Last night I went to a great lecture at the OU (Orthodox Union / Israel Center) here in Jerusalem. Rabbi Tzvi Liker (a highly respected Kashrut consultant) was talking about Kosher Certificates in Israel. He also pointed out the differences between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Kashrut.
Kashrut in Israel is a rather complex subject and, apparently differs a lot from Kashrut in the US or elsewhere. One of the reasons may be that the Israeli Chief Rabbinate is a state – owned institution. At the same time you find a lot of different Badatzim (Batei Din Zedek) such as the Edah HaCharedit, Chabad, Belz, Toldot Aharon or Satmar. In addition to that there is the Sephardi Badatz called BEIT YOSEF. By the way, Beit Yosef is not named after Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef z”l but after Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the Shulchan Aruch.
Although Sephardi Jewry follows a different custom of Shechitah (ritual slaughtering) I do eat their meat. A Belzer Mashgiach once told me that eating Beit Yosef is more kosher than the Rabbanut. 🙂
What Rabbi Liker avoided to mention were the “wars” between the Chief Rabbinate and the Badatzim. However, there are also “wars” going on between the Badatzim themselves (e.g. Belz and the Edah HaCharedit).
Here is a very good article about Rabbi Tzvi Liker and Israeli Kashrut in general:
I recorded the lecture and wish I could put it into Youtube or somewhere but don’t know how. Anyway, what I am going to to is writing an article about what Rabbi Liker said. In the meantime, I found something interesting on Google Books: