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Satmar Getting Ready for Metzitah B’peh Court Fight

The Satmar Rebbe R. Aaron Teitelbaum. Mind you, this entire uproar on the part of Satmar, complete with war images and fasting, is not over the banning of Metzitzah B'peh, rather it is about the mohel-ritual circumciser informing the parents of the procedure and having them sign a consent form.

The Satmar Rebbe R. Aaron Teitelbaum. Mind you, this entire uproar on the part of Satmar, complete with war images and fasting, is not over the banning of Metzitzah B'peh, rather it is about the mohel-ritual circumciser informing the parents of the procedure and having them sign a consent form.
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The Satmar Rebbe R. Aaron Teitelbaum instructed his followers to each give $100 towards legal cost of the Metzitzah B’peh (oral suction of the cut following the circumcision) lawsuit, Jacob Kornbluh tweeted.

The Satmar Live tweet confirms this, asserting (over several twets which we condense here) that “every Rosh Mishpucha (head of household) has to give $100 – Koifer Nefesh (lit=ransom, fig=atonement). The money will go for the legal cost of Metzitzeh B’Peh. For those who fast the price will be $72, which has to be paid till Y”T Shvies (Shavuot). Yoim HaTanis: This last Thursday of Shovevem Truma-Tetzaveh. L’Hikuhel V’Lamoid Al Nafshieny! (to gather and defend our souls).

Mind you, this entire uproar on the part of Satmar, complete with war images and fasting, is not over the banning of Metzitzah B’peh, rather it is about the mohel-ritual circumciser informing the parents of the procedure and having them sign a consent form.

The Mishnah (Shabbat 19:2) mentions two steps in the Bris Milah, following the actual circumcision: P’riah-the exposure of the crown and the severing of the membrane under the foreskin, and, Metzitzah-suction. The Gemorah teaches (Shab. 133b) that a “Mohel who does not suck, should be dismissed from practice.” Rashi explains that this step is in order to squeeze some blood from deep inside the wound to prevent danger to the baby.

Mordechai Halperin, writing for the OU Jewish Action (Winter 2006), explains: “Immediately after incising or injuring an artery, the arterial walls contract and obstruct, or at least reduce, the flow of blood. Since the arterioles of the orlah-foreskin branch off from the dorsal arteries (the arteries of the upper side of the organ), cutting away the foreskin can result in a temporary obstruction in these dorsal arteries. This temporary obstruction, caused by arterial muscle contraction, continues to develop into a more enduring blockage as the stationary blood begins to clot. The tragic result can be severe hypoxia (deprivation of the supply of blood and oxygen) of the glans penis.

However, this third procedure in the Bris Milah need not necessarily be done orally, with direct contact. Many mohalim have long since adopted Metzitzah with an instrument, which is just as effective.

Read also:

Consent Forms For Metzitzah B’Peh: Empowering Parents Or Interfering In Religious Practice?

In Defense of Parental Consent fo Metzitzah B’peh

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Satmar Getting Ready for Metzitah B’peh Court Fight”

  1. this is not religious observance. it is a mischigas.

  2. Metzitazah b'Peh is not halachically required, and can cause transmission of herpes and other infections. This obstinacy plays right into the hands of anti-Semites who wish to abolish brit mila! Choose your battles!

  3. Anonymous says:

    A consent form in a Holy Torah State of Israel is not required.
    Writenut-

  4. Nicolle Simon says:

    Dear Larry ~ You are correct about this practice playing right into the hands of anti-Semites…but even more importantly — it even turn our own into a category of "anti-Semite." Feh! A mishigas! And we are to follow such rabbinical leadership's wisdom? This is as crazy as swinging the chickens for slichas to absolve sin! Forget goyim — they've turned off the mass majority of Jews. Can the majority all be that "traif"? These Satmar's have done more harm than good for G-d's people!

  5. Miriam Nockenofsky says:

    by the way most ashkenazim do not do this, we do not do metzitzah b'peh, it is a minhag, not a must according to halacha!!! why are these crazy people insist on doing this and therefore might be harming innocent babies??

  6. Stan Silverman says:

    It is clear that some segments of the haredi community place protection of their cultural norms ahead of protection of their children. MBP violates every protocol and standard of safe and sanitary practice for medical procedures. There will be those that defend the practice by asking why society tolerates driving due to the incidence of injury and death from auto accidents, but are critical of MBP. The difference is that everything is done to make cars and roads safer. Nothing is done to make MBP safer. MBP is a practice that should be banned, for the safety of haredi infants. It is unconscionable that it is still practiced.

  7. Sara Brott says:

    Haven't they heard of using sterilized instruments It does not go against the law

  8. Julia Dahl says:

    no mention of herpes at all in this article?

  9. VCHOL HAMINIM KRAHGAH YOHVAYDUE

  10. Anonymous says:

    i DON'T UNDERSTAND THE FUROR. i AM NOT A SATMAR, BUT I AM NOT ABOUT TO TELL THEM WHAT TO DO. iT IS NOBODY'S BUSINESS BUT THERES.

  11. The Satmar in Europe chopped off half the beard of the Spika rebbe. They threw nails(screws) and frogs into the Spinka mikvah. In Williamsburg they physically had the Klausenburger chasidim evicted and they fled to New Jersey. Later they started beating Lubavitchers Chasidim and the late Rav Dworkin ,RAVAD of Bais Din Crown Heights put a Cherem against Satmar food products. The Hailmeaner rebbe Reb Gross met with me in Boro Park to inform me as a then Satmar schochet, their shcheita is treif. It was also found that they were also selling Chalev Medoerahsow and many stopped eating from their sheichtah. Their Central Rabbinical Congress-Hisachdus HaRabonim put ads into the New Times that Jews have no right to Israel, that Israel stole the land from the Arabs and that Israel starts all the wars! Ahl Pe Halacho Mehtzetah BPah can be altogether not done, and can be done with a tube. Pikuach Nefesh is another reason not to do it. Igros Moshe pakens bedeahvahd not neccessary!

  12. Every Thursday 12:00 Noon New York Time Go to mnn.org go to extreme right number 4 Judaism click beneath it Watch now rabbimfriedman@yahoo.com

  13. It all looks and sounds like Apotemnophilia crossed with vampirism/canibalism. These are psychosis to most people but are part of their indoctrination and we should accept it. They are under their covenant which cannot be broken or retracted. The only way to break the covenant is to help them become educated in the physiological development and neurological functions, safe and proper use, care and hygiene of both sexes prepuces, so their sons and daughters can grow up with healthy, functioning, non traumatised reproductive brain chemistry and prepuces.

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