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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-02-21

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Continued from Page 1

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"Our criteria for certifica-
tion is reflective of the stan-
dards that the community
has come to expect from us.
We are unable to certify any
individual or establishment
that we do not fully trust.
The criteria that we use are
both objective and subjec-
tive. Community history
with any individual, ob-
viously, plays an important
role as well."
The Va'ad did not elab-
orate on the history of its re-
lationship with Mr. Cohen.
Mr. Cohen said he spoke to
the Va'ad about receiving
certification in August 1990
and was told he would have
to submit to inspections of
his family and home to make
sure he was abiding by Or-
thodox observances — in-
cluding the keeping of the
Sabbath.
The Va'ad also would have
required a six-month period
of full supervision of the but-
cher, he said. Normal super-
vision consists of occasional,
sometimes daily, inspections
by trained rabbis.
Michigan's Department of
Agriculture Food Division
has no comment on Mr.
Cohen's complaint, saying
church-state separation pro-
hibits them from making
policy on a religious issue. In
1966, the state passed a law
saying " 'kosher' means
prepared or processed in ac-
cordance with Orthodox
Hebrew religious re-
quirements sanctioned by a
recognized Orthodox rab-
binical council."
The law does not say which
councils are "recognized."
However, state agriculture
officials say that as long as a
butcher sells only kosher-
certified meat, his store can
be considered kosher. The
Va'ad disagrees. It now re-
quires the store to be moni-
tored and the owner
subscribe to Orthodox obser-
vances and belong to an Or-
thodox syngagogue.
"I just couldn't abide by
their decision," Mr. Cohen
said. "The decision, as far as
I'm concerned, is based en-
tirely on discrimination."
Mr. Cohen said the
stipulation on Orthodoxy is
not universally applied.
Several non-Orthodox but-
chers were in business prior
to the Va'ad's 1974 rule bar-
ring non-Orthodox butchers.
Because of a "grandfather"
clause in the Va'ad's re-
quirement, these butchers
continue to do business with
Va'ad certification.
Plus, Mr. Cohen said,
three Farmer Jack stores in
West Bloomfield, Oak Park
and Southfield operate
kosher butcher shops even

though the supermarket's
principal owner — A&P
Supermarkets — is majority
owned by the Tengelmann
Group, a German company.
"As long as Farmer Jack
has supervision, why
shouldn't I have supervi-
sion?" he said.
The Va'ad said Farmer
Jack's kosher butchers are
some of the "most reliable in
the country . . . The nature
of the operation itself is very
conducive to our supervision
and they are extremely co-
operative."
Mr. Cohen has owned and
managed his store, which
was known as New Orleans
Kosher Meat and Poultry
while in Southfield, since
1987. The store was
previously owned and
managed by Mr. Cohen's
father, Alan. The Va'ad
supervised the store until
1982, when it required that

"As long as Farmer
Jack has
supervision, why
shouldn't I have
supervision?"

Michael Cohen

all kosher meat be soaked
and salted, or kashered. Mr.
Cohen kashers meat on re-
quest, but says that raises
the cost of the meat by at
least 10 percent.
From 1985 until May
1990, Alan and then Michael
Cohen had the store moni-
tored by Rabbi Jack
Goldman; this monitoring
ended, they said, over a
business dispute. Since May
1990, the store has been
without supervision.
Experts in kashrut say the
Va'ad's contention — that
Orthodox butchers are spiri-
tually more trustworthy —
is essentially correct,
although it is not applied
equally.
"Circumstance, to a cer-
tain extent, colors the dic-
tates of the community,"
said Rabbi Tzvi Rosen of
Baltimore's Va'ad
Hakashrus. Rabbi Rosen
served recently in the Va'ad
for St. Louis' Jewish com-
munity, which did not re-
quire butchers to be Or-
thodox.
A butcher's spiritual
credibility, he said, is
"inextricably linked" to the
kashrut of the meat.
"If you are not shomer
Shabbat (keeper of the
Sabbath), in the eyes of
Halacha (Jewish law), you do
not enjoy credibility — we're
talking about halachic
credibility," Rabbi Rosen
said.



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