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Monday, July 23, 2012

Ban/Boycott Switzerland!

Honestly, I think that Jews should avoid visiting and living in all countries that ban shechita, Jewish ritual slaughter. That includes Switzerland for sure. Considering that those very same countries permit hunting, the cruelest and most immoral sport of all, the only reason for their banning shechita can be blatant antisemitism.

The latest faux moral fad is banning circumcision, even though it has been recommended by doctors for centuries. It's one of the pillars of Judaism and was adopted by Islam, also. Their have been laws proposed banning it even in San Francisco, USA. Germany almost banned it, too, but finally stopped the process.

Now Switzerland, which has shechita as illegal for decades is now joining the ban the circumcision crowd. But so far it's not a national law, just hospital by hospital. Actually, this doesn't affect the Jewish community all that much, because most brittot, religious circumcisions are done in synagogues by qualified and trained mohelim, not medical doctors. This is more of a psychological war against Jewish ritual which can influence the less observant to think of it as bad or dangerous.

Religious rights and freedom should be part of Swiss life, but it isn’t. Any country that bans shechita is banning Jewish life, because it is banning Jewish food. That’s the foundation of life, isn’t it? I remember being shocked when hearing about the Swiss ban when we were doing Jewish youth work in London in the mid-1970’s. Coming from the United States and Israel, it was hard to believe. In the typical Jewish fashion, Swiss Jewry just found ways of dealing with it, ways of importing kosher food/meat. Just because you can find ways around it and not starve doesn’t make it right or moral. That's how the Nazis began, with small steps that people easily ignored.

We must not accept countries like that. There are enough places in the world in which Jews can legally live as Jews. Of course, Israel is best, but that’s another story.


Leah said...

Agreed. My niece lived in a Chabad shluchos program there and the laws were definitely not favorable to Jews.
Unfortunately there are a few European coutries that view Jews as less than....

Anonymous said...

Rare tornado touchdown on Lake of Zürich, Switzerland
Posted on July 23, 2012 | 1 Comment
A rare tornado touched down on Lake of Zürich, Switzerland on July 21, 2012. The image was sent by a reader from Switzerland. Video is courtesy of YouTube user ugeilinger. Geographically, Lake of Zürich is located in the southwestern part of the canton of Zürich. To the east are – separated by Zürichberg-Adlisberg, Forch and Pfannenstiel – two minor lakes: Greifensee (Lake Greifen) and Pfäffikersee (Lake Pfäffikon). Zimmerberg and the Etzel regions lie to the west. Lake Zürich is formed by the river Linth, which, rising in the glaciers of the Tödi Range in Glarus, which was diverted...


dont worry, as a noahide i am very unhappy on what is happening. but pain aside, see the battering Hashem is giving us. and we still dont learn. theresa

Batya said...

Leah, 10, the Swiss weren't nice to Jews during the Holocaust either

Hadassa said...

Unlike most gold coins, a large number of Swiss coins minted during WWII have the same composition as gold teeth. Neither the Swiss nor the Red Cross were neutral during the Holocaust.

Batya said...

How gruesome, but how Swiss and practical.