Facts of Jewish Ritual Slaughter
Should Dispel Critics' Arguments
Abraham L. Ritda is one of a
growing number of Jews who
feel consternation over the
threatening criticism of shochta
(Jewish ritual slaughter) by ad-
vocates of. "humane slaughter."
He is also one of only a few
private citizens to have sought
explanation and encouraged in-
vestigation into the issue by
government agencies and con-
cerned civic groups.
Ruda, 12961 Nine Mile, Oak
Park, is a printer by trade. His
involvement, he explains, is one
of a person whose way of life
is jeopardized by those who
would interfere with shochta.
His efforts are evidenced
by a formidable correspon-
dence and compilation of facts
from the agencies responsi-
ble for the study and regula-
tion of slaughter. Mainly they
are branches of the United
States Department of Agri-
The crux of the problem,
Ruda says is a lack of under-
standing. For he believes that
shochta is not only the most
humane method of slaughter,
but also the most beneficial
to the health of the consumer.
The Humane Slaughter Law,
which went into effect June
30, 1960, provides that meat
sold to Federal agencies must
come from animals slaughtered
by methods spelled out in the
humane slaughter regulations.
These methods include the use
of chemical (carbon dioxide
gas), mechanical (captive bolt
or gunshot) and electrical de-
vices for rendering a meat ani-
mal insensible before slaughter.
This activity, called "stunning,"
is prohibited by shochta.
Jewish ritual slaughter is
also deemed acceptable in
the Act of Congress, but pres-
sure groups of "humane
slaughter" advocates have
been actively seeking its pro-
hibition in various states and
in other countries.
Ruda shares the belief with
others, including non-
Histadrut will honor Pioneer
experts, that some stun-
Women of Detroit with an after- Jewish
methods are excessive and
noon tea 12:30 p.m. Thursday ning
contradictory to the purpose of
at the Labor Zionist Institute.
least pain and discomfort to the
According to Mrs. Belle Glen- animal to be slaughtered.
ner, Council Histadrut chair-
Shochta provides for the swift
man, all Pioneer Women are de- severance of the carotid artery,
voting themselves to solicitation an action described as so swift
of pledges for Histadrut. These that the animal is rendered com-
activities are being directed by pletely insensible, devoid of
the Histadrut chairmen of each pain, at the instant of the stroke.
of the 15 local chapters.
There is more possibility of
The Detroit Council of Pio- the occurrence of pain with the
neer Women has declared Jan. use of some stunning methods
15 to Feb. 15 as "Histadrut than there is in this method of
Month" within the organization. slaughter, according to shochta
According to last year's agree- proponents.
But most important, says
ment reached between the Pio-
neer Women and the National Ruda, is the logic behind
Committee for Labor Israel, shochta, "the beauty of Jew-
monies raised by Pioneer Wom- ish law."
The reason for foregoing
en for the klistadrut Campaign
will 'be divided equally after de "stunning" - and the purpose of
slashing the carotid artery is to
duction of expenses.
slaughter the animal "openly"'
Mrs., S. L. A. Marshall, wife
the greatest effusion of
of the military analyst and edi- for
Tampering with the animal
of the Detroi'
before actual slaughter, shochta
News, will be
advocates say, results in a de-
gree of internal hemorrhaging
and coagulation which does not
Marshall w a
permit the greatest amount of
one of eight
fluid drainage. The animal
therefore is "closed."
this area se-
The value of greatest effu-
lected by the
sion is that the blood. of the
animal is regarded by many
Army to par-
as a potential Carrier of dis-
ticipate in Mrs. Marshall
ease and should be eliminated
"Operation Understanding," the so as not to be stored in the
first all-female group to be meat when sold over the
briefed on our missile system.
counter for consumption.
Thursday's program will also
In support of the shochta
feature the preview showing of method, Ruda cites a report by
the recently.- completed film, Dr. H. H. Dukes, head of the
"Frank Sinatra in Israel."
