Rabbi probed for circumcised infants’ herpes

July 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Interesting Tidbit: Apparently it’s normal for a rabbi to suck a baby’s penis after circumcising it… that sound totally normal; doesn’t it?

Rabbi probed for circumcised infants’ herpes – Baby died from disease after undergoing procedure

City health officials are investigating the death of a baby boy who was one of three infants to contract herpes after a rabbi circumcised them.Ten days after Rabbi Yitzhok Fischer performed religious circumcisions on twins last October, one died of herpes and the other tested positive for the virus, according to a complaint filed by the health department in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The complaint, reported in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Daily News, also said health officials later found a third baby who had contracted herpes after being circumcised by Fischer in late 2003.

Under Jewish law, a mohel — someone who performs circumcisions — draws blood from the circumcision wound. Most mohels do it by hand with a suction device, but Fischer uses a practice rare outside strict Orthodox groups where he uses his mouth to draw blood after cutting the foreskin.Herpes can cause potentially severe complications for infants because of their undeveloped immune systems. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that the rare ritual puts newborns at serious risk of contracting herpes simplex virus and shouldn’t be performed as part of the circumcision procedure.

Fischer’s lawyer, Mark Kurzmann, told the Daily News that Fischer was cooperating with the investigation, although it’s unclear whether Fischer submitted to the city’s request for a blood test.

“My client is known internationally as a caring, skilled, and conscientious mohel,” Kurzmann said.

  1. nullifidian
    July 11th, 2009 at 22:18
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    Apparently it’s the exception rather than the rule. That’s not to say that the exception isn’t… how do the kids say these days… oh yeah: “fucked up”.

  2. JT
    July 14th, 2009 at 13:33
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    Cutting skin off your cock is normal, but if you put your lips on it afterward you’re a weirdo!

  3. Ian
    July 14th, 2009 at 14:20
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    That’s an entirely different debate :P

  4. Vestax
    July 14th, 2009 at 22:36
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    LOL. Thanks JT!! That one made my day. :0