Rabbi Accused of Infecting Infants with Herpes During Circumcisions — And Killing One Boy

180px-Covenant_of_AbrahamNew York City health officials are investigating the death of a baby boy who died of herpes after a circumcision by Rabbi Yitzhok Fischer. Fischer carries the herpes virus and is believed to have infected two other infants while serving as a mohel. Under the Orthodox practice followed by Fischer, he actually uses his mouth to suck the blood from the infant’s penis when he cuts the foreskin.

Infants are particularly susceptible to the virus given their reduced immunity systems. Within ten days of the circumcision, one of twin boys died from the virus and another was infected.

The Book of Genesis stipulates circumcision as a defining mark for the descendants of Abraham: “Throughout all generations, every male shall be circumcised when he is eight days old…This shall be my covenant in your flesh, an eternal covenant. The uncircumcised male whose foreskin has not been circumcised, shall have his soul cut off from his people; he has broken my Covenant.” (Genesis 17:1-14)

Metzitzah b’peh (“suction by mouth”) is rarely used outside of the Haredi and Hasidic communities. Under this practice, the mohel spits the blood into a receptacle provided. While most mohelim rinse their mouths out with alcohol to sanitize them, alcohol may not kill the herpes virus.

This will make for some novel criminal and tort litigation. It is difficult to see how this shocking practice can be allowed as a public health matter. As a matter of torts, the families can clearly sue this rabbi for negligence with punitive damage potential. Indeed, I believe that there could would be a strong case for battery. The question will be reckless homicide and other criminal charges. Presumably, this rabbi knew he was a carrier and yet proceeded to use his mouth rather than the more common suction device.

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232 thoughts on “Rabbi Accused of Infecting Infants with Herpes During Circumcisions — And Killing One Boy

  1. IS writes: no one would believe me, I tried that line once in my 20’s a woman told me I looked like Clark Kent and I told here that I turned into Superman when I took my clothes off. She just laughed and started talking to the guy next to her.

    I was just making fun of BTK and was not asking for advice. I was trying to tie my comments into the thread so no one would accuse me of diverging.

    good line. I’ve never heard it and I thought I’ve heard everything…but I’ve also never met a guy who looks like Clark Kent.

    of course you were making fun of BTK. see how easy it is? and better for the blood pressure? uh-oh there I go with advice again…. my bad

  2. “how many goyim did you cheat today?”

    GWLSM,
    I hacked into my local country clubs computer system and significantly lowered the handicaps of all goyim, while raising those of the Jewish golfers by three strokes. There’s gonna be a lot of money won on the golf course this week.

  3. Mike Spindell:

    thats really cold, us goyim cant golf worth sh** anyway. Your team already has all the money and power would you please change them the other way so us goyim can feel, at least on the golf course, that we are sticking it to the man.

  4. MIke S writes: GWLSM,
    I hacked into my local country clubs computer system and significantly lowered the handicaps of all goyim, while raising those of the Jewish golfers by three strokes. There’s gonna be a lot of money won on the golf course this week.

    When the handicap is a smaller number that is good. when it is a higher number that is bad. but your intent was righteous.
    I will pass this on to operatives in other states.

  5. GWLSM:

    by lowering goyim handicaps you have made it harder for them to win.

    for example if your handicap is 18 strokes normally you are shooting around a 90 based on a course par of 72. So if Mike lowered goyim handicaps say from 18 to 10 to shoot the same game they would now have to have a game with 82 strokes vs. 90. No way the average goyim is going to shoot that well on a Saturday in the presence no less of their Jewish masters.

    I think I have that right.

  6. IS writes: by lowering goyim handicaps you have made it harder for them to win.

    the way I was thinking, a player with a 5 handicap is a better player than one with an 18 handicap.

    either way, home office is impressed with Mike’s creativity.

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