Attorney General Eliyahu Weinstein has submitted his opinion to the Supreme Court pertaining to the state kashrus law. Weinstein reiterated his opinion, that a restaurant has the right to advertise as ‘kosher’ even if it does not have hashgacha from the local rabbinate. Weinstein’s position is in contradiction to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and current efforts by Shas and Yahadut Hatorah to advance a more stringent kashrus law, that will compel restaurants and others to have a local rabbinate hashgacha before it can advertise as ‘kosher’.
On Sunday 3 Menachem Av, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the petition from eateries seeking to challenge the old system by advertising as kosher without having hashgacha from the local rabbinate. Weinstein backs their position.
Weinstein’s position is also likely to result in fines for violations of the kosher law will be dismissed if accepted by the Supreme Court. In addition, if the court accepts the position of the petitioners, it will end the Chief Rabbinate’s control of state kashrus and open the door to any rabbi or agency to certify a business as kosher, compelling consumers to decide if a particular hashgacha is suitable.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)