Members of the Eida Charedis’ Vaad Shechita, prominent rabbonim and kashrus experts gathered in the home of Eida Chareidis Ravaad HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita to determine if a new chicken, imported from Europe, has a kosher status. The discussion lasted for four hours!

The new bird is called (בראקל) Braekel, and according to HaGaon HaRav Sternbuch, the bird is not kosher. However, in Bnei Brak, HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz Shlita has ruled it is kosher.

The chicken was raised in Europe in an area void of Jews and Rav Sternbuch feels it lacks the ‘mesora’ required.

Photo: The meeting in the home of Rav Sternbuch.

Following is a link to a Wikipedia article on the braekel, citing it was not cultivated for its meat, but merely for its egg-laying properties.