Wednesday, February 02, 2005


I've had this argument. Have you?

DOVBEAR: Mezizah b'peh (the practice of orally sucking the blood from the circumscision wound.) Is not required in our day. The Talmud (Shabbath 113a) says that omiting the procedure is dangerous; thus it is not an inherent part of circumscision. Moreover, if it can be shown that mezizah itself is, in fact, dangerous, it shouldn't be done at all.

OTHER GUY: The Rabbis knew what was dangerous and what was not dangerous. They said do it. So we do it. Maybe one day when you're a Tanna, you can change the rules. But until then, I'll take the great sages over some anono-blogger who can't spell.

DB: Perhaps, the sages were wrong. Or ignorant of medicine...

OG: Who do you think you are? Slifkin? Keep this up, and you're the next heretic low-life we ban.

February 2, 2005
Ok, now can we agree that mezizah b'peh is dangerous? <-- this is a link. Click on it.

Special thank you to my good friends at FOX FAUX NEWS, the calm and reserved network(TM), for forcing me to have this conversation, I don't know, 79000 times today:

Non-Jewish Employee: Yo, DB, Jews do WHAT?

DovBear: (blushing and shuffling) Well, you see...