The word “kosher,” as it is used today regarding food, is totally absent from the Torah. The Rabbis who crafted a new religiosity in the aftermath of the Jerusalem Temple’s destruction employed the term hundreds of times – but not just about food. Theirs was a religious community dedicated to transforming the entire world into God’s sanctuary.
Laws were proposed dealing with business practices, employee relations, environmentalism, health and safety concerns, animal welfare, waste disposal, modesty, honesty, charity, and food consumption. In all of these domains, and more, Jewish practices had to be kosher, i.e., proper. In modern times, koshering agencies have uprooted the word “kosher” from its native context and applied it exclusively to food. Today, “kosher” regrettably refers only to ingredients and how an animal was slaughtered. Designating food as kosher predicated exclusively on the ingredients or the moment of an animal’s death, while ignoring how the animal lived and how the employees involved in the process are treated, is nothing short of a desecration.
Kosher 2.0 restores a traditional, holistic conception of kashrut by incorporating all the elements mentioned above. To designate a product or service as kosher demands the dignified treatment of the animals and human beings involved in the manufacturing process. It also demands considering the impact of that product or service on the community. How could kosher mean anything less? Kosher 2.0 reunites and promotes principles of ancient Jewish wisdom and applies them to our modern market place.
Kosher 2.0 proudly supervises Jewish Family Service of San Diego which serve 35,000 meals annually.