Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon of KSA Kosher on the Benefits of Eating Kosher

According to Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, eating kosher provides a host of health benefits. Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon says that a kosher diet, in moderation, can improve the digestive system, reduce food allergens, and help lower cholesterol. Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon also recommends a kosher diet for better food quality.

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon explains that kosher means the Jewish dietary standards for what foods observant Jews are allowed to eat. Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon defines kosher law as holding restrictions on the exact types of food eaten and how these foods must be prepared.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hidden Flavors Create Difficulty with Kashrus Certification, Says Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon

Flavoring, in some shape or form, is used in the vast majority of supermarket-ready products, says Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon. And, these additives can be difficult to certify. Here, the founder of KSA Kosher answers questions about one of the most difficult aspects of his vocation.

Q: What types of products use flavoring?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Any food not in its original state may contain flavor elements. Whole foods such as organic fruits and vegetables do not contain flavorings.

Q: Are labels required to denote whether a product is kosher?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: No; specifically in America, food manufacturers are simply required to label a product as containing natural or artificial ingredients or a combination of both.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon Explains Kosher Fish

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon
Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon is the administrator of Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher), one of America’s best-known certification agencies, based in Southern California. Here, Rabbi Lisbon answers questions about the often confusing topic of kosher fish.

Q: Is there one simple rule that can get consumers started?

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon: Yes. Put simply, if a fish has scales and fins, it’s kosher. If it does not, it’s not kosher. And the other simple rule is that all shellfish, like lobster and crab, and any sea creatures, like sea horses, are non-kosher.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Finding Kosher Coffee: Tips from Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon heads up operations at Kosher Supervision of America (KSA Kosher), where he oversees certification of quality foods for consumers worldwide. With products that are stocked in grocery stores and restaurants around the world, Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon says KSA Kosher has been recognized for its reliability. But Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon emphasizes that the company’s first responsibility is to its customers.

A respected leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community, Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon regularly answers questions about a kosher diet. While many kosher foods are obvious, there are a few challenges followers face in their daily diet, including morning coffee. Below, the rabbi explains how to distinguish between kosher and non-kosher coffee.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon Answers: What Is Kosher?

The word “kosher” can be found in almost every aisle of today’s supermarkets, but does the average person know what the term really means? Most people know it has something to do with the Jewish community and food, but couldn't begin to explain any further. After naming a few things such as kosher delis, kosher pickles, or kosher meat, most will admit that they have no clue as to the actual meaning of the word itself.

Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon explains in simple terms that kosher is a word used to describe foods that adhere to Jewish dietary law. When used in regards to food, it means that the item meets specific requirements set forth in the Torah. Kosher laws are complex, but the basics can be broken down into the following categories: permitted and prohibited food sources, preparation of meat, separation of meat and dairy, kosher ingredients and utensils/equipment, kosher specifically for Passover, and kosher certification.

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