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Watching ritual slaughter generates strong emotions

Web video extra: Kosher slaughtering of cow (shechita/shechting)

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I was torn between my professional responsibility to attend the most experiential learning moment of the this year's Hazon conference and my personal squeamishness. Certainly, it was noble that Hazon, a nonprofit dedicated to Jewish environmentalism and food sustainability, wanted to connect participants at their recent conference in Falls Village, Conn., to the food they eat and in doing so, to halachically slaughter organically, pasture-raised goats to feed the participants. But would I be able to watch the killing of not one but three goats?

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