Two traditions that have been mainstays of Judaism are under attack in different parts of the world these days for the same reason: people who feel morally superior have decided that circumcision and Jewish dietary requirements for animal slaughter are cruel and inhumane.
As a political progressive, as a member of PETA and the Human Rights Campaign, it certainly feels incongruous to be defending age-old beliefs and practices against what some might see as enlightened new perspectives on what constitutes “pain” and “cruelty.” But as our conservative friends and neighbors like to remind us, change for the sake of change is not always for the best.
The Preparation of Kosher Meat is Not Kosher
The government of Holland is currently considering joining the ranks of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Baltic nations, Switzerland and New Zealand in outlawing “shechita,” the required method of animal slaughter maintained by traditional Jews who consume Kosher meat. Read More