web analytics
April 18, 2014 / 18 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Letters To The Editor

Letters-logo

Share Button

The brief was co-authored by Professor McConnell of Stanford University’s Constitutional Law Center, former federal appellate judge and foremost religious freedom expert. Unlike Shapiro, McConnell stuck to his area – the law, specifically that strict scrutiny must be applied. It is up to scientists to help assess whether that review standard is met, and we – medical, epidemiological and statistical experts – proceeded to answer.

Our continued reliance on the conclusions of a University of Pennsylvania study.

Here too we confined ourselves to verbatim quotes, acknowledging that the university disagreed with “our characterizations.” Additionally, we gave the reader Internet access to the report to ascertain the context of these quotes. Beyond “relying” on this study, we reviewed several sources corroborating our analyses.

Shapiro extracts one sentence from the report: “All of the reviewed studies present clinical findings that are consistent with transmission from mohel to infant.”

However, the review’s objective was to evaluate the findings, and, in the very next paragraph, concluded:

“The evidence base is substantially limited by several factors. The small number of…events is the most significant limitation…. Most of the cases were not identified … systematically…and the total population of infants [with] direct oral suction is unknown…. Important information about some…cases is unknown, including the infection status of the mothers and mohelim…. In some cases, other possible sources of transmission were present.”

Even when read in isolation, the quoted sentence merely acknowledges consistency – a theoretical possibility, similar to an earlier conjecture concerning AIDS transmission later refuted by scientific evidence. Theoretical possibilities are a dime a dozen; as we and the Penn authors explain, much more is needed to establish evidence, let alone withstand strict scrutiny.

As to the continued claim that the community resists testing, does Shapiro deny the 2006 agreement between New York State and the community, which was rejected by New York City and withdrawn by New York State?

Finally, Shapiro claims we ignored his core point that “It should be parents…who decide…whether to have MBP performed…” Our response to that is to refer the reader to our Nov. 1 article mentioned above.

Dr. Daniel Berman
Professor Brenda Breuer
Professor Awi Federgruen

Share Button

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “Letters To The Editor”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Flyers ordered Jews to appear at a designated location in Ukraine, in Sept., 1941. The next day, the Jews lined up at the Babi Yar Ravine.
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar
Latest Indepth Stories
Masked Palestinian Authority Arabs hurl blocks at Israel Police during and after "worship" at Temple Mount mosque. (archive photo)

When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.

Haredim riot after draft-dodger is arrested.

The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.

Bitton-041814

The Big Bang theory marked the scientific community’s first sense of the universe having a beginning.

MK Moshe-Feiglin

Freeing convicted murderers returns the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall” describes what God had in mind for Olmert.

We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.

How much is the human mind able to grasp of the Divine?

Jews have brought the baggage of the galut (exile) mentality to the modern state of Israel.

The Haggadah is an instruction manual on how to survive as strangers in strange lands.

It’s finally happened. New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported on her blog that “many readers…wrote to object to an [April 2] article…on the breakdown in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” claiming “[they] found the headline misleading and the article itself lacking in context.” Ms. Sullivan provided one such letter, quoted the […]

Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent.

Jewish soldiers in the Polish forces often encountered anti-Semitic prejudice.

When the state was established, gedolim went to Ben-Gurion and asked him not to draft women and, later, yeshiva bachrim.

Perhaps worse than all the above is the acute lack of unity among Jews

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/letters-to-the-editor/letters-to-the-editor-279/2013/11/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: