I understand that the Orthodox Union (OU) panders to its ultra orthodox constituency even to the extent of supporting Rabbi Belsky in his defense of convicted child molesters and his rejection of the CDC’s scientific competency about the risks of MBP. I even get that they are backtracking on the scientific evidence that oral-genital suction during circumcision is dangerous.
But now they have entered the realm of extreme amaratzus (rabbinical ignorance). According to Steven I Weiss, their publication, Jewish Action, now states,
Among halachic [Jewish law] authorities there is a consensus that suction must be performed, but they disagree as to whether the suction can be performed via a tube (thereby avoiding direct contact with the mouth) or via [direct] oral contact.”
Really! Last I heard, the Chasam Sofer (Rabbi Moses Sofer) counted as a “halachic authority.” In 1837 he wrote to his student in Vienna, Rav Eliezer Horowitz,
Your valuable [letter] has reached me. You write correctly that we find no requirement to do mezizah specifically with the mouth. Only the mekubalim [kabalists/mystics] require this for they say that Divine judgment is softened through mouth and lips . We do not reckon, however, with the “hidden” when there is even a minute danger.
The psak (ruling) of Moses Sofer goes on to explain that pressure with a gauze is sufficient to meet the requirement of metzitzah.
So let me get this, they can claim a “halachic consensus” which ignores the chasam sofer, one of the most important poskim of the last few centuries who says oral suction is not required in any form.
The biography of the chasam sofer on the OU website begins, “To mention the Chasam Sofer is to evoke an aura of unique awe.” Terrible prose, but clearly, adulation.
If you know anyone at the OU, ask them, has the chasam sofer has lost his aura and is he no longer part of the “halachic consensus?”