Multiplicity of Kashrut Certification – This study examines the phenomenon of multiple kashrut certifications in the local food products market. The study aims to assess the extent of this phenomenon and to draw conclusions from the findings as to the relevance of Chief Rabbinate kashrut certification for the food manufacturers. The study’s findings clearly indicate the Israeli food manufacturers’ ready willingness to acquire private kashrut certifications in addition to that of the Chief Rabbinate mandated by law, this despite the high extra costs involved. The study also found that in many cases, the Chief Rabbinate’s function in this field was deemed ineffective or one that lacked any added value from a kashrut perspective.
One of the greatest challenges in Israel is that of religion and state. As a Jewish State founded on democratic principles, personal status and life events such as marriage, divorce, conversion, burial etc., often become ensnared between the two ideals. The IZS sees the balance between Israel’s Jewish character and the liberty of the individual as the Golden Mean. It is from this perspective that we have conducted our research and advise Knesset and other committees and panels that address these issues. Staff members research position papers and draft proposals for new laws to ensure effective delivery of religious services to all citizens who seek them.