Today in Jewish History – Elul 8

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On this date in 1893, kosher slaughter was declared illegal in Switzerland — a ban that continues until today. That same year, kosher slaughter was prohibited in the German region of Saxony. Today, Norway also bans kosher slaughter, and other European countries such as the UK have taken the matter under consideration. Sometimes these laws are anti-Semitic in nature, but couched in humanitarian terms. The issue is one of great sensitivity for the Jewish community, being that one of the first enactments of the Nazis in 1933 was to outlaw kosher slaughter — an act of horrible irony that preceded the slaughter of 6 million Jews.

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