Polish Jews continue ritual slaughter despite ban

(JNS.org) The Polish-Jewish community is still practicing shechita (kosher slaughter), despite a law banning ritual slaughter passed in January by the country’s parliament, the Sejm. Last week, a bill that would have created an exception to the ban, re-legalizing both kosher and halal slaughter, was voted down in the Sejm, 222-178.

Click photo to download. Caption: Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

American-born Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich told the Jerusalem Post, “I have no hesitation to do shechita. When it becomes necessary we certainly will do shechita [again] because I believe it's legal.”

Polish Minister of Administration and Digitization Michael Bon, who deals with religious issues, has recommended the re-examining of the ritual slaughter ban to see whether it violates the Polish constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religious worship.


Posted on July 18, 2013 .