The Daily News first reported in February that the city Health Department was investigating whether Rockland County-based Rabbi Yitzchok Fischer gave herpes to a baby through the practice of metzizah b’peh – in which the rabbi uses his mouth to suck blood from the circumcision wound. The baby later died.
On Aug. 1, the Health Department sent Fischer’s lawyer a draft of an order banning the rabbi from performing metzizah b’peh in the city, officials said. Fischer has until next week to respond.
But the threat of such an order alarmed the ultrareligious community.
I don’t get it — you would think that the rabbis would take matters in their own hands and ban this guy from ever performing that act — do the rabbis care at ALL about their community and the health of the innocent, the babies? How could they line up on the side of harming children?
A child DIED because of this man, and two others seemed to have contracted herpes from him. INFANTS. Baby boys.
Shouldn’t the focus be on these children and not the rabbi? It’s not as if this act is banned outright, just this one dangerous man is being kept from harming other children. Why are the other rabbis so upset?