Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Cantor/Mohel Samuel Greenbaum: Drinking and Circumcizing

6 Comments:

At 12:26 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.wnbc.com/news/1629871/detail.html

Police: Man On Way To Perform Circumcision Was Drunk
Delicate Ritual Is Traditional Jewish Procedure
WNBC
August 23, 2002

A suburban Detroit man will appear at a pretrial hearing on Monday on charges he was driving drunk on his way to perform a circumcision.

Samuel Greenbaum (pictured, left), 58, is one of five Detroit-area mohels, those who perform a delicate Jewish ritual, called a bris.

West Bloomfield, Mich., police said that Greenbaum failed a breathalyzer test after he was spotted driving erratically.

Ken Gutman, the father of the infant who was being feted at the bris, said that he was initially worried about the mohel when he was an hour late. About 70 family and friends had gathered at the Gutman home in West Bloomfield Township for the occasion.

The incident happened on June 18 a few blocks from Greenbaum's destination, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's department. Greenbaum told police that he had attended another bris earlier in the day and had a couple of glasses of wine there.

Greenbaum is a cantor and former president of The Congregation at Beth Shalom in Oak Park, Mich.

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU ANTI-SENITIC BASTARD! YOU'RE LYING IN YOUR VERY HEADLINE! If you could read what you post, you would see HE NEVER DRANK & CIRCUMSIZED in the story. BUT YOU HATE JEWS TOO MUCH TO GIVE A FUCK. MAY GOD PUNISH YOU TOGETHER WITH THE NAZIS.

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your point by bringing up one incident that happened 2 years ago with someone that nobody even heard of?
There are millions and millions of people out there. You can always find "someone" that did "something". What do you gain by all of this?
You are just a spreader of worthless gossip!

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have an earlier post from 4:09 pm on Saturday. In my religion, that was still Shabbos.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>YOU ANTI-SENITIC BASTARD!

Neither.

>YOU'RE LYING IN YOUR VERY HEADLINE!

Nope.

>If you could read what you post, you would see HE NEVER DRANK & CIRCUMSIZED in the story.

Not my title.
My title: Drinking and Circumcizing
That is gramatically correct and accurate as he was doing both that day. Further he was on his way to perform another cicumcision.

>BUT YOU HATE JEWS TOO MUCH TO GIVE A FUCK.

Nope.

>MAY GOD PUNISH YOU TOGETHER WITH THE NAZIS.

May GOD fix your caps lock.

>What is your point by bringing up one incident that happened 2
>years ago with someone that nobody even heard of?
>There are millions and millions of people out there. You can
>always find "someone" that did "something". What do you gain by
>all of this?
>You are just a spreader of worthless gossip!

See point in latest post about improving regulation and licensing of mohels.

>You have an earlier post from 4:09 pm on Saturday. In my
>religion, that was still Shabbos.

Not Shabbos. Obviously, I was in a different time-zone than my blog's time zone. You should judge people more favorably before such mozi shem rah.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>nobody even heard of?

It was a joke on Leno.


http://www.freep.com/news/locoak/bris23_20020823.htm
Cleric's arrest outrages circumcision celebrants
by Hugh McDiarmid Jr. - staff writer
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2002

An Aug. 23 front-page article about Samuel Greenbaum should not have said he was a former president of Beth Shalom in Oak Park.

Driving. Flying planes. Now add one more thing that drinking doesn't go with: circumcision.

A man on his way to perform a ritual Jewish circumcision on an 8-day-old infant was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence blocks from his destination. He is scheduled to appear at a pretrial hearing Monday before 52-1 District Court Judge Michael Batchik.

Samuel Greenbaum, 58, was charged June 18 with driving under the influence and failing to undergo a Breathalyzer test. Greenbaum, a cantor and former president of the congregation at Beth Shalom in Oak Park, is one of only a handful of Detroit-area mohels -- those who perform the delicate Jewish ritual that involves removing a male infant's foreskin with a razor-sharp scalpel.

The arrest stunned the baby's parents who had staged an elaborate gathering of 70 family members and friends to witness the traditional Jewish procedure, called a bris.

"He was essentially about to perform surgery on my son," said Ken Gutman, of West Bloomfield Township. "If the charges are true, it's an inexcusable betrayal of trust."

Neither Greenbaum nor his attorney, Gerald Gordinier, returned phone messages left Wednesday and Thursday.

Oakland County Sheriff's Capt. Michael McCabe said an off-duty West Bloomfield police officer reported Greenbaum driving his red 1999 Ford Taurus erratically in Commerce Township late in the afternoon on June 18. A deputy confirmed the erratic driving and watched Greenbaum cut off another driver before pulling him over, McCabe said.

After smelling intoxicants, and based on the results of a preliminary breath test and field sobriety tests, deputies arrested Greenbaum, McCabe said.

"He indicated he had performed a bris earlier in the day, and had a couple glasses of wine there," McCabe said. "And he told the deputy he was on his way to another one, and had a lot of people waiting for him."

Gutman, principal of Scripps Middle School near Lake Orion, said the bris was performed by a different mohel two days later. It was a deviation from strict Jewish tradition which calls for abris on a baby's eighth day of life. "Under the circumstances, I think God would understand," said Gutman. "I think things happen for a reason, and ultimately circumstances prevented him from arriving."

Gutman's initial anger has subsided, and he even understands why the incident merited a mention by late-night comic Jay Leno.

"Yeah, it was on Leno," he said. "It was hysterical.

"Unless you were my son."

 

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