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Polish chief rabbi’s aide suspended amid kosher slaughter controversy

February 13, 2014 05:35

Amid reports that kosher slaughter is continuing in Poland despite a court ruling prohibiting it, the country’s chief rabbi suspended an aide who appears to have given false information about the practice to government inspectors.

The aide, Michael Alper, asked Polish veterinarians in a letter for permission to slaughter 250 cows at a slaughterhouse after stunning them with electricity, in accordance with Polish law. The November 2013 letter, which was obtained by JTA, carried the aide’s title of “Rabbinate coordinator for Kosher production in Poland.”

But if the animals had undergone kosher slaughter, or shechitah, then they could not have been stunned because Jewish law requires animals be conscious when they are killed, Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, told JTA Tuesday.

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