Anyone who has been to Germany in recent years might have noticed that there is a budding and thriving Jewish community in Germany, believed to number 100,000. Most of the new German Jews are either from the former Soviet Union or as The New York Times reported recently, from Israel.
Ironically, say European rabbis, there is somewhat of a resurgence of Jewish life, most notably in Berlin where there is a functioning yeshiva. There are a large number of conversions in Germany and there is a growing demand for kosher food.
Against that background comes the news of two Jewish men who are on trial in Germany, accused of passing off non-kosher meat as kosher to members of the Frankfurt Jewish community over a period of two years. As much as 40,000 kg of non-kosher meat was sold to unsuspecting customers for a period of two years, according to the Juedische Allgemeine. The two defendants sold the meat out of the Aviv butchers in Frankfurt, which served communities throughout Germany. The butcher shop supplied kosher meat to a Jewish school, a nursing home and numerous private residences both within Frankfurt and other locales.
Well, as any reader here knows, we’ve been through this before, It is terrible wherever it happens, but there is something very eerie when this occurs in Germany, in a very fragile Jewish community and in a country with such a dark past. According to my sources some of the affected Jews threw out their dishes and completely koshered their homes, but perhaps even sadder is how some of them related how violated they felt by eating non-kosher meat. Shame on the perpetrators.
By Menachem Lubinsky, Editor in Chief, Kosher Today