Praise for the book “Going Kosher” and for Rabbi Markel:
From HaRav, Rabbi Fishel Jacobs Shli’ta
Author of the acclaimed books:
Chochmas HaTahara-On the laws of Niddah
Zemonim-On the laws of menstrual cycles
Family Purity-A Halachic guide to marital fulfillment
Study Guide for Choson and Kallah-A guide to family purity
The Blech Book-On the Halachos of Shabbos hotplates
“With great pleasure, I have reviewed the manuscript of Going Kosher, written by the illustrious Rabbi Amiram Markel Shli’ta. Rarely have I seen a book on Halacha combine scope and accessibility so delightfully.
For over twenty years, Rabbi Markel has been involved in many aspects of kosher food production in a way of Halacha LeMaaseh. This includes supervising food production plants, wineries, dairy farms for Cholov Yisroel, canneries and bottling plants, as well as hotels, restaurants, bakeries and caterers etc. The author has been instrumental in training Mashgichim in Southern California and has been a pivotal point from whom many questions in Halacha have been answered.
Rabbi Markel’s achievement through this comprehensive work is a shining example of the saying, “He who learns Torah in order to do, merits to learn and to teach, to keep and to do (Avos 4:5).” I encourage the author to bring his labor of love to fruition by publishing it in a quick and auspicious time. May his wellsprings flow forth and may he and his family merit health, and continued success in spreading Torah and blessings in all their endeavors.
Rabbi Fishel Jacobs ”
From HaRav, Rabbi Hillel L. Simon Shli’ta
Executive Head Supervisor, Kashrut Division, London Beth Din.
Director of Rabbinic Ordination, Machon Mayim Chayim, England
“I have carefully reviewed the manuscript of Going Kosher, authored by Rabbi Amiram Markel, Shli’ta. The book displays tremendous depth of knowledge and research into many areas of kosher law, and a profound grasp of the practical issues facing the modern kosher consumer.
As Rabbinic coordinator for the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din, I have heard many of the questions presented in this book posed by the kosher supervisors for caterers, restaurants and bakeries, as well as members of the public. During my 10 years as a campus rabbi for many campuses in the west of England and South Wales, many students approached me with their difficulties in using a kitchen shared with others who did not keep kosher and all the mistakes that inevitably arose. With this book in hand, the English reading public will feel confident in their understanding of the kashrut issues they face and can consult their local rabbi from a vantage point of sophistication, such as they have in other academic pursuits.
With so many of our Jewish brothers and sisters eager to embrace anew the mitzvoth of kashrut, and the frequent changes of abode common in our time, how to “Go Kosher” is a most current crucial issue, and one made so much easier, meaningful and enjoyable by this wonderful book. I eagerly await the publication of this work, so that English speakers all over the world will be able to benefit from its wisdom, inspiration and practicality.
I would encourage further publications by the author to include the equally practical areas of cooking, baking and handling of wine by non-Jews, as well as the in-depth coverage of forbidden mixtures etc. which he promises in this volume. With the approach of Shavuot, the celebration of the gift of the Torah, may the Almighty open our minds and hearts to the study of Torah and let us speedily hear new Torah teachings from our Righteous Redeemer.
Rabbi Hillel L. Simon ”
From HaRav, Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon Shli’ta
Rav HaMachshir of Kashrus Supervision of America-KSA
” I have reviewed the manuscript of Going Kosher, by the esteemed Rabbi Amiram Markel Shli’ta, and was very impressed by the wide scope and caliber of his important work. Through fine writing, coupled with a wide knowledge of Torah, Rabbi Markel has succeeded in bringing order and clarity to a vast and often confusing subject and has bridged the gap between presenting a popular Kashrus guide and writing a work of scholarship and erudition. He has accomplished this through backing virtually all his Halachic statements by citing many pertinent and authoritative sources throughout the length and breadth of Halachic literature. Thus, this book promises to be an outstanding source book, to be referenced by teachers and students, as well as a popular guide for all.
Moreover, Rabbi Markel brings with him more than two decades of practical experience in almost all aspects of the kosher supervision field. Through years of involvement, Rabbi Markel has supervised in many diverse venues, from large production plants to small kosher establishments. He is often called upon to train Mashgichim, both one-on-one and in group seminars and is regarded as an expert in Halacha, especially in the kosher field. He is often sought after when Kashrus questions arise.
Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon ”
From HaRav, Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski Shli’ta
Renowned lecturer and Chief Chabad Rabbi of the Conejo Valley
“I was delighted to read the manuscript of “Going Kosher” by the acclaimed author, Rabbi Amiram Markel Shli’ta and found it to be “head and shoulders” above any other kosher guide in the English language today. As with his writings on Jewish mysticism and philosophy, the book is fully researched and displays brilliance, scholarship and mastery, this time in the field of Halacha. Above all, it is the superbly crafted product of a clear and orderly mind. By concisely explaining the broad spectrum of kashrus issues facing the modern Jew, this book fills a great need and promises to be an instant success. I am confident that the English speaking public will receive it with eagerness and will benefit greatly from its wisdom and counsel.
On a personal note, I have known Rabbi Markel for many years and can testify to his refined character, fear of heaven and scrupulous observance of the mitzvos. Moreover, as Rav HaMachshir of the “Chabad Kosher Council of Ventura County and Conejo Valley”, Rabbi Markel has greatly enhanced Jewish life here by providing kosher supervision to all our kosher restaurants, butcher stores, markets etc. Throughout, in his confident, but mild mannered and unassuming way, he has commanded the trust and respect of all those who have had the honor and privilege of associating with him.
Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski “