This page is about the self supervision Kashrus system. Self supervision is a Halachically valid supervisory method which is an alternative to an independent Mashgiach-based supervision. The following will expand on this idea.
The Halacha, according to my understanding, is that one witness is sufficient in regard to establishing the status of something that can be forbidden or permitted. Thus, Kosher supervision requires only one witness.
The witness can be a man or a woman who is Halachically knowledgeable and reliable. Thus, a butcher who is reliable does not require a separate Kosher supervisor in his store. The meat is Kosher if the butcher says it is Kosher and if he knows the Laws of Kashrus.
Many stores producing Kosher food have owners who are not Halachically reliable. If such a store wants people who keep kosher to purchase their food, they can hire a Kosher supervisory organization. This organization may station a reliable witness in the store in order to establish the food in the store is Kosher. Alternatively, the Mashgiach may be someone has the right to enter and leave the store at will — to inspect without notice.
Again, such a supervisory witness, called a Mashgiach, is Halachically redundant when the owner is a reliable witness. Still, it has become the custom for many not to eat in an establishment unless it is under the Hashgacha of a reliable supervisory organization.
The self supervision Kashrus system (self-supe) takes a different approach to Kosher supervision.
First, a self-supe store is owned and run by a reliable and knowledgeable owner and manager. Next, every aspect of the store’s operation is documented and placed on this website which is publicly accessible. Finally, every customer is permitted to enter the kitchen at any time that it is in operation.
The sum total of this approach is that the store’s kitchen becomes an extension of your kitchen. You browse the website for information on thekitchen and kitchen productiin. You go in the kitchen.
You presumably are aware of the provenance of the food and utensils in your own kitchen. You have access to your own kitchen. And you have this same type of knowledge and access at sel-supe stores. You trust the Kashrus of your own kitchen. If you like what you find on a store”s associated self-supe webpage, then you can be confident that the food you but at the store is at least as Kosher as food from your home kitchen.
Peruse our premises and our website, and pepper us with your Kashrus questions. We welcome inquiries and investigations. Find out about the food and utensils; about how the food is prepared; and about the people preparing it. Know as much as if you had prepared the food yourself with your own handpicked kitchen staff.
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