The Iowa Issue
Except for one point, I do not care to enter the thicket arising from the Rubashkin slaughter house situation, the reason being that I am not qualified to discuss halachic matters. The exception is the question of whether we need to respond to every criticism of slaughter house procedures by invoking the twin spectres of anti-Semitism and anti-schechita. All human activity is clearly subject to error and it already appears from the reaction of the Orthodox Union and the Rubashkins that certain of the procedures used in Iowa are not necessary to protect the integrity of schechita. Put otherwise, mistakes – and they may have been serious – were made.