It took Senator David Strobin’s challenge to Simcha Felder to finally have him come out against the Mayor’s proposal to require parents to sign a consent form when a mohel engages in the religious tradition of metzizah b’peh during a Bris Milah.
Felder was the last public official in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community to come out against the proposal. Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield were the first to publicly oppose the proposal. Senator David Storobin soon followed suit and publicly challenged Felder, who is running against Storobin for State Senate, to take the same position.
Sources tell YWN that Felder was reluctant to weigh in on the matter but did not want it to become a campaign issue that would be used against him. Regardless, Felder took on the Mayor in serious fashion on Dov Hikind’s radio program Saturday night. The former Councilman Felder all but called Mayor Bloomberg a liar. Felder explained that he had arranged for a meeting six years ago that was attended by several prominent rabbonim where the Mayor promised not to get involved in metzizah b’peh stating “as long as I am in office there won’t be a problem”.
Felder went on to slam the Mayor for his timing proclaiming that it was “beyond chutzpah” for the Mayor to introduce this regulation on the Wednesday before Rosh Hashanah. Felder also seemed to encourage parents to ignore the law saying “they can’t enforce this, what are they going to do lock up people?”
Finally Felder concluded his remarks on metzizah b’peh by saying that the mayor’s obsession with Metzizah B’peh was “crazy” and that Felder would do everything in his power to “avert this terrible terrible decree.” Felder made a point of saying that he was working behind the scenes on the issue but would not say what exactly he was doing to stop Metzizah B’peh beyond slamming the mayor on Dov Hikind’s radio program.
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(Dov Gordon – YWN)