The recent revolution in American dietary habits has brought sophisticated food technology into our kitchens, and with it, a host of chemical additives that could render even the simplest food product non-kosher. This fact has led to the burgeoning of kashrus certification organizations that together have put the kosher stamp on approximately one-third of all supermarket products, reflecting annual sales of close to $30 billion! Still, the kosher consumer is left with questions and a confusing array of kashrus symbols employed by the the various certifying organizations. What do these symbols represent? Does every product require certification to be considered suitable? Does the certifying group apply kashrus standards that match our own? In this comprehensive volume, Rabbi Eidlitz, a noted authority on kashrus, identifies many of the reliable certifiers and presents a wealth of guidelines, directives and essential information for the kosher consumer, as well as the detailed laws of kashrus and explanatory lists of synthetic ingredients and food additives. Is It Kosher? is a vital reference work for every Jewish home. Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, a former student in the Ponevez yeshiva in Bnei Brak who received his ordination from Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman stz"l at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, is currently Director of Development at Emek Hebrew Academy in North Hollywood, California and Rabbinic Administrator of the Kosher Information Bureau.
An essential work for every Jewish home! Proclaimed as the "Encyclopedia of Kosher Foods, Facts, and Fallacies," this handy volume will fill you in on everything you need to know about the kosher food industry. Includes a list of reliable hashgachos (kashrus symbols), background on how kashrus organizations operate, lists of kosher fish, and little-known facts that will open your eyes to things you never knew before. Also features a section on Passover products. A completely revised and updated edition.
by Rabbi E. Eidlitz