Statement from Agudath Israel of America’s Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel

Rabbi Zwiebel thanking Mayor DeBlasio

Rabbi Zwiebel thanking Mayor DeBlasio

“The Bloomberg Administration’s regulation of metzitzah b’peh represented the first and only time in the history of the United States that government has sought to regulate an aspect of bris milah.

“Our Gedolei Yisroel felt that this was intolerable, and could lead to other governmental incursions on bris milah, and so instructed us to mount a legal challenge against the regulation.

“It is to Mayor de Blasio’s eternal credit that he recognized how profoundly offensive the regulation was to our community, and worked with us to undo the terrible precedent his predecessor had established.”