“The Shame Behind the Shield”: How the “New” Kosher Certification Schemed to Destroy the Competition
The public relations campaign by Magen Tzedek, a new kosher certification devised by Conservative Rabbi Morris Allen of Minnesota and actively promoted by his movement, has raised the company’s profile—and also brought it under sharp scrutiny.
Magen Tzedek grew out of the smear campaign waged against Agriprocessors and the Rubashkin family before and after the 2008 immigration raid. It has become a rallying point for Conservative leaders to galvanize their struggling movement.
The evolving story of Magen Tzedek is one of the most disturbing chapters in the Rubashkin saga. In turning back the pages of its short history, we confront a chilling tale driven by falsehood, deceit and injustice. Perhaps it would be best not to examine the ugly thing too closely.