837 says:

It’s freedom of religious practice vs. public health. If it is clearly demonstrated that there is indeed a public health issue, then yes, it should be regulated. But is this really “regulation?” It is not going to prevent a single such event. It would perhaps educate regarding the risks. I would suspect those that do this are already quite aware of the risks and are willing to take them. Thus the impact will be nil, but we are creating yet another bureaucracy.

Simcha Abramowitz says:

Now we are getting offended by being described as men in black hats? This is why people will not take us seriously in the face of actual antisemitism, when we are in uproar over instances like this.

    littlebadwolf says:

    what chance that 10,000 guys without their black hats would come to protest this issue?

I think He always sounds like a total lunatic!!! Certainly this time!

As a traditional Jew, I would never allow my sons to be an unwilling participant in the
traditonal practice of metzizah b’peh. What the mohel employed was a small sterile plastic tube to draw the blood from the incision. The same process was employed with my three grandsons. Hence, there was never a danger of infection. I am not sure that government should regulate this practice but I do understand his motives. It is a slippery slope and one must be very cautious.

Scorebear says:

Kol HaKavod! to Mayor Bloomberg. Protecting the life/safety of children trumps all else.

Mayor Bloomberg has my admiration as a calm sensible and rational light in the darkness of the recent hurricane. His consent form policy would alert parents to the dangers and legal implications and urges them to make sure that the mohel performs brit milah with no chance of saliva to blood contact ie sterile plastic tube.It’s a delicate time for the poor little babes

disqus_D9qqaOiWE4 says:

They should have also made us sign a consent form before we ate Rubashkin products.


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Mayor Bloomberg Enrages Orthodox Jews

Not for the normal reasons though

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