Lonely Man of Cake

February 20, 2007

Fur: Not Kosher

Filed under: Conservation,Israel,Judaism,Religion — lonelymanofcake @ 11:01 am

Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Israel Yonah Metzger has issued a halakhic directive which forbids the wearing of coats made with animal fur.  He grounds this injunction in the Jewish prohibition against cruelty to animals as well as within the overall merciful ethic of the Jewish people.

I’m wondering whether there are ramifications for the shtreimel, mention of which is noticably absent from Rabbi Metzger’s ruling.  Emulating in the 21st century a medieval mode of dress which was originally foreign to Judaism is surely not grounds enough for justifying the animal cruelty entailed in the making of every shtreimel.


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