Why did I use “kosher” to describe the content of this web page?
2) The word “kosher” means “proper” or “fit.” Specifically, things that are kosher are permitted by Jewish law. We’re not just talking food!
As an Orthodox Jewish parent and former teacher who is also a writer, I often get this request:
How do I find “Kosher” books for my kids?
However, the standards are not identical with what the “Kosher” reader might be looking for.
The best, most detailed list I have found thus far is this gem from Alisa Avruch and Sharon Schwartz (click below to view the PDF and download it with permission from the authors):
Mesdames Avruch and Schwartz sort books out according to various criteria, which they explain in the must-read cover letter to their document. After a pretty close reading of the list, I think I only disagreed with their “grades” twice, but because of their detailed explanations, it wasn’t hard to see where our opinions differed and why.