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Group of 10 rabbinical letters to Sinai Kosher in Chicago, 1940's

קבוצה של 10 מכתבי רבנים לסיני כשר בשיקגו

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  • Lot Number 53515
  • Title (English) Group of 10 rabbinical letters to Sinai Kosher in Chicago
  • Title (Hebrew) קבוצה של 10 מכתבי רבנים לסיני כשר בשיקגו
  • Publication Date 1940's
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2408534
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Physical Description

Ink on stationary, light age staining, signed and dated


Detail Description

Letters to the Sinai Kosher Sausage Company in Chicago regarding the gift of smoked kosher salami.

1. Rabbi Solomon Krevsky, Allentown Pennsylvania, dated 1941

2. Rabbi S. Sachs, Cleveland, Ohio, dated 1941

3. Rabbi M. Schwartz, Cleveland, Ohio, dated 1941

4. Rabbi Leopold Greenwald, Columbus, Ohio, dated 1940

5. Rabbi A. S. Borvich, Dorchester, Massachusetts, dated 1941

6. Rabbi J. B. Fain, Portland, Oregon, dated 1942

7. Rabbi B. Seltzer, Dorchester, Massachusetts, dated 1941 - complaining that he did not receive a salami this year!

8. Rabbi J. Bauman, Los Angeles, Californa, dated 1941

9. Rabbi J. Abramowitz, Dallas, Texas, dated 1942

10 Rabbi Samuel Yalow, Syracuse, New York, dated 1942


Kosher meat production in the USA was highly controversial in the 20th century. Chicago as the center of the USA and home to many meat packing companies was also home to kosher, non-kosher, and pseudo-kosher packing houses. The status of kosher meat was so poor that the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada also known as the Agudath Harabonim ("union of rabbis") was forced to issue proclamations prohibiting their member rabbis from issuing kosher certificated to such companies. Some companies advertised kosher meat products in Yiddish newspapers while simultaneously selling pork and other non-kosher products (see previous lot). Sinai had a number of rabbinical supervisors on a steady basis and their meat was believed to be kosher. The company would mail rabbis around the country a sausage and expect a letter in return thanking them for the gift. These letters were also used as proof of the company's status in the kosher meat business.


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