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  2/11/2013, Adar 1, 5773

NY Court to Hear Hareidi Appeal on Metzizah Be'Peh


A court in New York is set to hold a hearing next Tuesday on an appeal filed by the local hareidi community over a ruling that any parent who wants to have the “metzizah be'peh” stage of the Jewish bris (circumcision) ceremony to be performed, must first sign a statement clarifying that he is aware of the health consequences that may arise as a result.

Last month, the court approved the directive by the City of New York, accepting the city's claim that there are health risks involved in the practice, citing a number of historical precedents. The lawyers for the city's Orthodox community had filed the lawsuit against the city, asking that the directive be invalidated.