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Upright restraint may provide the additional advantage of improved bleed out because the animal remains calmer and more relaxed. Observations indicate that a relaxed, calm animal has improved bleedout and a rapid onset of unconsciousness. Excited animals are more likely to have a slower bleedout. The use of a comfortable upright restraint device would be advantageous from a religious standpoint because rapid bleedout and maximum loss of blood obeys the Biblical principle of 'Only be sure that you eat not of the blood: for the blood is life.' Devarim: 12:23)."

Another interesting point in her article is the comparison of Jewish slaughter to Arab. She says that the Arabs use a short knife which causes definite distress and struggling in cattle. Also, she points out that the Arabs stun the animal before they slaughter it. Perhaps they do this because of the cattle's tendency to struggle in this method.

She told me that it is against the law in England and Holland to turn an animal upside down when shechting. This may shed some light on why some Europeans are against shechita. It could be straightforward anti‑semitism, or, it could be that they witnessed what Dr. Grandin witnessed years ago in Iowa. She told me that Argentina and Uruguay are the worst places for shechita.

It is obvious why the Rabbayim are listening to her: It makes halachic sense. And it makes financial sense as well. Her restraint system is a quicker and quieter way to do business and safer for the cattle and their handlers.

The other point of interest to Torah‑observant Jews is how this woman, who says that she is completely logical and totally unemotional, came to believe that there is a G‑d.

Caring for and relating to a person with autism can be extremely difficult for parents, teachers, siblings and others because autistic individuals appear as if they have no feelings, desires for love, friendship, kinship, or any kind of human relationship. The behavior of autistic persons leads others to perceive them as unemotional and detached, although they do want human interaction. Their social relationships are therefore very different from those of normal persons.

If one cannot have a relationship with another, how can one hope to have a relationship with G‑d, or even come to believe that there is such a thing?

Temple wrote in her diary when she was in college in 1968: "I develop my views from the existing pool of knowledge and I will adapt my views when I learn more. The only permanent view that I have is that there is a G‑d. My views are based on the basic fundamental laws of nature and physics that I am now aware of."

She learned later about "Chaos Theory," and how order comes from disorder and randomness. She brings examples such as how snowflake patterns are ordered symmetrical patterns that form in random air turbulence and how slight changes in that turbulence affect the patterns.

"It is unpredictable," she said, but it is a wondrous fact that out of this unpredictable, disorder, a determined, beautiful pattern must emerge. She saw this also in a research study done at the University of California where the researchers put atoms on a heated platinum surface causing them to form ordered patterns. The temperatures of the platinum determined the type of patterns showing beautifully how order comes from random changes in the elements. She explains that the universe is full of self‑ordering systems. She also has a rather ingenious notion of what causes all this.

She explains that one of her teachers taught about the second law of thermodynamics, a law of physics that says that universe will gradually lose order and have increasing "entropy." Entropy is the increase of disorder in a closed thermodynamic system. Her former instructor terms our universe a closed thermodynamic system.

She explains how she envisioned this as she is always, "thinking in pictures." There are two rooms. One is very cold and one is very hot. If you open a window between them, eventually the two temperatures will even out destroying what was in each room. However, if a little man operated the window so that cold atoms could go into one room and not into the other, order would be restored. She called this ordering force that prevents entropy in a closed thermodynamic system: G‑d.

It is interesting that all of her beliefs about religion started as she began to work in the slaughter business. She felt that there must be something sacred about dying. She wrote in her book, "I believe that the place where an animal dies is a sacred one. There is a need to bring ritual into the conventional slaughter plants and use it as a means to shape people's behavior. It would help prevent people from becoming numbed, callous, or cruel." She observed while working with Rabbayim doing schechita that, "It is the religious belief of the Rabbis in the kosher plants that helps prevent bad behavior. In most kosher slaughter plants, the rabbis are absolutely sincere and believe that their work is sacred. The rabbi in a kosher plant is a specially trained religious slaughterer called a schochet, who must lead a blameless life and be moral. Leading a blameless life prevents him from being degraded by his work." One should remember that the book I quote from is written by a gentile for a gentile audience and is about her life with autism. It makes her observations all the more striking.

I will end with a quote of hers that she often thinks while helping to slaughter cattle. We all know that when we had the Bais HaMikdash, that we were to consider the animals we brought for a koporrah as representing ourselves. She has similar thoughts. She called the ramp she made for cattle to more easily ascend into the slaughter hold, "The Stairway to Heaven." Here is what she says:

"One night when the crew was working late, I stood on the nearly completed structure and looked into what would become the entrance to heaven for cattle. This made me more aware of how precious life is. When your time comes and you are walking up the proverbial stairway, will you be able to look back and be proud of what you did with your life? Did you contribute something worthwhile to society? Did your life have meaning?





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