The way Kashrut now functions is obsolete and insufficient. We should not care if something has a Hechsher (a kosher certificate). We should care if it is allowed by common sense, common decency, and Jewish Law.
Preserving our Health
Cigarettes should not have a Hechsher, even if all ingredients are kosher. Smoking is harmful and never allowed. We must guard our health.
No, I don’t think like that because I don’t smoke. It’s the other way around.
For the same reason, all alcoholic drinks should lose their Hechsher.
Most people use alcohol in ways that don’t hurt their health? Really?
Murder is forbidden by firearm, knife, poison, and guillotine. It shouldn’t matter if we drink alcohol with or without forbidden ingredients.
No, I don’t think like that because I’m a teetotaler. It’s the other way around.
The Laws against cruelty on animals are not for the animals’ sake. If so, non-kosher meat would be forbidden to Gentiles too. No, they are given for our sake. To refine us, to make us less cruel and more sensitive.
Industrial slaughter should lose all Hechshers. It is impossible to slaughter on an industrial scale and not hurt the animals — which is forbidden to do.
To force-feed geese is cruel, no matter which way you slice it.
Even if one farm found a way to do this without the geese suffering, that still gives legitimacy to all the other farms in the world.
How off the rabbis can be for me is symbolized by how all the above gets a Hechsher but I remember how yogurt cups in Israel lost their Hechsher when they got a drawing of a dinosaur on them.
Wearing real fur or leather is a sign of indifference to being seen as cruel. Only animals wear fur or hides. Jews must educate themselves to look at them like at any delicious non-kosher food: nice but forbidden to us.
No, I don’t think like that because I’m a vegan. It’s the other way around.
Overspending and Priorities
Are we allowed and comfortable to spend so much money on a car?
Are we allowed and comfortable to eat so much meat?
Are we allowed and comfortable to spend so much money on a dinner?
While a billion people daily don’t have enough to eat.
No, I don’t think like that because I don’t have a car and I didn’t make a career. It’s the other way around.
The Environment and Climate
Much of the above ruins the environment and climate, humans’ health and survival, and nature’s and the planet’s diversity and beauty. Let’s cut it out.