Saturday, March 28, 2015

עולה על שולחן מלכים?

עולה על שולחן מלכים? What would be served at a   סעודה חשובה או אפילו לאורחים חשובים, כפי מה ששמעתי מהרב אלישיב, ורב שלמה זלמן   .
 -ז"ל ורב שמואל וואזנר שליט"א
(אובמה אוכל כל דבר-לא יכולין להביא ראיה בכלל ממנו על שום דבר)
In today's day and age, Gluten-Free is in, therefore they always have the GF item as a choice at every upscale affair important guests, state dinner, etc

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pesach Cakes & desserts "bishul Yisroel" also for sfardim- Elegant Desserts

Elegant Desserts is the only bakery that we know that produces Pesach Cakes & desserts "bishul Yisroel" also for sfardim- 

http://www.elegantdessertsny.com/product-category/passover/

Phone: 718.388.1323

How many in Lakewood can truly say שלא עשני עבד?

Most learning, teaching, in a pulpit position or even just a resident in Lakewood must be be beholden to the establishment [or else]? That is the meaning of an עבד. Not just a plain עבד that plans to see the light of day in six years, but they are all what is known as a נרצע-ועבדו לעולם. So they can't say the Brocha שלא עשני עבד.

Monday, March 23, 2015

ALERT: Chocolate Pesach items

Alert: Many of the Heimish Hashgochas and Heimish companies are using the pesach chocolate that we wouldn't use (all year including Pesach) even with their Heimish supervised"special productions". 

This alert affects bakeries, chocolates, Ice cream, confectionary items and countless other products containing their chocolate.

Check with the companies and their hashgochas if they use any chocolate in their products from the Blommer Chocolate, East Greenville, PA.

That Facility was listed also in the Star-K's kashrus currents as a Dairy facility (non-cholov yisroel), (i.e. cholov treif.) among other concerns and issues.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dole yellow sticker lettuce, kashrus standards??? 1 step lower

It's well known the the Star-K standards in infestation is very low, still leave a lot of  protein in their certified product. The Star-K recently became aware that Dole lettuce is indeed infested.

Yet the Dole yellow sticker lettuce is available in the market with the yellow stickers. 
                                                                       







                                                                           Star-K mashgichot
                                                                                     

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Iceberg lettuce is also muchzak in infestation all year

Dear STAR-K, O-U, KOF-K, CRC, AKO members, et al Consumers, Vendors and Mashgichim, etc.

Please note that there is currently very high levels of infestation in produce coming from the Yuma, AZ region. The weather there has been unseasonably warm and wet, which is causing very high levels of insect pressure.

Even iceberg lettuce has been found to be heavily infested. We [should] have [currently] stopped certifying much of the iceberg lettuce at Fresh Express and Dole if they are being sourced from [anyplace] Yuma.

The growing season in Yuma ends in the next week or two, [after pesach] at which time we hope the situation will improve as sources move to other regions.[and the mumcham will be able to check properly]

In the meantime, if you buy prewashed lettuce, PLEASE [HAVE AN EXPERT] CHECK BAGS OF LETTUCE CAREFULLY to make sure the STAR-K [OR ANY OTHER CERTIFIER] symbol is present. We are the checking the iceberg daily in various plants and if they bear the STAR-K [OR OTHER CERTIFIER]symbol, they are still certified [BUT REQUIRES EXPERT CHECKING]. However, many bags of iceberg over the next few weeks will NOT bear the STAR-K [OR OTHER CERTIFICATION].

Mashgichim who are [trained experts] checking produce themselves should be extra careful.

NOTE: Any untrained individual including mashgichim, etc should check any vegetables, fruits, etc.

Wishing everyone a Good Shabbos, and a kosher Pesach.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Pesach recommended list (partial)


PESACH 5775 RECOMENDED LIST (sefardim *) Must say kosher for Passover
Note: In general, OU-“P” grocery items  with no heimish  hashgocha on package is a usually a  preferred pesach product. Otherwise the OU, will rely on some of the Heimish Hashgochas, and we know the concerns.

ASPIRIN-Walgreens only w/ bar codes 311917037424/ 311917037417
ALUMINUM FOIL- All year Hashgocha-Any
Baby formula- MATERNA from Israel (separate keilim) -J&J, Ross, similac LeMehadrin 1,2,3, Sunrise
Baking powder-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, Gefen, ALSO  OU-P
Borsht- Gefen-ALSO  OU-P

Cake Cookies- oberlander, Bake master, Reismans Schick, Elegant, lillys
Canned vegetables-Shop-rite ALSO  OU-P, mishpacha, gefen
CANDIES- Bdatz Yerusalem, Rabbi Illowitz, Brazil, ALSO  OU-P
CHEESE, CREAM, BUTTER- J &; J, Mehadrin, Haolam, Norman’s, Givat
Chocolates,etc Chocolate chips-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, ALSO  OU-P, Empress, Seton
COCOA Powder- Hersheys OU no P required, cocoa mix-Mishpacha – ALSO  OU-P
COFFEE INSTANT- Folgers, Tasters choice unflavored, Geffen, any ALSO  OU-P
COFFEE WHITENER- Eden- ALSO  OU-P
CONFECTIONARY SUGAR- Mishpacha, Gefen , -ALSO  OU-P
CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL & sauce-Mishpacha, Gefen, Kedem-ALSO  OU-P
CROCK POT LINERS- Geula, Fantastic, Reynolds-ALSO  OU-P

FISH- King of the Sea, Melech Yam, Dagim  Meal Mart, Fishy Neiman, Freunds, A&;B, Royal
FLAVOR EXTRACT- Bakers Choice, Gefen
FRENCH FRIES- Eden-ALSO  OU-P
FROZEN VEGETABLES- Brocolli, Spinach, Cauliflower- Positive, B’Taam only
Dag Yam- see salmon

Frozen strawberries, blueberries- none even w/ hashgocha
FRUIT CANNED-Mishpacha, Gefen , - ALSO  OU-P
Garlic fresh must be peeled &; rinsed-Frozen- Gefen, ALSO  OU-P
GRAPE JUICE- Mishpacha, Gefen, Kedem, Schwartz
GROCERY ITEMS- Mishpacha,Masbia, Hadar, Meal Mart, , Gefen, ALSO  OU-P
Gold’s products with ALSO  OU-P-

HONEY- Mishpacha, Brodt, Gefen, - ALSO  OU-P
Horse Radish- Flaum, Tuv Taam, ALSO  OU-P
Hotel for Pesach- Greenwald's Seaview
ICE CREAM- Mehadrin, Kleins
JUICE- Golden Flow, Mishpacha, New Square, Lakewood farms, Natures own (if made in Bayonne, NJ) Kedem

Orange Juice- ALL-MUST BE FILTERED PRIOR TO USE-Dvash, golden flow, new square, Lakewood farms, fresh n healthy
KETCHUP- Mishpacha, gefen, - ALSO  OU-P
KUGELS- Meal Mart
LEBEN, YOGURT- Mehadrin, J&;J, Norman’s. Givat strawberry &; blueberry is from liquid-NO GEVINA BRAND ONES
Lemon juice- Reallemon &; Lime OU no P required
LIQUOR-Slivovitz, Tam Pree, Carmel

MATZOS-HAND only- Pupa-Tzeleim-prefered, Yad Binyomin, komemious-hand matzah only, 
MACHINE MATZOS- Beit Shemesh only w/ she’aris Hashgocha.
Matzos- OAT- Only puppa tzeilim. All others, the oats are pre-heated
MACAROONS- Oberlanders, Gefen
MARGARINE-Eden, J&;J, Mehadrin, Mothers, Haolam ,
Marshmallows-Elyon, Gefen, Golden Fluff
MAYONAISE- Mishpacha, Gefen,, ALSO  OU-P
MEAT- Fishels, Solomons, Rosenblatt (OU/CRC) Alle North America, Tevas-Rav Miller, Continental (Canada),  Satmar butchers BP, Fltbs, Willy, Continental butcher Monsey, Kosher Village,  
NO- Tevya's, Alle S. America, Agri Star
Bais Yosef Beef-  Alle Aurora, Teva (not Tevya), fishels, Solomon's, Kiryas Joel, Rosenblat w/ CRC/OU only.
MILK-Golden Flow, Pride of the farm (all milked before pesach), New Square, 

