• June 23, 2021
  • 13 5781, Tamuz
  • פרשת בלק

Shechita: Humane Slaughtering

Shechita: Humane Slaughtering

Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman and learn about the halachot of shechitah in light of the history of both anti-shechitah legislation in certain countries and the 2008 Agriprocessors incident in the U.S.

November 24, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shechita: Humane Slaughtering: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone,

Jewish communities, particularly communities located in Western Europe, have been facing growing calls to ban שחיטה. It is accused of being a cruel way to kill animals. In this series of three classes I wish to discuss the halachot of שחיטה and how, when they are scrupulously followed, שחיטה is a humane method of slaughter

December 1, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shechita: Humane Slaughtering: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone

In tomorrow’s session I hope to discuss the question of rendering animal’s unconscious prior to שחיטה.

Several jurisdictions require that animal’s be rendered unconscious prior to שחיטה in order to make the process as painless as possible.

We saw last week that when done properly שחיטה has been acknowledged by PETA to be painless, but there are countries that are not satisfied with this.

So tomorrow we will examine two methods of rendering animals unconscious- by stunning them with electrical shock or by suffocating them. We will see why neither of these methods cannot be accepted.

December 8, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shechita: Humane Slaughtering: Lesson
Class description

In the past two meetings we discussed שחיטה and why it is a humane method of slaughter when done properly.

In today’s session we will discuss how the Halacha views the practice of forced molting. Molting is a natural phenomenon in which birds shed their feathers. Forced molting is the process of starving hens in order to cause them to shed their feathers when they reach a certain age. The purpose of forced molting is to extend the period of time during which the hens lay eggs.

The question of whether this practice is permitted according to the Halacha or not is what we will discuss in today’s final class ,

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.