The city’s health commissioner is attempting to clarify his position on government support for circumcision as a means of reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
In a letter forwarded to me by a reader (and subsequently posted on this website), Tom Frieden wrote:
“We do not yet know Read More
Lots of Pirro today.
The Post calls yesterday’s news of a federal investigation into Jeanine Pirro over allegations of illegal wire-tapping a “devastating blow to her campaign,” while the Daily News has a sidebar piece – leading with the cancellation of a planned fund-raising appearance by Rudy Giuliani – headlined “Uh, Read More
The complicated, fascinating circumcision conflict between the Health Commissioner and elements of Brooklyn’s chasidic community broke through to A1 of the Times today, 11 months after it first bubbled to the surface in the Daily News.
I’d add just one political footnote: A subtext here is that chasidic leaders are still suffering from Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I described Health Commissioner Tom Frieden’s decision not to ban a controversial circumcision practice outright as “backing down.” Looks like I read it wrong; and that’s certainly not how the community took it.
There have been rumblings of protest in the community since Frieden announced that he would Read More
The city’s decision not to ban a circumcision practice that, the Health Department said, has lead to the death of at least one child wasn’t likely to please the Christopher Hitchens types.
But the Chasidic communities affected are also upset. They don’t want the city to launch a public-information campaign warning people Read More
Mike has been, it seems, quietly soft-pedalling his Health Department’s approach to this messy, sad story of a mohel who may have infected babies with a form of herpes, one fatally.
The Jewish Week reports that, after suggestions of banning a particular practice that involved a mohel putting his mouth on the open Read More