NUTS-Bakers choice, Klein’s, ALSO  OU-P, Costco w/ALSO  OU-P, all unshelled nuts-no BTH, Nuts Galore
OIL-Cotton-seed, Roberts, Pereg, Manischewitz, Mishpacha, Masbia, Hadar, , Gefen, Nut-Ola-ALSO  OU-P 
OIL-HAZELNUT / WALNUT- Taamon w/ aidah, Gefen, lieber- check dates-over a year may be rancid
OLIVE OIL-GEFEN Pesach-(made a production with hahgocha from press through bottling) Aida
Note: OU on olive oil is not acceptable

PARCHMENT PAPER-Geula, ALSO  OU-P
POULTRY- Pella, Mehadrin, Skver, Kiryas Joel,  Birds Boro, Marvid
PICKLES- Flaum, Tuv Taam- ALSO  OU-P
Positive- pre-checked vegies &; herbs, spinach, romain, broccoli, etc
POTATO CHIPS, STCKS- Blooms NOT Bloomys, Schwartz, Liebers, Golden fluff
POTATO STARCH- Mishpacha, E&;S, Gefen, ALSO  OU-P
POTATOES-INSTANT/MASHED- Mishpacha, dependable, ALSO  OU-P
PRALINE PASTE- Bakers choice-ALSO  OU-P
Quinoa- None- The Aida sys is Kitnious

*RICE-For sfardim that use rice- LUNDBERGS
ROASTING BAGS- Geula, Reynolds
ROMAINE LETTUCE- positive- All others require washing &; checking  
No Romaine whole heads, No Romaine Hearts No Andy Boy even with hashgochas
Spices- Pereg , Mishpacha, Masbia, R&;L, Hadar, . ALSO  OU-P

Sardines-Melech yam, Dagim from morocco
Salmon- canned  all are "None
SUGAR-White granulated USA W/ Pesach e.g. Domino, ALSO  OU-P
SALT non-iodized-W/ Pesach-ALSO  OU-P
SELTZER-UNFLAVORED-with a pesach hashgacha-ALSO  OU-P
SELTZER FLAVORED-ALSO  OU-P, Vintage all flavors “P”
SOAP PADS- Mishpacha, Geulah, Gefen, Rokeach, ALSO  OU-P
SODA- American dry, Be’er Mayim, Caffeine free Coca Cola, Classic Cola, Diet Cola, Mayim Chaim, Mae Tovim, Pepsi W Bdatz, Seagrams, Sprite ALL W/ PESACH HASHGOCHA- ALSO  OU-P

TEA INSTANT-Swee-Touch-Nee, Wisotzky, Nestea, LIPTON-ALSO  OU-P
TEA BAGS-Lipton, Pathmark, Shoprite, wisotzky, Gefen-ALSO  OU-P
TOMATO PRODUCTS-Mishpacha, Gefen-
TOOTHPASTE Personal items- Zohar, Adwe, ALSO  OU-P
TOPPING-Eden, Mishpacha-VANILA SUGAR-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, Gefen-
Tuna- Shop-Rite ALSO  OU-P,Dagim, Mishpacha, King of the sea, Melech Yam, Season, Star-Kist ALSO  OU-P

VEGETABLES CANNED- Mishpacha, Gefen-ALSO  OU-P
Vinegar Balsamic- KEDEM Not Bartenura-VINEGAR- Mishpacha, Kedem
WINE-Carmel, NYS Kedem w/ Tzelem, Carmel wines, Bdatz Yeruslm Hashgocha wines, Yaain Hameshbuch Rav Wagshal, Rabbi zegbachs.




Cryovac meat & kitnious?


Solomons meat from Chile used the starched cryovac bags. The Skver Hashgocha says it's not for pesach use, they don't rely that the consumer will wash it well.

Alle uses during the year the starched (corn) cryovac bags. For Pesach production they use the powder free bags.

Alle meat is kosher for Pesach all year, they are relying that the consumer will wash the meat well from all of the starch.

Re: Using for pesach the Solomon or Alles (all year) by washing well? Ask your Rav.


Friday, March 13, 2015

UPDATE: (All) besides beit shemesh chaburah- current Machine-Matzos may indeed be problematic for Pesach, serious chometz issues

Don't use the machine matzos from ...........etc.

