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Re: Theos-World figures in history compared

Feb 27, 2003 09:14 AM
by Bart Lidofsky

Steve Stubbs wrote:
Frank is right about that one. The movie THE ETERNAL JEW documented the Jewish pratice of slaughtering animals so as to cause the maximum distress to the sacificial victim.
A) Jews have not sacrificed animals in almost 2000 years. When the 2nd Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, animal (and vegetable, for that matter) sacrifice ended, and the rabbinical groups agreed that prayer would take the place of sacrifice.

B) Kosher slaughtering is designed to cause the MINIMAL distress to the animal. Slaughtering can only be done by a trained specialist, who uses a very sharp knife to cut through the windpipe and the carotid artery. It must slice through both in a single stroke; if it does not, then the animal is not kosher. If the knife is not perfectly sharp, the animal is not kosher. Needless to say, the shochet (the name for the trained specialist) goes through a lot of effort to assure that this does not happen. The animal loses consciousness within 1/2 a second of this taking place. EEG readings that have been taken show that the pain does not have enough time to register.

Bart Lidofsky

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