By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010
New Zealand has temporarily lifted its ban on the kosher slaughter of animals.
Members of the Jewish community have filed a lawsuit against the agriculture minister challenging the Shechita ban, which was brought in at the end of May 2010 to the outrage of Jewish citizens.
The case is expected to be heard in 2011, but until then the practice will not be prohibited.
New Zealand Jewish Council chairman Geoff Levy said the interim decision was positive and added: "Every effort is being made to get chicken and local lamb back on the table as soon as possible".