There is only "1" one pesach machine matzo bakery  Beit Shemesh- Chaburah, Israel that  does NOT have the chometz problems, as it is all the same temperature the whole way. It is therefore a shorter oven in length.  The USA Importer is YankelCharlop, from Queens-917-453-6421

 ALL MACHINE MATZO BAKERIES CAN CORRECT THE "CHOMETZ" ISSUES BY HAVING  THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE OVEN THE "SAME-TEMPERATURE".

Others have made machine matzos at Beit Shemesh but used certain unacceptable leniencies. Only use the Beit Shemesh Chaburah Matzos under Rav Gross Chanechei Hayeshivas and She'airis yisroel.
 Reb משה שטרנבוך in חלק ד' דף צ'also seems very concerned about the use of machine Matzos on Pesach Reb Yonason Steif Z"L was also concerned about these machine matzos.

The Matzos is on a wide mesh and the baking is from the heated air temperature, not from direct contact with the stone or brick oven floor.
The ovens commonly used are known as "cracker-ovens". Ther are not at all like the ones that were used years ago which were relativly short ovens, and the dough was in direct contact with the hot stone or metal floor.

A cracker oven is usually some 100 feet long with a minimum of 3 stages. 1st stage is what is called "spring", because the internal dough temperature at this stage is low enough that the natural yeast or Gluten does not die & the dough can rise or spring.

The 2nd stage is a high temperature of short duration, and it gives color to top & bottom. At this stage the interior is still wet.

The 3rd stage is the longest stage of a lower temperature that "dries" (not bake) the interior of the Matzoh.
NOTE: The actual temperatures are set by the each facility, within the above parameters to obtain the final results.




Monday, March 09, 2015

ALERT: Canned pineapple in its own juice.

ALERT: All Canned pineapple in its own juice, is infested with various insects.


There is currently only one brand of canned pineapple that is packed in syrup under skver Hashgocha which the juice is not infested.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Oak tree

The Oak trees are massive,
do not get toppled even by strong winds
as it's well rooted, etc

It all happened because-
A NUT THAT STOOD ITS GROUND! 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Any Machine Matzos should "not" be used on Pesach

NOTE: The Shteif / Viener machine matzos were not like todays Oven- See Teshuvahs

Reb משה שטרנבוך in חלק ד' דף צ' also seems very concerned about the use of machine Matzos on Pesach.


The ovens commonly used are known as "cracker-ovens". Ther are not at all like the ones that were used years ago which were relativly short ovens, and the dough was in direct contact with the hot stone or metal floor.

A cracker oven is usually some 100 feet long with a minimum of 3 stages. 1st stage is what is called "spring", because the temperature at this stage is low enough that the natural yeast does not die & the dough can rise or spring.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Update: Chabura Matzos v. off the shelf?????

Chabura Matzos v. off the shelf?

Puppa Tzeilim's bakery
 "off the shelf" 
is far superior in kashrus, hidurim, etc than any 
Lakewood matzo bakery's "chaburas".

BUT, If you need your show n tell picture in the newspaper (as if you know what you are doing) then only Lakewood matzo bakery. Note: You could go for the picture, but get your matzos from Puppa Tzilim bakery.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Oat Matzos- Dayon Hershel Broyde- Only from Puppa Tzeilim bakery


Puppa Tzeilim is the only "OAT" matza that does not steam their oats. [Therefore]
Dayan Broyde allows only the Puppa Tzeilim OAT Matzos
Lakewood Matzah Bakery is not being truthful,as usual.(they claim their Oats aren't steamed) 

Cholov Stam / Cholov Akum = CHOLOV TREIFE! R'L- The consumer has nothing to rely on







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RE: Cholov Stam-Cholov Akum is actually חלב טריף Per Rav Eliyashev Shlita and Rav Shmuel Wosner Shlita.

Rav Moshe Feinstein in Y"D 1, #20-21 states that these procedures make the cow a treifah. Today with the farms in the USA keeping accurate records, all cholov akum (stam) is actually treif. (The procedured cows are 4-8%, shishim is 1.66+-%)
The European Hashgochas mistakenly believe that they don't have the problem because the Veterinarians say "in Europe we don't have those problems". The cold facts are that europe has the problem just as much as the USA.

