Religion & Beliefs

God hates brisket and chicken soup

Maybe this goes too far for a lot of people, but it makes sense to me… After yesterday's post about vegetarianism/keeping kosher, I did a little research, and discovered there's a pretty strong movement for Jewish vegetarianism. Probably not news … Read More

By / November 16, 2006

Maybe this goes too far for a lot of people, but it makes sense to me…

After yesterday's post about vegetarianism/keeping kosher, I did a little research, and discovered there's a pretty strong movement for Jewish vegetarianism. Probably not news to you vegan frumsters (observant Jews) out there, but I'm curious about how the kosher-keeping carnivores will respond.

Bearing in mind that the laws of kashruth (kosher dietary laws) are thought to be more humane, as in the case of Jewish slaughter:

Ritual slaughter is known as shechitah, and the person who performs the slaughter is called a shochet, both from the Hebrew root Shin-Chet-Tav, meaning to destroy or kill. The method of slaughter is a quick, deep stroke across the throat with a perfectly sharp blade with no nicks or unevenness. This method is painless, causes unconsciousness within two seconds, and is widely recognized as the most humane method of slaughter possible.

And bearing in mind recent events, that would suggest that a hechsher (kosher seal of approval) doesn't mean shit for the poor cows, chickens, etc… (Link will take you to the video… I can't figure out how to post YOUTUBE here yet)

This stuff is SCARY, and while I'm not someone who believes we shouldn't eat animals on principle… this really makes me think about giving up those delicious steaks I mentioned yesterday. How can this be a "Jewish" practice, an intentional, careful way of life?

I wonder why, in a world where we don't really "need" meat, more kosher Jews don't give it up.