Meant to reflect Jewish values, Kosher food is often unethical - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News: "As Orthodox Jewish social justice leaders, we at the group Uri L’Tzedek (Awaken to Justice) sought to create a system for protecting those with the least among us. Exactly one year after the startling exposure at Agriprocessors, Uri L’Tzedek launched the Tav HaYosher, an ethical seal for kosher restaurants. To receive the Tav seal, kosher restaurants and caterers must meet guidelines for fair pay and worker safety based on city, state, and federal law. Compliance officers conduct periodic inspections, and employees can report violations on an anonymous tip line.
This program relies on the carrot rather than the stick. Restaurant owners who have been given the Tav have gained significant business from free advertising, and many people will only buy kosher food with this ethical certification. As a result, the Tav seal is an incentive for restaurant owners to voluntarily uphold the rights of workers."
Preached about this four years ago when everything first went down with Rubashkins. I still keep Kosher but try to get from local Va'ad sources as much as possible. The more programs like Tav HaYosher and Heksher Tzedek can get support, the more our Jewish values are lived meaningfully...Mitzvah goreret mitzvah!
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