A Kashrut Crisis: Can Kosher Still Be Treif?

When asked at the supermarket checkout if 'kosher is about killing animals humanely,’ I choked. With alleged animal abuse at Tnuva, Soglowek and Agriprocessors, I couldn’t simply say, 'Yes.’

A few weeks ago, while performing a very important spiritual ritual in preparation for Shabbat (going food shopping) I had a bit of a rabbinic crisis. I had picked up a fresh, 15-pound Empire Kosher turkey for our Shabbat meal (or more precisely, my Shabbat meal; my wife is a vegetarian) and I was standing in the checkout line.  The gentleman behind the counter was nonchalantly ringing up my food when he...