Shechita Continues in Krakow

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Olive Tree Owner and Shochet Yitzchak Horowitz

When I lived in Krakow as a Fulbright Fellow from 1993-1994, the thought of having a real kosher restaurant in Krakow, let alone kosher schechita, would have been a fantasy. (The topic of “kosher” restaurants in Krakow in the 1990’s deserves its own long essay.)

Today, thanks to a thriving tourist industry, the profittable exports of Kosher meat, and to some extent consumption b

y the local community, Kosher food and locally produced meat is available at
several establishments. In today’s Krakow Post there is a comprehensive discussion of the issues invovled in the Polish Kosher Meat ban, and a great interview with JCC Director Jonathan Ornstein, who commented:

I don’t eat meat and would like to live in a world where no one else does either, but I don’t accept the idea that a country where you can go out and hunt for pleasure, also something expressly forbidden in Judaism, a country where you can take a live carp home in a plastic bag and allow it to slowly suffocate as you wait in line at the supermarket checkout before Christmas, should outlaw a form of killing that was devised thousands of years go to be humane.

For more on this issue read today’s Krakow Post.