“The Israeli Health Ministry, which is headed by an ultra-Orthodox Minister, Rabbi Yakov Litzman (UTJ), is planning to distribute to new parents a detailed document dealing with the risks and advantages of the circumcision ritual. The document will include a segment recommending against applying direct Metzitzah B’Peh, which many doctors say increases by 350% the chance of infecting the newborn baby with herpes simplex.”
Medical authorities in Israel seem to be more sensible than in New York – which has failed to regulate about oral contact to the circumcision wound.
I can understand the original reasoning for doing this act; at first sight obscene to those not “initiated”. Although the whole process of MGM without consent on a child is abhorrent from my point of view. The sucking off of excess blood and encouraging flow to the wound to prevent necrosis is a good thing if there is no other way to do it – applicable 200 years ago, perhaps – but not now! I must say the easiest way to prevent necrosis of a baby’s maimed penis – is not to maim it at all!
Of course you have to ask what sort of person is attracted to this job. There is obviously the distinct possibility that this would be a paedophile’s dream job – handling, sucking, and maiming little boys’ genitalia … I think of the recent scandals in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches concerning religious officials using their position to abuse children.