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  NY: 'Kosher' chicken not kosher

 

Outrage in New York: Hassidic butcher accused of stocking shelves of kosher grocery store with non-kosher chicken

Associated Press

Published:  09.07.06, 13:55
 

 

 

A Hasidic butcher from New York has been accused of stocking the shelves of a kosher grocery store with non-kosher chicken and selling it to thousands of Orthodox Jewish families, authorities said.

 

 

"To sell non-kosher as kosher is one of the biggest acts of betrayal that a Jewish person can do to another," said Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandel of Chemed Shul, a local synagogue. "This is the darkest day in the history of our community since we settled in this area many years ago."

 

 

The butcher, Moshe Finkel, owns Shevach Meats, which buys kosher meats in bulk and slices and packages it for grocery stores, religious schools and Hasidic camps in the Catskill Mountains.

 

 

The state's Department of Agriculture and Markets are trying to determine the origin of the chicken, whether it was ever certified as kosher and advertised as such at the store, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department said. Violators are subject to fines of up to USD 1,000.

 

 

 
Weissmandel said Finkel was banned from the grocery store. He said store owners confronted the butcher after they noticed the shelves lined with kosher meats, even though Finkel's suppliers had not made a delivery. An early morning call to Finkel's home Thursday was not returned.

 

 

Since sundown on Saturday, when the Jewish Sabbath ended, families in the community who keep kosher have been scrubbing kitchen counters and stoves and dipping pots in scalding water as a cleansing ritual for being exposed to non-kosher foods.


 

                                                                                              
Breaking News
Nonkosher chickens shock community
A kosher butcher in an Orthodox community in New York is accused of supplying nonkosher chickens.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets seized 15 cases of chickens from Hatzlocha Grocery in Monsey after it received word that the chickens supplied by Shevach Meats were not kosher.

To sell nonkosher as kosher is one of the biggest acts of betrayal that a Jewish person can do to another, Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandel of Chemed Shul, a local synagogue, told The New York Times.

This is the darkest day in the history of our community since we settled in this area many years ago.

                                                  

 

   

Rabbis warn against meats from Spring Valley butcher

By SULAIMAN BEG
sbeg@lohud.com
THE JOURNAL NEWS


 

(Original publication: September 7, 2006

 

SPRING VALLEY A coalition of local rabbis is advising Jews who have purchased meats from a local butcher accused of selling non-kosher chicken last week, to have their utensils kashered, or made kosher.

The Tuesday night decision, made by rabbis from New Square, Monsey and Spring Valley with consultation from rabbis in Israel, was based on Jewish code law that says that once someone's reputation is tarnished, their reputation is tarnished forever.

"Once we were convinced that he definitely sold non-kosher chicken, than it became a very clear-cut case," said Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandel of Chemed Shul in Monsey. "People in the community are very hurt. It's like going to the bottom. The worst of the worst."

The owner of Shevach Meats, Moshe Finkel, has been accused of stocking the shelves of Hatzlocha Grocery on Maple Avenue with non-kosher chicken. Finkel, who rents office space behind the supermarket, bought kosher chicken and other meats in bulk, and then sliced, packaged and sold them at the grocery store and to wedding halls, religious schools and upstate Hasidic camps. Finkel, who has been associated with the store for at least a decade, did not return calls to his Monsey home today.

Store owners last week discovered that Finkel had not been getting deliveries from a regular distributor and when they searched the butcher shop found non-kosher chicken.

The state's Department of Agriculture and Markets is investigating the case and quarantined 15 cases of the chicken last week to tested.

Read more about this story tomorrow in The Journal News

Butcher Is Accused of Passing Off Chicken as Kosher

Published: September 7, 2006

MONSEY, N.Y., Sept. 6 Since sundown on Saturday when the Jewish Sabbath ended men, women and children have been scrubbing kitchen counters and stoves, and dipping pots and utensils in scalding water.

My husband and I had to leave everything we were doing, said Esther Herzl, 61, a Hasidic grandmother who lives here, and all we did was scrape and scrape and scrape from the cutlery to the glassware to the countertops, oven and stove. Im beat. Were truly religious, so we dont cheat in the cleaning.

The cleansing ritual, which is prescribed by Jewish law, became necessary after a Hasidic butcher was accused of stocking the shelves of a kosher grocery store here with nonkosher chicken and selling it to thousands of Orthodox Jewish families.

Now a group of rabbis is debating the fate of the butcher.

Last week, the states Department of Agriculture and Markets seized 15 cases of chicken from the store, Hatzlocha Grocery, where the butcher sold chicken and other meats from rented shelf space to test it for salt, a key ingredient in kosher food.

The state agency and the rabbis, who represent several Hasidic congregations in Monsey and elsewhere in Rockland County, are trying to determine the origin of the chicken, whose package carried the stickers of two area kosher meat plants that had ceased supplying to the butcher after he failed to pay them, according to a local rabbi and an employee at the store.

To sell nonkosher as kosher is one of the biggest acts of betrayal that a Jewish person can do to another, said Rabbi Menachem Meir Weissmandel of Chemed Shul, a local synagogue. This is the darkest day in the history of our community since we settled in this area many years ago.

The butcher, Moshe Finkel, owns Shevach Meats, which buys kosher chicken and other meats in bulk, and then slices, packages and sells it at the grocery store and to wedding halls, religious schools and Hasidic camps in the Catskill Mountains.

Attempts to reach Mr. Finkel, who lives in Monsey, by telephone were unsuccessful on Wednesday. Rabbi Weissmandel said that Mr. Finkel was banned from Hatzlocha Grocery last Wednesday, as soon as the store owners uncovered his alleged transgression.

He said the store owners confronted Mr. Finkel after they noticed the shelves lined with kosher meats, even though his usual suppliers had not made a delivery. Almost immediately, leaflets lined Hatzlochas windows, telling patrons in Hebrew that Shevach Meats had been caught selling nonkosher chicken. At synagogues and on the street, rabbis instructed the faithful to throw out the meat and cleanse their kitchens to make them kosher again.

The matter has been the talk of Jewish Web logs. One of them, Vos Iz Neias, announced it under the banner headline Butcher Sells Treifa Chicken as Kosher. (Nonkosher food, or food that is not in accord with Jewish dietary laws, is called treif, which derives from the Hebrew word teref, or torn.) The posting generated 440 comments in two days.

Rabbinical panels often work in secret, so it is hard to figure out when the rabbis here will reach a decision or what it will be.

As for the state, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department said investigators were trying to determine if the chicken was ever certified as kosher and advertised as such at the store. She said violators are subject to fines of up to $1,000.