We and others spoke to the European vets & vet. associations re the procedures. The proclaimed that an incidence of 1-2% for each type of procedure is considered "we don't have the problem". There are 2-3 common procedures that will render a cow a treifah, so we have 4-6% of procedures in europe that make the cow a treifah. Therefore their milk ic cholv treifah. We understand that not all of the European Cholov Yisroel hashgochas remove the procedured cows, so even their cholov yisroel is cholov treif. This affects their chocolate bars as well.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Is your Microwave still kosher? If you eat KCL, then don't be concerned, you may have eaten worse.

Is your Microwave still kosher?

1-If you just bought a new house, the workers in all likelihood used the Microwave & it's not kosher anymore.

2-If you have help in the house and you leave for a while, very likely that the kashrus of the microwave was compromised.

3-If you are doing renovation or any other work in the house or business, very likely that the kashrus of the microwave was compromised.


4- If you eat KCL, then don't be concerned, you may have eaten worse.


Igros Moshe has Teshuva re: leaving cleaning help in the home, and keilim-It's not only the Microwave that's affected.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Update: The tabloid Voice of Lakewood's תערובות Expo


Anonymous said...

the voice a few weeks ago has a very prustuh picture in it. a tabloid would not print such a picture.
Sun Feb 15, 01:21:00 AM 2015


The Voice of Lakewood had a HOME EXPO last night at Lake Terrace which had hundreds of couples come to and the תערובות was the worst of the worst, also because there was very little room between booths.

Many young ladies came all dressed up as if they were going to a movie or some fancy dinner event. 

It was impossible to walk around and not literally bumped into men ladies etc. etc.

There was a panel discussion forum in the chupa room which was supposed to be separate seating but there was only one entrance and therefore ladies had to go through the men to enter and they were men standing all around blocking and there was all kinds of touching in a horrible situation

Please address this asap

Everyone at our office agrees that the expo was a terrible gathering of men and women and involve lots and lots of touching and contact which is not fitting for a Lakewood oilam

Please address this 


This type of setup is not for Lakewood - we don't need women entrepreneurs (and i am a woman in business)

we don't want the latest and best in renovation advice - 



We want the best way to keep our husbands and 

children al derech hayosher !!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alert: Another vegetable weevil was found in the Positive cauliflower

Alert: More than one incident of a vegetable type of weevil was found in the Positive cauliflower.

The kosher meat shortage, man made

The kosher Meat Shortage in the USA- Solution:

1-    The average of a non-veal beef Shechita in the USA should be as follows:
Glatt [including Bais-Yosef]- 12-18%
Non-Glatt 25-30%

2-    Additional personnel required for the non-glatt production is 1-2 additional boidkim or inspectors. Of course the non-glatt would require additional time & personnel for the deveining (treiboring) and salting.

3-    Kosher Consumers in the USA are 30-35% glatt, 65-70%  non-glatt.
4-    At the current glatt productions it would be very economical to utilize the additional 25-30% of the non-glatt.

5-    This would alleviate the meat shortage in a very short period of time of 2-3 weeks.
6-    This would also cause a glut in the kosher beef, which would bring down the price of beef to the kosher consumer.
7-    The Orthodox Union aka “OU” till a few years ago also certified non-glatt beef.

8-    It would be advantageous for the Supermarket chains across the USA to besiege the “OU” to step up to the plate and bring the cost of beef to the kosher consumer to a market more in line with other beef.

9-    The consumer in general is facing economic pressures at this time in being able to afford their basic shopping needs.
10  -The “OU” can do this on their own and they owe it to the kosher consumer.
11- It would eliminate or at least minimize the meat kashrus scandals.


                 Yehuda Shain

Glatt Kosher Meat Is Not All It Is Cut Out To Be!

Forward.com
Glatt Kosher Meat Is Not All It Is Cut Out To Be -By Marc Shapiro    Fri. Aug 18, 2006

Sunday, February 08, 2015

2nd UPDATE: Oat Matzos? Update:






Puppa-Tzeilim Bakery in Williamsburg is the"only" Oat matzos that do not have the serious חמץ issues addressed by Rav Shternbuch, Shlita.

 Oat matzos- Oats have a natural bitterness caused by an enzyme. In order to deactivate that enzyme, the oats are steamed, not with any induced steam. The oats are heated on trays in an oven, the internal steam deactivates the enzyme.

The Lakewood Matzah bakery is claiming (falsely) that their oats are not steamed, we verified and found that their oats are indeed steamed.  Therefore the hot steam which is "mai-pei'ros" is a big concern. Dayan Weiss, Z"L, in Minchas yitzchok takes issue with using oats for Matzos.

