NEW YORK: Beef Strike

As even moderately well-informed vegetarians know, the price of beef is currently sky-high (TIME, Oct. 4). Higher still—by about 1¢ per Ib.—is kosher beef, which must be butchered sacrificially, handled ceremoniously. Last fortnight 5,000 New York City kosher butchers—who for months have had the unpleasant job of asking Jewish housewives to pay $1.35 for cuts which last year cost $1 — shut up shop, noisily announced they would not reopen until meat prices were down.

Picket lines of portly butchers were promptly swung around kosher shops which refused to close, bringing on...

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