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posted Friday, July 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 29
Rabbis certify first kosher lube
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by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what is reportedly the first rabbinical decision on personal lubricant, the Rabbinical Council of California has certified the U.S.-made 'Wet' line of lube as kosher.

In order to reach their decision, rabbis from the 70-member body inspected Wet's 52,000-square-foot plant and looked into the origins of every ingredient to make sure none comes from items that are prohibited by Jewish religious laws.

'The word kosher is a Hebrew word that means fit or proper. It refers to food that meets the requirements of Jewish Dietary Law,' the Rabbinical Council of California explains on its website.

'The body of laws governing such requirements is called Kashrut or Kashrus. The product adhering to these guidelines is called Kosher. Jewish dietary laws originate in the Written and Oral Torah (the Bible) and are further expounded upon by the Rabbis of the Mishnaic and Talmudic era.'

NONKOSHER LUBE STILL OK
Products intended for external use like cosmetics, moisturizers, exfoliants, or soaps, do not need to be kosher because they are not swallowed. In fact, observant Jews 'may even apply nonkosher ingredients to [their] lips, e.g., lipstick, lip balm,' according to guidelines by the respected kashrut certifier Star-K.

Even accidentally swallowing such products do not constitute a violation of the dietary laws, rabbis have ruled. Nevertheless, some observant Jews take the precaution of seeking out kosher products if there is even a small risk of swallowing them.

Consequently, a kosher lube would be helpful to observant Jews who plan to engage in oral sex.

Sean Smith, president of Trigg Laboratories, which produces the 'Wet' brand line of lube, converted to Judaism after marrying an Israeli woman.

'The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) is the largest body of Orthodox Rabbis in the Western United States,' the group's website explains. 'Its 70 members serve as pulpit Rabbis ministering to congregations and heads of educational institutions. These Rabbis directly serve an estimated 6,000 families, and network with a far greater population in both the Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jewish communities.'

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