web analytics
March 27, 2015 / 7 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


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.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

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!

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu to Release Frozen Palestinian Authority Tax Revenue
Latest News Stories
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The PA hasn’t changed anything on their end, so why did Netanyahu suddenly change his policy?

Netanyahu and Saudi King Salman.

Obama’s “two-state” phobia shows how much he and his experts do not understand the Middle East.

Rice

Kosher for Passover? Depends who you ask.

The main suspect confessed to passing on information to Syria through the Internet.

Has anyone asked Obama why Netanyahu should even think about agreeing to a Palestinian Authority country?

A U.S. Air Force F-15 warplane dropped approximately 60,000 leaflets over the Syrian city of Raqaa to discourage people from joining the Islamic State (ISIS), the Pentagon revealed Thursday. The “Military Information Support Operations,” propaganda campaign was carried out last week and was the first time the United States has used the tactic in Syria. […]

Israel reportedly wants to change the names to Hebrew, which would affront Muslim sensitivities.

The non-binding vote approves funds for imposing sanctions if Iran violates a deal.

Congress is ‘fed up’ with being left in the dark on the Iran negotiations

While there’s not much snow left, there are bike trails, hiking trails and extreme mountain sleds.

The White House says another foreign policy failure proves Obama is doing something right, but it not clear exactly what.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports Saudi Arabia’s attack on Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen Saudi Arabia has been joined by other oil-rich states, including Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the Gulf States, all of whom said that “they “have decided to answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his […]

The former US envoy to the United Nations writes in the NY Times that bombing Iran is the only way to stop a nuclear arms race.

More Articles from JTA

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]

“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.

The Nazis nearly destroyed the 17th synagogue.

Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.

Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]

A fundraising campaign started quietly by two first graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease just passed the $1 million mark.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/polands-chief-rabbi-threatens-to-quit-over-kosher-slaughter-ban/2013/07/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: