Are turkeys kosher?

Ydfrankel@aol.com
Fri, 4 Jul 1997 13:10:38 -0400 (EDT)

In Torah Forum 3:46 Eli Turkel writes:
<< More fundamentally, it is not that simple. Ashkenazi Jewry does not eat
grasshoppers that Yemenite Jewry considers kosher. Though they can rely on
their traditions others cannot >>

I do not believe that this is correct. If a "kosher" aid echad (legally
acceptable witness) sfaradi (from [Spanish or] middle eastern descent)
informs me that he or she knows that this locust or grasshopper is kosher I
have every right to accept that testimony according to Jewish law. Once I
am taught to discern the kosher species I, now, have every right to go and
teach it to others. I do not believe that there is any disagreement on this
fact.

This is very different from the turkey which everyone agrees is indigenous
to the Americas.

Sincerely,
Yitzchok D. Frankel
Long Beach, NY