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Lobbyist en Politiek Filosoof

Robbert Baruch is Manager Public Affairs bij Buma/Stemra. Hij is op 12 oktober 1967 in Amsterdam geboren. Hij studeerde Politicologie (Politieke Filosofie) en Bestuurskunde in Leiden en Theologie in Amsterdam en Jeruzalem. Zijn studie politicologie rondde hij af met een scriptie over Vondel's Palamedes en de 17e-eeuwse Nederlandse politieke filosofie. Na zijn studie werkte hij achtereenvolgens als communicatiestrateeg bij een internationaal reclamebureau, communicatiemanager bij de ING Groep, bestuursadviseur, wethouder van de Rotterdamse deelgemeente Feijenoord en lobbyist voor het Verbond van Verzekeraars in Den Haag.

Koshere verdoofde slacht?

Marianne Thieme baseert zich op een niet representatieve rabbijn tijdens de Holocaust

Gisteravond noemde Marianne Thieme een Rabbijn Rabinowitz als Joodse autoriteit die zich uitspreekt voor verdoofde slacht. Onderdeel van onze religie is nu eenmaal dat overal verschil van mening over kan bestaan, en bestaat, dus dat er ergens iemand gevonden kan worden met een andere mening dan de rest over koshere slacht verbaast me ook niet, maar……

Ten eerste baseert Rabinowitz zich op een Rabbijn Waldenberg, die in de jaren ´30, onder druk van de toenmalige dreiging om de koshere slacht te verbieden naar de mogelijkheden om verdoofd te slachten. Ten tweede: zie onderstaande mail van “niet zo maar een rabbijn:”Michael Broyde

Samenvattend: Thieme baseert zich op een opvatting van een Amerikaanse rabbijn die zich in de verste verte niet met de kosjere slachtpraktijk bezighoudt, en die volledig is gebaseerd op een oordeel van een Duitse rabbijn, die overigens ook nog eens als minderheid wordt aangeduid, tijdens de Holocaust. Denkt mevrouw Thieme religieuze bezwaren weg te kunnen nemen, wanneer zij zich daarbij meent te moeten baseren op die tijd en die omstandigheden?

April 12, 2011

You asked me for my opinion concerning the correctness of Rabbi Meyer Rabinowitz’s view that stunning prior to ritual slaughter (shechita) is permitted by Jewish law.

Rabbi Rabinowitz’s view is not at all correct.  It both is not followed and cannot be followed as a matter of Jewish law.

It is important to understand that Rabbi Rabinowitz’s view is completely contrary to the historical understanding of Jewish law and has never been followed.  No slaughterhouse that follows Jewish law actually conducts itself in accordance with his view and he supervises the production of no kosher meat in America or anywhere else in the world.  One cannot purchase kosher meat that has been stunned prior to slaughter anywhere, exactly because Jewish law does not recognize such meat as kosher.

Furthermore, Rabbi Rabinowitz is not an Orthodox rabbi, and in Holland – or any other European country – he would not be recognized as part of the official rabbinate (which is traditional and Orthodox).  To rely on his understanding of Jewish law so as to direct that the Jewish community only slaughter after stunning is to deprive the Jewish community of the right to have kosher slaughter.

Michael J. Broyde

Rabbi Professor Michael J. Broyde is a law professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, was the founding rabbi of a synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia and is a member and judge in the Beth Din of America, the largest rabbinical court in the United States.  He is the author of five books on Jewish law, and more than seventy articles.  His resume can be found at   http://www.law.emory.edu/fileadmin/faculty_documents/cv/BroydeCV.pdf.

His faculty profile at Emory states as follows:
Michael J. Broyde is professor of law at Emory Law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, and comparative religious law. Besides Jewish law and family law, Professor Broyde has taught Federal Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Secured Credit and Bankruptcy. He received a juris doctor from New York University and published a note on the law review. He also clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 
Professor Broyde is ordained (yoreh yoreh ve-yadin yadin) as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America. He was the director of that court during the 1997-1998 academic year, while on leave from Emory. Outside of Emory, Professor Broyde is the founding rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta, a founder of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study program and a board member of many organizations in Atlanta.

Professor Broyde has published more than 75 articles and book chapters on various aspects of law and religion and Jewish law, including “A Jewish Law View of World Law,” Emory Law Journal 54: 79-93 (spec. ed., 2005), about how Jewish law might classify international law, and a series of vigorous exchanges in several publications on military ethics in Jewish law. He also has published a number of articles in the area of federal courts, including an article in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy on the impeachment process.

Professor Broyde has authored and edited several volumes: Human Rights in Judaism (Jason Aronson, 1997) (with John Witte Jr.), Marriage, Divorce and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law: A Conceptual Understanding of the Agunah Problems in America (Ktav, 2001) and Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) (with Michael Ausubel). A second, revised edition of his first book, The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law (Yeshiva University Press, 1996), was published by Yashar Books in 2007.

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