FORWARD EDITORIAL: Five years ago, Magen Tzedek was launched as an ambitious ethical certification program for kosher food. Why are we still waiting to see any tangible results?
Four years after the Magen Tzedek ethical kosher certification scheme was launched, not one product bears its seal. Has Orthodox opposition killed the project?
Magen Tzedek was set up four years ago in the wake of the Agriprocessors scandal, but it has yet to certify a single company as meeting its high ethical standards for producing kosher food.
This week, staffers discuss Monica Lewinsky’s memoir, Netanyahu’s bizarre ‘bomb’ moment at the UN and why an ethical kosher food certification hasn’t come to fruition.
During the month of High Holidays, I rediscovered my Jewish conscience. Not in a big, showy way, but in an ”oh this is what this is all about moment.” I was raised on a sort of ‘hallmark Judaism’, which tamed the most radical statements of equality and justice in our tradition. In my suburban synagogue, “justice, justice, you shall pursue,” became “be nice and stand up for your friends.” But that’s definitely not all that it means; it’s a much bigger call to action. It’s a challenge, an order, and the unrelenting, unapologetic demand that we must make this world better for others.
The Jewish Week shares the story behind a kosher vegetarian bacon salt.
What goes into making food kosher?
The Conservative movement’s Hekhsher Tzedek Commission has released its newly designed logo for their proposed “Justice Certification” seal that they are proposing to affix to kosher foods that meet certain labor, environmental, and corporate standards. While the merits of the new logo (which, to this reporter, is a bit migraine-inducing) are up for debate, the real significance in the move may be in the new name being assigned to the stamp: Magen Tzedek, or “Shield of Justice.”