Kosher Tax Simplified
In accordance with Jewish law, Kosher is a dietary regulation. Jews are 2% of the US population but 41% of US packaged foods are kosher. [Source] Kosher extends to non-food products.
US manufacturers pass the cost of kosher certification onto US consumers. [Source] Jews have a literal monopoly on certification.
Simply put, goyim pay Jews a tax for the privilege of submitting themselves to Jewish law. However, Americans are forbidden from taxing the certifiers. [Source]
Manufacturers must contact an agency and pay a fee for a Rabbi [Source] to fly out and inspect the ingredients, equipment and cooking process to ensure they’re kosher. Even equipment like pots & pans must be certified kosher. [Sources: 1, 2]
Kosher certified restaurants are on the rise. [Source]
Certification agencies require daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and surprise inspections. In a 1989 The New York Times article, Rabbi Harvey Sentor stated:
The cost depends on the complexity of the product. A food with sensitive ingredients might require more surveillance by a rabbi. [Source]
More rabbi surveillance means higher fees for manufacturers and higher kosher tax for consumers.
Not a single agency publishes certification fees. Fees are not fixed and depend on the manufacturer’s ability to haggle. Manufacturers never disclose fees under the pretence they were granted a good deal. The inspecting rabbi can insist on a percentage of profit or gross annual sales. [Sources: 1, 2]
US $12 Billion Annually
Market research firm Persistence estimated that the kosher industry is worth over $24 billion and projected it will be worth $60 billion in just seven years. [Source]
Orthodox Union confirms the US market alone accounts for $12 billion annually. [Source]
Boycott, Extortion & Blackmail
Manufacturers that forgo kosher certification, risk food chains not retailing their product:
I wrote to a local maple syrup producer asking them why they agreed to have their products ‘kosher certified’. The answer was very honest:
"If we did not have a kosher symbol on our products, the food retailers would refuse to put them on their shelves." [Source]
Hotels have been threatened to have their kosher certification revoked for erecting Christmas trees. [Source]
New York’s Kosher Enforcement Agency is evidence of the US government upholding Jewish law by policing the religious purity of food. [Source] There’s no separation of Synagogue and State because the Synagogue is the State.
No Benefits & Illogical
It’s claimed that kosher is healthier and the cost of certification is negligible. Kosher certifiers falsify both claims and admit religious superstition:
"Kosher doesn’t taste any better; kosher isn’t healthier; kosher doesn’t have less salmonella," Rubin said. "Religion is not based on logic."
"You can eat a Holly Farm chicken and not know the difference," he said. "But a Holly Farm chicken sells for 39 cents a pound on sale. Kosher chicken, especially right before the holidays, can sell for $1.69 a pound. There’s a lot of money to be made." [Source]
In kosher slaughterhouses, Jewish law unnecessarily requires the animal to be fully conscious and hung upside down so it chokes on its own blood when its neck is cut from ear to ear.
Thomas Jefferson said it best:
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.