Reb Moshe Shternbuch, shlita in his most current sefer says Re: Oat Matzos- because of the heated internal steam being used to deactivate the bitter enzyme one may not bake the oat matzos with any water at all only "mai -peiros" as any water introduced will cause it to become chometz immediately.


Anyone that must have Oat Matzos for pesach that was not steamed or heated at all "prior to baking", should be in touch with us after purim. It will be available then.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Kashrus Alert: Gevina brand yogurt with real fruit,"muchzak" to be infested

Kashrus Alert: 
Do not buy the Gevina brand Yogurts  with real fruit- Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, etc, due to infestation issues.


Buy the J&J, Mehadrin, Norman's, etc brands, they don't use real fruit. They use the micron-filtered juice only.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Alert: Liver "store broiled"

Store broiled liver may be a serious issue, i.e. store packaged "Kiryas Joel liver" may have been broiled (cooked) on the equipment as liver that you wouldn't use. Therefore only buy if packaged by Kiryas Joel not store broiled.

Update: Alert: OU Passover on Mehadrin Ice cream cones with flour! "chometz"

NOTE: OU- "P" always signifies kosher for passover

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Scale insect



The scale insect common in citrus fruits and in the juice extracted has an 
interesting life cycle.
The insect goes through different stages also called molts.
The insect crawls for about 2 days till it finds a citrus fruit that it can draw food from with it's feeding tube inserted in the fruit.
The insect then excretes a scale covering in an oblong shape that covers essentially it's whole body, leaving some room for offspring etc.
At a following stage or molt, it's legs that are not needed anymore are dried up,[ or withdrawn] as Rav Avigdor Miller Z"L describes Hashem's wondrous creations. In the females of the scales the antennae and legs are not lost, but are reduced to such an extent that though the adults can move about somewhat they seldom do.

It's time for the insect under the scale to reproduce, it is "roch'esh" backwards to the oblong point of the scale covering where there is a minute hole that was not covered by the scale excretion.
The male insect can then line up with the female for reproduction purposes.
The female moves forward "roch'esh" and produces it's offspring. after a while the offspring will leave the shelter of the scale covering.

For the minute movements under the scale the insect does not need it's legs, but still is able to move.
The snake that hashem removed it's legs, is still a beryiah, can still move, etc.
There is another fascinating thing about the life cycle of the scale insect. It's legs do not have joints, so they can't fold. With the legs in it's original position will prevent the insect from being able to be in position for reproduction.Nif'lois ha'borei.

The legs are not necessarily removed, it may be withdrawn into the body. There are no dried out legs found. In the females of the scales the antennae and legs are not lost, but are reduced to such an extent that though the adults can move about somewhat they seldom do.

Anonymous
When the scale insect has to reproduce, and goes into stage #3, it stops feeding entirely [the feeding tube is withdrawn]. The salmon when they go to spawn, they also stop all eating completely.

After it was with the male scale insect it does not continue to feed at all, it just reproduces. then it's in the next stage of its cycle and does not continue to feed.

CRC- Hisachdus- Their non-standard on insects, infestation- Brazilian OJ?

The CRC Hisachdus certify Bodek Fruits and vegies as free from insects. The Bodek products were checked by mimchim and they are infested with more than מיעוט המצאוי.

They certify Bodek's Garni-bags which fully grown insects pass right through the large holes. We sent them a video of it, Hisachdus did nothing about it, they continue selling it.

They Certify Gevina with actual fruit of muchzak to be infested, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries.

The certified Golden Taste's infested romain, etc (Golden says it was a mistake, Hisachdus doesn't care)

Their certified infested caterers, restaurants, etc

The are aware that their certified Orange Juice is infested. Therefore they sent a delegation
( Delegation had no experts in infestation) to Brazil to see how to solve the infestation issue of their orange juice (as if they care about insects).

They saw "no-problem" (because, no experts). Hisachdus Bais Din will all say together at their next meeting, בכובד ראש
, מותר לך,מותר לך, מותר לך



Others are saying there is now already a שבת גוי לתולעים available, and they aren't even expensive.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Alert: Pineapples and pineapple "packed in it's own juice"?

