November 10, 2012
Due to Sandy 'Metziaza Be'Peh' Hearing Postponed, Injunction Extended
A Manhattan court has postponed a hearing against the new requirement that parents whose children undergo ritual Jewish circumcision in New York City sign a consent form before the “metzizah be’peh” aspect of the Jewish bris ceremony can be performed. The hearing, part of an action brought by rabbinical groups against the requirement, was delayed last weekend, the court said, because Hurricane Sandy has caused a backlog of cases, and the courts must dispose of old cases before starting new hearings. As a result, an injunction against the enactment of the consent rule has been extended.
The New York Board of Health and Mental Hygiene in September approved the regulation,