Even if medical opinion is that under certain conditions a non-treifah animal will not survive for the "twelve month" period, we do not add such conditions to those for which an animal is considered treifah (MAIMONIDES, Mishneh Torah, Shehitah
Topics discussed include synagogue architecture, American Jews' attitudes towards the banning of shehitah
(kosher slaughter) in 1930s Poland, Russian-Jewish author S.A.
When the Germans occupied Poland during the last war, the first thing which they proclaimed was to prohibit shehitah
. I would like to quote their regulation: In any territory under German rule, cruelty to animals of any kind is not permissible.
Yet other aspects of traditional Jewish culture marked the Jews as inescapably different: the mikvah (the ritual public bath), kashrut (the Jewish dietary laws), shehitah
(ritual slaughter of animals), and brit milah (ritual circumcision).
the slaughtering technique called shehitah
,(18) which in 1937 became prohibited by law.
See Berel Berkovits, Challenges to Shehitah
in Europe, 39 JUDAISM 470, 470 (1990).
But I think of the Butcher's Mass, their special blessing, and the shehitah
of the Jews.