October 20, 2013
Of Course Vegan
An orthodox Rabbi has lashed out at the use of fur for traditional head wear in
the faith at an animal rights conference in Israel that was attended by top
religious figures from across the world. Rabbi Pappenheim urged Hasidic Jews to
stop wearing fur as part of the traditional shtreimel hats worn by Jewish men of
The hats are worn on Shabbat and other special holidays.
According to Rabbi appenheim, wearing real fur shtreimels, each of which may be
made of up to 30 sables, minks, martens, or foxes, violates the Jewish law of
tza'ar ba'alei chayim, which prohibits causing animals unnecessary pain. He even
went so far as to say that flaunting real fur hats amounts to Chilul Hashem, or
desecration of God's name, since the cruelty of the
industry is so widely known.
"[W]e must stop this custom of hurting animals," he said. "We should get to a
point where people would be ashamed to wear anything but a synthetic shtreimel."
Animal rights activists in Israel have repeatedly called for a blanket ban on
the use of real fur in the hats, but have been rebuked by Jewish leaders who
claim tradition and history. But with the defection of Pappenheim to the animal
welfare side, it could be a watershed moment for animal rights activists in
Israel, who hope to end the killing of animals for religious purposes.
Among the leading figures to urge for an end to real fur is Jewish reggae singer
Matisyahu, who has also spoken out against fur and even believes it should
be banned in Israel.
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