Dining Out – Eating Kosher

The following is a translation of a document prepared by the Kosharot Organization headed by Rabbi Elyakim Levanon Shlita. Rabbi Levanon is the Rav of Elon Moreh in Shomron and the Chief Rabbi of the Shomron Regional Council. He is a senior posek in the dati leumi community.

I would like to use this forum to add that in my dealings with Kosharot, I found the organization to be transparent, upright and simply reliable in every aspect of kashrus. The rav/posek, Rabbi Moshe Katz, is a sought-after lecturer on kashrus around Eretz Yisrael and the organization continues working to educate the public as well as providing kosher supervision for events at a minimal cost to ensure one’s simcha is what one expects it to be.

NOTE: When I refer to the Halachic text in the translated document, I write “Shulchan Aruch”. When referring to the piskei Halacha of Maran, who is referred to as “Shulchan Aruch” by Kosharot, I will write “Beis Yosef” to avoid confusion.

I will also add that if one eats in a restaurant with a reliable hashgacha, many of the issues discussed in the report are covered by the hashgacha. This document is intended to empower readers as what to look for and to provide a better understanding to what some of the concerns should be when eating out.

Below please find both documents in PDF format, the original Kosharot report (Hebrew) and the English translation.

Eating out – Kosharot – Feb. 11, 2014                                                               לאכול בחוץ לאכול כשר



  • Man
    February 17, 2014 - 04:25 | Permalink

    Excellent article. I wish frum publications in America would warn their readers that the mentality of “it’s Israel and it’s in Hebrew so it’s kosher” is so far from the truth.
    It would be a big service if they reprinted the article.

  • TG
    February 19, 2014 - 13:36 | Permalink

    kosharot is a great resource for the dati-leumi community, promoting awareness among israelis that not everything that says kosher is something you’d call kosher (no, definitely not just americans fall for that). however, i find them not to be as knowledgeable of metziyus as some of the more charedi organizations (like the eida chareidit), and i’ve found they make assumptions about who or what is reliable. still better than the alternative.

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