BOSTON (Aug. 18)
The injunction which barred six nationally known Orthodox rabbis from interfering in the affairs of the Stadium Packing Company, and which attracted attention in Orthodox circles throughout the country, will be withdrawn within a few days and the slaughter house will be open to the inspection of all rabbis according to a decision handed down by a Beth Din at which all parties involved were represented.
The controversy came about because Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchick, of Boston, argued that he had sole authority in Boston Kashruth matters while a newly formed local Rabbinical Council sought the right to serve as “mashgichim,” (religious inspectors), in the establishment.
Irving Keller, proprietor of the Stadium Packing said that he wanted his establishment open to any rabbi. Rabbi Soloveitchik then brought down five leading Orthodox rabbis and it is alleged that Keller was threatened with an “issur,” (a religious ban) if he didn’t conform with their demands. The slaughter house proprietor feared the “issur” and decided to take out an injunction against the rabbis. A controversy in which the entire Boston Jewish community was aroused ensued.
Sitting in on the Din Torah were Rabbi Abraham Isaac Zalmonovitz, Rabbi Eliezer Proiosky and Rabbi Moses Rosen, all of New York