An attempt to protect the rabbinate backfired when the public fought back.
Chotam, an organization founded “to bring Judaism to the public agenda,” issued a Facebook condemnation against a decision of Israel’s Pasta Basta restaurant franchises to halt the rabbinate’s supervision over its eight branches and instead use the hechsher of Tzohar’s Hashgachah Peratitorganization.
Accusing the company of betraying the rabbinate as well as Jews who wish to remain faithful to Israel’s rabbinate, Chotam wrote, “We will vote with our feet. Whoever wants to eat kosher will not enter Pasta Basta under Tzohar supervision!”
But within a short time, 4,000 people responded that they would be eating at the banned eatery.