Sephardic Chief Rabbi’s Conditions to Negotiating Kashrus Reform Rejected

Representatives of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel seen holding a kosher certificate. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana (Yamina) formally rejected Sephardic Chief Rabbi Harav Yitzchak Yosef’s conditions to negotiating the kashrus reform.

The Chief Rabbinate and the chareidi parties have strongly opposed the reforms, which are designed to wrest control of kashrus supervision from the Rabbinate and authorize private groups to certify restaurants and food factories, which they warn would drastically undermine the regular kashrus standards.

This was refuted by Kahana: “The program greatly strengthens the Rabbinate and gives it powers and tools it does not have today.”