As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2r1Pawi), Yoilish Krauss was sentenced to prison one year ago for failing to pay taxes on a slaughterhouse in Meah Shearim. At the time of his conviction, Krauss said that the authorities had gone after him because he is a member of the Chareidi community.
Krauss told Israeli news site Kikar HaShabat (http://bit.ly/2q2xPoc) that his Meah Shearim slaughterhouse was continuing in a 100 year old tradition of providing kosher chicken under the strictest rabbinical supervision even to those who had no money. Repeated attempts to make his slaughterhouse compliant with Israeli law were unsuccessful, said Kraus, but he continued his operations hoping for the best.
“If I have to be jailed for something I am glad this it was for something that is a good deed and not, G-d forbid, on something else, like the things we hear about in the news,” said Kraus.
Krauss, who lives a life of poverty in a two room apartment, was also fined 250,000 NIS by the Israeli courts. Friends have already begun a public campaign to raise the funds he is required to pay.
Krauss, who only eats food that was cooked in his own home, told B’Chadrei Charedim (http://bit.ly/2pwzn6H) that he intends to subsist on a meager diet during his incarceration.
“They promised me that instead of bread they will provide me with matza and they will bring me vegetables that I can take maaser from myself,” said Krauss. “And if they don’t bring me vegetables I will only eat matza.”
Krauss said he hopes to divide his time over the next five months equally between learning Torah and writing a sefer of his own.