The image you see displayed on the right is the logo of the South African Beth Din. It is a special certification logo that can be found on the packages of a widespread number of food products in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Beth din is one of the many Kosher supervision agencies in the world, who go by various names, and who ensure compliance with the required Jewish standards for food manufacturing and related processes (also known as Hechsher). In South Africa the final certificate (known as a Kashrut Certificate) is issued by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues.
The best known hechsher symbol in the world is the "OU" symbol of the Orthodox Union based in New York City in the United States, but there are many others all over the world who employ hundreds of rabbis as mashgichim (supervisors). Each Kosher supervision agency uses a different logo. The image on the right displays a few more examples >>
In most cases these so-called certification stamps are either very small or faintly printed, but if you examine the Beth Din logo closely you will notice the word “PAREV” printed below the logo. This is a Yiddish word (פאַרעוו), meaning neutral. It is also written as Parve or Pareve – Source.
CATEGORIES OF KOSHER FOOD
The three categories of Kosher food are Meat, Dairy and Parev (or Parve).
(Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law framework. These rules form the main aspect of kashrut, Jewish dietary laws.) Source
The following is a very basic overview of each category:
- Meat (Fleishik) - For an animal to be Kosher, it must have split hooves and chew its cud. (Examples: cow, goat, lamb.) Non-Kosher animals include pig, horse, camel and rabbit. Kosher fowl include chicken, turkey, goose, and certain duck. Animals and fowl must be slaughtered by a specialist, called a shochet, and then soaked and salted in accordance with Jewish law. All carnivorous (meat-eating) animals and fowl, and the blood of all animals and fowl, and any derivatives or products thereof, are not Kosher.
- Dairy (Milchik) - Milk and milk products (cheese, cream, butter, etc.) of a Kosher animal are Kosher-Dairy. These may not be eaten in combination with meat or fowl.
- Parve (Neutral) - Foods which contain neither meat nor dairy ingredients are called "Parve." All fruits, grains and vegetables in their natural state are Kosher and Parve. Fish which have fins and scales are Kosher and Parve. Some examples are salmon, halibut and carp. Not Kosher fish species include sturgeon, catfish and swordfish. All shellfish, eel, sharks, underwater mammals, and reptiles are not Kosher. A Parve item can become either dairy or meat when it is cooked together with food in either category. (Example: fish fried in butter is considered dairy, not Parve.)
INSPIRATION FOR THIS POSTING
The inspiration for submitting this article came about while I was discussing the recent sudden increase in food prices with a few Christian friends. In some supermarkets the prices of well-known brands had almost doubled in less than a year!
One indidual remarked that food prices always seemed to rise when the petrol price increased, but when the petrol price decreased some food prices remained the same, while others continued to rise. Another person casually remarked that maybe Kosher-Tax was responsible for the high prices. I must admit that I, and a number of other Christians in the room, were totally naïve when it came to modern-day “Kosher” matters.
I decided to enlighten myself on the subject at the first available opportunity. It didn’t take too long to realize that there was a mountain of information available on this topic, and that our brothers and sister living in the United States were quite upset about this Kosher-business. It also seems that the majority of Christians in the US consider the business to be a huge money-racket scam. (You can do your own research by simply typing the words “Kosher Scam” in google.)
For the first time in my life I decided to examine the labels on all the food products stored in my kitchen cabinet and in my fridge. To my amazement I found that about 90 percent of the foodstuff in my home either had a Kosher or a Halaal stamp on them. On some products one had to look really hard to find the little stamp, almost as if they were trying to hide the logo! What I could not understand however, was why certain products, which naturally (and logically) cannot contain any meat or dairy ingredients, such as 100% pure honey, or cinnamon and numerous other spices, also displayed the Kosher (Parev) logo!?!
Furthermore, when I discovered that Kashrut Certificates were also being issued by the Johannesburg Beth Din rabbis for popular household detergents, such as Nufloor, Polycide, Spraybrite, Supakleen, etc, I was totally convinced that this whole affair was a rather shady business. Click here to see for yourself – (Take note: the 2 page document is in pdf format – 1,624 KB)
KOSHER AND HALAAL CERTIFICATION ARE SCAMS!
After digging a little deeper into how the Kosher and Halaal certification processes actually work and how much money is actually involved in this business, I finally came to the conclusion that it was all a BIG SCAM, and that millions of people worldwide are being swindled by a multi-billion dollar rip-off!
In South Africa there is a deafening silence regarding this issue, because Christians are too afraid to step on other people’s toes for fear of being labelled as “anti-Semitic” or “racist”. In fact, we have become so used to being trampled upon, brainwashed, and swindled, that we’ve lost the spirit to fight for our rights and our beliefs!
South African certification bodies involved in this business usually market their services by providing so-called proof that certification will guarantee higher sales. When you read between the lines and all the small-print then it becomes quite obvious that the whole business is a major moneymaking racket, and that Jewish or Islamic dietary laws are last on their list of priorities!
The South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) actually employs outrageous scare-tactics to convince people that there is a need for Halaal certification.
This is what they publish, among other nonsense, on their website:
Are you sure that;
- The red colouring in your ice lolly is not the one derived from crushed insect?
- The flour improver in your loaf of bread is not made from human hair?
Click here to view more.
The point is…
Any food-processing company who goes through the procedures of Kosher or Halaal certification will be required to pay a fixed monthly or annual fee to a group of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis (in the case with Kosher), or to an Islamic (Halaal) Inspection Body (in the case with Halaal.) At the end of the day it is the uninformed consumer who pays for these additional overheads!
As I’ve mentioned before in previous postings, it is pointless that I provide all the details of the how, why, and what, as readers can investigate these matters in their own time and pace, and decide for themselves if this business is a scam, or not.
The point that I’m trying to make here is twofold:
Firstly, we Christians are extremely naïve and ill-informed when it comes to these matters. We are also way too tolerant and way too charitable towards non-Christian organizations.
Secondly, it is the International Judaic (a small group of super-wealthy elite organizers) who are behind the Kosher and Halaal scams, - worldwide! These are the vipers Jesus Christ and his group of faithful disciples persistently warned us about, more than 2000 years ago! Should we then not start taking heed of these warnings?
Why should South African Christians sponsor the growth and development of non-Christian religions such as Judaism and Islam, when close to 80 percent of the population are Christian? Surely our Christian upbringing, our Bibles, and our logical, sound and sober common sense is all we need to decide what is right and what is wrong, and what we can eat and what we cannot?
Is it not time that we start supporting the fresh market produce of our own brothers and sisters (Boere Marke), and also check the labels of canned and packaged foodstuffs before placing them in our shopping trolleys?
Take note: All packaged sliced bread on the supermarket shelves also have the Beth Din (Parev) logo. Most popular fat spreads (margarines) have both the Halaal and Beth Din (Parev) labels on them. Most of us use these products everyday because they are convenient, but is it not convenience that often leads us into temptation?
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
(Matthew 6:13 – KJV)
(Matthew 6:13 – KJV)
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING:
With controversial matters such as these, the Bible (preferably the 1611 King James Version) is always the best source for further study.
The following New Testament Bible passages deal with food and eating habits.
- Acts 10:9-29
- Hebrews 9:8-14
- Hebrews 13:7-15
- 1 Timothy 4:1-5
- 1 Corinthians 8:4-13
- Colossians 2:16-23
Readers may also be interested in a new book, written by a South African, Paul Caplan. The book is directly related to this subject. Click here to view descriptions, reviews, and also my personal comments about this book.