Keeping kosher: it may be bad for your economic health

Behind Israel’s food and tourism industries thrives a parallel economy run by rabbis and a legion of inspectors whose business it is to make sure everything is kosher.

Since most Israelis prefer knowing their food is prepared according to Jewish custom, hotels, restaurants and manufacturers have little choice but to go along with the arrangement – adjusting their kitchens, modifying ingredients, and paying a fee to get a must-have kosher certificate.


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