Brooklyn - The sudden passing of Rabbi David Steigman, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator at OK Kosher, has shocked the kashrus world. Rabbi Steigman, 67, passed away while traveling in Italy for kashrus inspections. Rabbi Chaim Fogelman of the OK said that Rabbi Steigman was “a man of unparalleled character and knowledge.” Many in the kosher food industry praised the late rabbi as “being mild mannered, extremely friendly and a soothing influence under the most stressful situations.” He was considered a world renowned expert in all areas of kashrus, especially shechita (kosher slaughter) and alcohol productions. Rabbi Steigman worked at OK Kosher for 30 years and was respected and loved by all who knew him. Rabbi Fogelman in his personal reflections said that it was “an honor of having him as a colleague, for both kashrus professionals and employees of certified companies.” For the OK, the loss of Rabbi Steigman is particularly jolting as the rabbi had been a key certifier of the growing international presence of the OK.