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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NYC -Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over city NYC Regulation of Metzitzah B'peh Ritual

N.Y. - It was standing room only Tuesday in a Manhattan federal courtroom as multitudes of ultra-Orthodox Jews showed up to hear arguments over the city’s controversial parental consent rule regarding the circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh, or, MBP.

THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports that a federal judge upheld the law last January, siding with city lawyers who cited 11 cases of infant boys contracting herpes from the ritual.

Lawyers for the ultra-Orthodox community—-which is appealing the January ruling—-argued that the current rule is in violation of free speech and religious rights laws because mohels are being forced to to enact upon ultra-Orthodox parents forms they dispute.

Attorneys for the city argued to the contrary, saying that the rule in essence expands religious freedoms, while at the same time protecting children.

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