Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Today's WTF Story: Mohel, Circumsion..Herpes?

Yes, I am familiar with what a mohel does at a bris. From what I understand, it typically involves an 8-day old infant boy, the parents surrounded by family and friends, and a mohel - the rabbi responsible for snipping off some foreskin. After the foreskin is clipped, there is some ritual blood drawing (yes, I know, ouch), usually done by hand.

So what the hell is going on here?

Rabbi Yitzhok Fischer apparently gave 3 infant boys herpes, one of which died due to the infection. How does an 8-day old boy get herpes, you might ask? It appears that Rabbi Fischer is rocking a mean case of the herpes virus himself. In regards to the procedure, CNN states that "most mohels do it by hand, but Fischer uses a rare practice where he uses his mouth."

WHOA.

I mean, if you were the parents of the boys, wouldn't something seem suspicious when the rabbi put his mouth on your infant boy's nubbin?

Fischer's lawyer, Mark Kurzmann states, "My client is known internationally as a caring, skilled, and conscientious mohel".

Well, suffice it to say, I think the Rabbi is going to be known somewhat differently now. Meanwhile, Catholic priests everywhere breathe a sigh of relief and offer a prayer of thanks to the rabbi for temporarily taking some heat off of them...