WARSAW (Jan. 3)
Practice of shechita has been entirely forbidden in townships of the Lodz district, it was disclosed here today, under an interpretation by the authorities of the new law limiting kosher slaughter.
A scheduled rally here today to protest the new law was prohibited by the authorities.
A Jewish butcher, Shmuel Gliklich, 55, committed suicide by poison because he could not obtain a butcher’s license for 1937 under the law. He left a wife and six children.
According to the interpretation in Lodz, limited shechita may be practiced only in the cities but is to be totally prohibited in townships since Jews residing there can import meat from the neighboring cities. As a result of the interpretation, 40 per cent of the Jews in the Lodz district face the likelihood of being without even the Meagre ration of .02 kilos per person per day permitted under the new law.
Alarmed by this interpretation, a delegation of rabbis has arrived here seeking intervention of the federal authorities. Should the interpretation be upheld, the Jewish communities affected will be in a serious financial position, since all their institutions are dependent on the income from assessments levied in connection with the practice of shechita.
In Warsaw, kosher abattoirs have been allotted a quota for January of 1,900,000 kilograms (about 4,180,000 pounds) of livestock on the hoof, which is expected to result in each Jew’s receiving an average of two kilograms net per month.