Should The Conservative Rabbis be Trusted?

The Forward quotes their leader this way:

“We are very much interested in the continued production of kosher meat,” said Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly. “We just don’t want those plants that produce it to be perceived by the public as being somehow terrible.”

And what if those plants are terrible?

My guess: A whitewash. The Conservative rabbis are afraid their congregants will stop buying kosher meat or stop keeping kosher all together. So, in the name of “preserving” kashrut, they’ll let Rubashkin (largely) skate.

Also note the inordinate length of time it has taken for the Conservative rabbis to act. Plenty of time for Rubaskin to create a fig leaf of “respectability.”

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Filed under Crime, Jewish Leadership, Kosher Business?, Kosher Meat Scandal

2 responses to “Should The Conservative Rabbis be Trusted?

  1. Neo-Conservaguy

    The Conservative law committee did a careful evaluation including on site inspection of Hebrew National before declaring them kosher. Perhaps, God willing, they will have the courage to apply the same standards when investigating Rubaskins. Then again, I couldn’t get even the vegetarian rabbi to ban Rubaskins at our shul, even though he should know better.

  2. bsci

    The national Conservative movement generally avoids making general pronouncements on kashrut leaving in to the mara d’atra of each synagogue. I do know that prominant rabbis from the Conservative movement have told their congregations to avoid Rubashkin. These are mostly rabbis in LA and NY. Part of the challenge is that it is possible to find non-Rubashkin meat in LA and NY and it is possible to institute a ban without telling everyone to become a vegetarian. I think if there was a viable alternative in the rest of the country, the Conservative movement would become much more vocal.

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