Remember that sad, strange mohel story from the Daily News back in February? Then, the Health Department went to court to get a blood sample from a respected mohel amid suspicion that three babies had acquired herpes from a traditional practice in which the mohel used his mouth in the circumcision procedure. One baby died.
Observer City Hall guy Jason Horowitz noticed a large group of rabbis down at the Hall today, and The Politicker is told that they’re meeting with the mayor over this same issue. Jewish political insiders have been saying for months that this is extremely dear to these communities, and that the Health Department’s action is viewed by some Chasidic leaders as a transgression on religious freedom.
So some Jewish political support for Bloomberg, among other things, is hinging on this mohel’s freedom to rebuff the investigation into a baby’s death.