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The Meaning of Food

Keeping Kosher

Story: Marina Gordon
Photos: Jeffrey Linn

Rabbi Aharon Brun-Kestler loves the crusty baguettes from Essential Baking Company but that’s not why he or a member of his staff pays frequent visits to the Seattle artisanal bakery. Instead, hes there to ensure that the products they sell as kosher stay kosher. Rabbi Brun-Kestler is the executive director of Seattle Va’ad, which supervises the koshering of products and restaurants and is part of a network of hundreds of similar organizations whose symbols appear on thousands of products.