SWITZERLAND MOVES AGAINST KOSHER CHICKEN
Manna from heaven? Close, but that's not so good. (Updated 8/1/2013)
There are Jews here, the outrageously expensive city of Geneva is beautiful, but the laws governing Switzerland are decidedly Anti-Semitic. We spent two months summer in Geneva while our son, David, worked on the Trigger of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (see photos here). There is one large grocery story (Manor at Rue de Cornavin 6) that sells some frozen kosher foods from France, but to buy fresh kosher chicken or meat we had to leave Switzerland and travel to Espace Casher in Gaillard, France because Switzerland has outlawed the kosher slaughtering of chickens. On the matrix below the axis term is SWITZERLAND. At the same skip is JEWISH or JEW. Also at the same skip, but opposite direction is KOSHER. On the top line is IN THE LAND OF YOUR ENEMIES and an ELS of FOOD. Also in the open text is WILL HATE US. I have been around the world twice before. I have been to several counties where there is no kosher food, mostly because there are no kosher Jews there to buy it. But this is the only country that I have ever seen that went out of its way to make my food illegal. Our family attended two synagogues while there:
11 Place de la Synagogue,
Habad Center of Geneve
12 Avenue Weber,
Both required extensive (10-minute) security checks by the Jewish Defense League before we were admitted due to terrorist threats leading up to the Moslem month of Ramadan. After we were admitted we found the congregations to be friendly and we were invited into homes to eat.
MANNA FROM HEAVEN? Last Saturday, the day after we arrived in Geneva, all Orthodox synagogues in the world read the story of the many Jews temporarily rejectioning Manna from heaven (Numbers 11:1-34). While it tasted fine to start out, we got tired of eating the same thing day after day for almost 40 years. At first, here in Geneva, all we could find kosher was schnitzel. I could eat it almost every day and be fine, but my son, who liked it at first, complained about eating only it by the third day. One of the miracles of Torah is not just the fact that so much is encoded, but the fact that its stories are still relevant to events in our lives with emphasis it seems on events that occur in the same week as what is read in synagogues that week. And thus it is that, despite the lack of abundant food that is kosher in places that we visit, I find this religion to be so very meaningful. Perhaps the Swiss haven't yet figured it out, but I know that many Christian Americans have, and I'm grateful for their friendship.
KOSHER SURVIVAL IN SWITZERLAND. My real estate agent, Francois Ticon, was kind enough to provide the following link to places in Switzerland where some kosher food can be found: http://www.swissjews.ch/en/metanavigation/juedisches_leben/koscher_in_der_schweiz/index.php
Most of the above sites are not in Geneva. Probably the best in town is the Manor Grand Magasin. It's likely that the bulk of restaurants are extremely expensive. At least one store checked at 35 Rue de Terrasiere in Geneva had little more than a few bottles of gefilte fish (which is not liked by my wife or son), although a friendly Chabadnick Jew walked many blocks out of his to to show us the shop and invite our family into his home for a Sabbath dinner. He also told us where to go in France to find fresh chicken so we can not only enjoy our own meals, but also invite my son's CERN research associates over to our temporary home for dinner.
STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MATRIX. As per my standard protocol, no statistical significance is attached to the axis term, here SWITZERLAND at its 30th lowest skip. Three key a-priori terms were JEW, KOSHER, AND IN THE LAND OF YOUR ENEMIES with the later term chosen because only an enemy of the Jews would attempt to place more value on how a chicken is killed than on feeding a human (Jewish) population. No statistical significance was assigned to WILL HATE US because it was only noticed a-posteriori. After downgrading the combined significance by a factor of 30 due to ELS rank 30 of the axis term, the matrix is found to exist against odds of about 8,201 to 1.