On the internet you will
see people claiming that there is a kosher
tax on food. So, where does this idea of a "Jewish Tax on
Food" come from?
As a surfer and reader of the
internet, you need ask these simple
questions when coming across sites or videos
which make certain claims, such as 'kosher
tax.' Ask the question of the author
of the site or video, "How do you know what
you are talking about? Then ask the five "W"
questions: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?"
"Why?" Did the people who shot the video or
wrote the website do any research to verify
their claims? Did they interview any Rabbis?
Did they question a Kosher Supervising
Agency? Have they visited any food plants
which produce kosher foods? Did they speak
with supermarket managers about why they
stock and sell kosher foods? Or are they
merely spouting their opinion without any
basis in fact. The bottom line is, when you
read or view an article or video on the
Internet, you cannot just accept it at face
value; anybody can publish anything at all
on the 'net; that doesn't mean it's true.
You, as a seeker of information, need to
question everything you read.
Let's look at the word "tax" and what it
means. In the broad sense of the term, any time you spend
money it is a tax on your capital, but more
importantly, the correct word should be
"expense." Why use the word tax? Just like
Boston Tea Party, the word tax is being used
to incite anger and hatred. People might
think, hearing this word, 'why are those
Jews putting a tax on my food?' The point is,
the correct word is "expense," and the word
'tax' is a loaded word to incite negative
If a kosher symbol is a tax -- then you
would have to apply this broad definition to
everything that is an expense for that
business, from the can
or bottle used to package the product, to
the employees that make the product -- to
any donation the company makes to charity.
Even the electricity and water they used,
would be a 'tax.' These companies are being
taxed to death so they only make 2% to 30%
On the other hand, why would a Food Company incur an Expense?
Food companies advertise, and that is an
expense for the purpose of finding new and
repeat business. That is a good thing!
Advertising for new and repeat business is
good for the customers, because it can mean
more information to the public and lower
prices. A kosher label is a form of direct
advertising, telling the customer that "this food
is kosher and meets biblical standards in
how it was prepared, and in what different
products were used to prepare it." This too, is a good thing, because food
companies wouldn't do this if it didn't make
good business sense and mean an increase in
sales, which means an increase in
The money food companies pay to the United
States government -- that money is really a tax,
in which they have no choice...
A 'tax' is something which is forced on you. A kosher label,
in contrast, is a
business decision made by the free will of
the person in charge of making this
decision. When the government taxes, you
don't have a choice. A food business has to
listen to the FDA and other government
agencies, or risk fines or even being shut down.
However, on the other hand, businesses have a
choice of whether or not to use a kosher
label, and can terminate this relationship
at their pleasure.
Let us for a moment consider NASC car, sports, and charities; they
all have sponsors who pay money to support
the particular event. Does that mean the sponsor loves
cars, sports or the charity it sponsors?
Obviously, the answer is not necessarily. On the
part, feeling has nothing to do with it --
it has to do with a business decision that
best fits their company. So, why would a
food company want to put a kosher label on a
food product? Because they know it is good
for business, because a certain percentage of
people do want kosher food. This makes money
for the food company and is a good for the
customers -- it is a win - win situation.