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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kosher Competition

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The Jerusalem Post has an interesting story about the cartel over Kosher certification. It reports:

Greed, profiteering and fraud are no strangers to the kosher supervision business. While keeping kosher might be a mitzva, setting up the apparatus to provide consumers and restaurant-goers with food that meets Orthodox standards is generally driven by a desire to make money. As in any business, there are straight and crooked characters.

In what appears to be a sincere effort to improve the way the supervision is performed, a group of Jerusalemites – restaurateurs, rabbis and activists – have banded together to break the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over it. Restaurants that serve a religious clientele – but are not certified by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel – are independently keeping kosher.

The story goes on to mention that competition and the break up of the monopoly is the solution. I agree.

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