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  • Writer's pictureRav Hayim Leiter

The Baby Comes First

Updated: May 29

Yet another baby has contracted Herpes due to the oral suction at his Brit Milah. The Jerusalem Post reported, “A three-weeks-old baby is currently in serious condition at the Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa due to a herpetic infection, which began in the genital area and has spread to the brain, leading to convulsions and seizures. Laboratory tests found that the infant likely contracted the Type 1 herpes virus during his brit, directly from the mohel, who performed the ceremony using the controversial Orthodox method of blood cleaning known as ‘Metzitzah B'Peh,’ [MbP] or oral suction.”

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