Department of Physiology, Col-
An added attraction will be lege of Veterinary Medicine at
a prize of a mink-trimmed , cash- Cornell University.
mere sweater for which every-
Dukes presented his research
one is eligible who has turned findings to a meeting of the
in her personal pledge to the Humane. Slaughter Advisory
Histadrut Campaign by the date Committee of the U.S. Depart-
of the tea. There will be no ad- Ment of Agriculture.
mission charge and refresh- .(Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik
ments will be served. For reser: of Roxbury, Mass., professor of
vations, call the Histadrut :of- • _Talmud at Yeshiva University's
Theological Seminary: in New
fice, UN 447094.
York City, was one of the first
members appointed to the com-
Chamber Music Society mittee.)
to Present Concert
- In answer to . the question,
The Chamber Music Society "In your opinion, is the Shechi-
of Detroit announces the second tah, or Jewish method of
concert in_ the current series Slaughter humane?" Dukes tes-
to be held 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in tified: .
"Based on observation and
the Community Arts, Audito-
rium, Wayne State University. research,, in my opinion, the
Artists include Miseha Mischa- method is. humane. :"The ani-
koff, violin; Paul Olefsky, cello; mal's throat is cut with a very
Mariam Kilby, piano; Charles sharp knife and the motion
Sirard, bassoon, and Robert is a. very quick one. I believe
the suddenness of the slaugh-
Fries, Horn .
tering will almost immediate-
Prograth will feature , works ly render the animal un-
by Mozart, Debussy, Ross Lee conscious."
Finney and' Brahms.
If such authoritative informa-
Tickets are available at: the tion were disseminated proper-
Wayne State Student Center, ly, Ruda says, there would be
Grinnell's, or call The Cham- no foundation for criticism of
ber Music Society, WO 2-0890.
Pays Tribute to
American Legion Post Protests -
Bias Against Jews at Arab Ports
Norman N. Robbins, district
commander of the American
Legion Department of Michigan
Detroit Districts Association, this
week made known the following
resolution adopted by Charles A.
Learned Post No. 1:
MISS PHYLLIS ARAN
At a recent tea the engage-
ment of Phyllis Elaine Aran to
Gerald Howard Dubrinsky was
The bride-elect is the daugh-
ter of Julius Aran, 16919 Prair-
ie, and the late Mrs. Aran. Her
fiance is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Philip Dubrinsky, 19430
Lucerne. A March 3 wedding is
"Whereas the United States has
recently instituted a shameful and
ignominious policy of denying
leaves or furloughs to men of vari-
ous faiths while serving in some
foreign areas, as a concession or
method of appeasement to certain
foreign states, and
"Whereas, the United States his-
torically has never set a policy of
racial or religious discrimination
among its servicemen in order to
appease any foreign power, and
"Now therefore, be it resolved:
That the American Legion, Detroit
Districts Association go on record
as condemning this policy of dis-
crimination of servicemen or any
group, and ackg the President of
the United States, as the Com-
mander in Chief of our Armed
Forces to remove this policy at
"Further, that a copy of this
resolution be forwarded to the De-
troit newspapers, a copy to the
American Legion Department of
Michigan, a copy to each of Michi-
gan's two senators, and a copy to
the President of the United States."
Expressing the resentment of
ex-servicemen because of the
restrictions uppn Jewish service-
men from shore leave in Arab
countries, American Legion
leaders have demanded a probe
of the prejudicial practices re-
suiting from Arab . pressures.
In response to the resolution
submitted by Commander Rob-
bins, Assistant Secretary of De-
fense Julian H. Bowman wrote
that he was "unaware of any
policy denying leaves or fur-
loughs to men of various faiths
while serving in foreign areas."
The matter is now being pur-
sued in order to assure fair
treatment of Jewish servicemen
in foreign areas.
Rabbi Fram Elected
President of Detroit
Dr. Leon Fram was elected
president of the Detroit Library
Commission at the Commission's
annual meeting. Dr. Fram, who
is Rabbi of Temple Israel, has
been a commissioner since 1953
and previously served as pres-
ident in 1958.
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