The Jewish Dog and 'Shehitah'
Karel Appel, 'Femmes, enfants, animaux,' 1951: oil on jute, 170 x 280 cm © Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst Amstelveen


Tranquillo Corcos

How to Cite

Stow, K. (2018). The Jewish Dog and ’Shehitah’. Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, (5), 175–193.
Received 2017-11-08
Accepted 2019-01-28
Published 2018-12-29


The essential clash between Judaism and Christianity, especially Catholic Christianity, has been over purity and contamination, in particular, by touch. The anxiety is biblically derived. It pertains especially to consuming meat and is amplified by the biophilic 'affiliation' of humans with animals. The current debate over kosher and halal slaughtering carries over these anxieties. That debate is exemplified in the article by the prohibition of Christian butchers purchasing and selling non-kosher quarters of meat in the early eighteenth century Roman Ghetto and the fight against this prohibition waged by Rabbi Tranquillo Corcos.

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