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Poland’s Chief Rabbi Threatens to Quit over Kosher Slaughter Ban

By: JTA

Poland’s chief rabbi said he will resign if a definitive ban on kosher slaughter is imposed in the country.

“I cannot imagine serving as chief rabbi in a country in which the rights of the Jewish religion are curtailed, as I would not be able then to serve properly my coreligionists,” Rabbi Michael Schudrich wrote on his Facebook page. “This obviously is not a threat, for whom would I threaten, but a statement of an obvious fact. If the legality of ritual slaughter will not be reinstituted in a legitimate way, I will be obliged to resign from my function.”

The American-born Schudrich, who has worked in Poland for more than two decades, has served as Poland’s chief rabbi since 2004. Before that he was rabbi to the Warsaw Jewish community and director of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Poland.

The lower house of Poland’s parliament last Friday rejected a government-sponsored draft law that would have legalized Jewish ritual slaughter, or shechitah, in Poland, by a 222-178 vote.

Poland had allowed shechitah until earlier this year, making about $650 million annually by exporting kosher and halal meat to Israel and Muslim-majority countries. But in January, acting on a petition filed by animal rights groups, a constitutional court ruled that the country has no right to allow religious slaughter.

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9 Responses to “Poland’s Chief Rabbi Threatens to Quit over Kosher Slaughter Ban”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    So, the gov in Poland ends shechita and the rabbi quits?

    Who does more harm to the remaining Jews in Poland.
    The government by forbidding shechita? or their rabbi, by abandoning them?

  2. principled stance to biased position

  3. Ch Hoffman says:

    To the anti-Semite parliament in Poland, the rabbi's quitting will be of no significance. Whoever he's trying to impress with his principled stance, it will be his community that suffers (assuming he's doing any sort of decent job for them)

  4. My grandparent get out from Polen after WWI, of what sre waitng and go out to Israel, where is liberty for the jews.

  5. Resigning his post as "Chief Rabbi" doesn't mean that he's going anywhere. It merely means that he's giving up a title. Therefore your berating him for abandoning the Jews in Poland is disingenuous. What makes you think he won't be able to tend to the needs of the Polish Jews without the official title?

  6. Resigning his post as "Chief Rabbi" doesn't mean that he's going anywhere. It merely means that he's giving up a title. Therefore your berating him for abandoning the Jews in Poland is disingenuous. What makes you think he won't be able to tend to the needs of the Polish Jews without the official title?

  7. Anonymous says:

    STOP ALL TOURIST TRIPS TO THE CONCENTRATIONS CAMPS AND POLAND. THIS IS HOW THEY MAKE MONEY. THINGS WILL CHANGE IN A HURRY. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  8. Anonymous says:

    No they do not, margins on group tour esp. the larger tours are very slim. In addition many concentration have free admission so nope it wouldnt change a thing but rather make life for us Poles more enjoyable POLSKA GORA

  9. mydogpeter says:

    Poland’s government has a long reputation with its Jews, going back long before WWII, when it suddenly became “fashionable” to persecute the long-standing Polish-Jewish population.  No surprise there.  Polish Jews should know better by this time:  the Polish government will NEVER PROTECT THEM AS CITIZENS.  THEY JUS’ LIVE WITHIN ITS BORDERS AND PAY TAXES!  Equal rights and government protection??  Fugeddaboudit!

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