Article by: VERENA DOBNIK , Associated Press - Updated: February 21, 2015 - 1:16 PM
"NEW YORK — With a swift swipe of his scalpel, Rabbi A. Romi Cohn
circumcises the baby boy, then leans down and sucks the blood from the
wound as prayers in Hebrew fill the Brooklyn synagogue.
"The Orthodox Jewish
tradition known as oral suction circumcision reaches back to biblical
times but it has created a modern-day dilemma for New York City health
officials, who have linked it to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000.
Two died and two others suffered brain damage.
"Mayor Bill de Blasio's
administration, which came into power a year ago with a promise to
reconsider an existing regulation on the ritual, is now negotiating with
a group of rabbis over how to protect children's health while still
preserving religious freedom.
"'The talks are ongoing
but I cannot go into particulars,' said Avi Fink, the mayor's deputy
director of intergovernmental affairs who has been leading the talks. 'Our goal is to achieve awareness of the risks.'"
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