Tonight at 7PM, Yeshiva University will be hosting a panel entitled "Kosher Question: Are Ethics and Kashrut Inextricably Linked or Unconnected?"
According the Yeshiva University News:
Rabbis from major Orthodox organizations will address the role that ethics plays in Jewish dietary laws at “The Kosher Quandary: Ethics and Kashrut” at Yeshiva University on Dec. 9. The discussion is a timely response to the controversy surrounding Agriprocessors, one of the largest kosher meatpacking companies in the U.S., which recently filed for bankruptcy after facing criminal charges and fines for labor violations.
The Orthodox community was beset with questions about the relationship of kashrut and ethics after news reports that the Jewish-owned Agriprocessors was raided for employing illegal immigrants, many of whom claimed to be under-age and working in abusive conditions.
Panelists at the student-sponsored event include Rabbi Avi Shafran, director of public affairs at Agudath Israel of America; Rabbi Menachem Genack, rabbinic administrator and CEO of the Orthox Union’s Kashrut Division and a rosh yeshiva [professor of Talmud] at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America; and Shmuly Yanklowitz, co-founder and director of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice organization.
You can watch the event live online below or by clicking here.