As is well known, Pineapples do have insects in the crown and in the brown parts of the skin peel.
Some Pineapples were found to have have mealybugs  past the brown area as well, it must be checked by experts in infestation.

Now it was discovered another insect issue with canned pineapple. "Packed-in-its-own-juice". The canned pineapple is raw not cooked, how do they get the "Packed-in-its-own-juice"?

They take the skin / peel, etc with all of the inherent insects and cook it to obtain the pineapple-juice.

Is the somewhat viscous juice filtered? If yes, with what size filter?
We asked some
of the heimish certifiers and they refuse to respond.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The unfinished batttle against the modern "Misyavinim" in kashrus

From an Email:
Rav Shimon Schwab spoke at a convention about "The unfinished battle against the modern "Misyavinim". We think there is another modern "Misyavnim" brewing in kashrus, which is being mitamtim our hearts and our children's hearts as well. It is not the Organizational Hashgochas that are the Misyavnim.

The Heimish Hashgochas in it's infancy was supposed to provide to the discerning kosher consumer a product that is of a higher degree in kashrus. As the Heimish Hashgocha industry has mushroomed beyond imagination. There are currently more so called heimish hashgochas than there were a total hashgochas just a few years ago. It is strictly driven by financial incentives.

The discernible consumer became more educated and realized that it has actually taken us in the opposite direction. The Heimish Hashgochas are taking the attitude "trust me, I'm Heimish", with a complete disregard for the discernible consumer.  The discernible consumer can not (in all fairness) rely on most
of the Heimish hashgochas in general.

In many aspects the Organizational Hashgochas are more reliable. The Organizational Hashgochas (at least some) have a high regard for the kosher consumer and especially for the discernible consumer.  It's time to wake up and smell the coffee, before we realize "the Emperor hath no clothing". It's all a bluff with a higher price.

Kashrus Alert: consumer beware

The Good Life Cheese’s Horseradish Cheddar is one of a large selection of kosher cheese varieties. Foodworks Cheese is out of Monsey, NY. It is certified by Rabbi Dovid Katz of Avenue L in Brooklyn, NY, and it is Kosher for Passover year round.

This company was owned and operated by a Heshy Gottesman, who had a mixed reputation and was sort-of semi-orthodox . There was some kind of a scandal years ago with him and his cheeses. Maybe more than one, and maybe he also relied on the opinion which is not accepted lehalacha that any vegetarian rennet is not part of the issur of gevinas akum.

There are suspicions that Rabbi Hazdan of Staten Island, who boasts of being a talmid of Rav Moshe, gives hashgocho on Amy's frozen meals made with cheese relying on that opinion too.

But now Gotesman is publicizing that he has supervision of Rabbi Dovid Katz,

Orange juice

בענין ה"כנימה" שנמצאת בפרי הדר ובהמיץ שלהם Scale insects in Orange Juice

עיין עירובין י"ג: בענין לטהר השרץ בק"ן טעמים, ע' תוספות שם
עיין בסנהדרין י"ז. תוס' שיודע וכו' וקשה לר"ת דמה לנו בחריפות של הבל     לטהר השרץ שהתורה טימאתו

עיין בשו"ת שבט הלוי חלק ז' 
ובסוף סימן קכ"ד וזה לשונו "ואשרי הנזהר שלא להשתמש בכל ההיתרים, והשי"ת יצילנו מתולעים ןמשגיאות, עכ"ל.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In the USA there is no Bitul by the Orange Juice

 דבר שיש לו מתירין!

As Reb Shlomo Zalman, Z"L said "americanah Rabbonim zuchen nuhr heteirim. 

בענין ה"כנימה" שנמצאת בפרי הדר ובהמיץ שלהם Scale insects in Orange Juice

בענין ה"כנימה" שנמצאת בפרי הדר ובהמיץ שלהם

עיין חזון אי"ש סימן י"ד
עיין ט"ז בש"ע יו"ד ס' ק"ד בסוף

עיין שו"ת שבט הלוי חלק ז' סימן קכ"ג, ס' קטן ז' או המילבן איך יתכן שבריבוי תולעים לא ימצא הרבה ודאי פירשו.

עיין שו"ת שבט הלוי חלק ז' סימן קכ"ד, סימן קטן א'-דגם משום חשש התלעה בתלוש אם דרכו בכך חייב בבדיקה, ולא מהני ס"ס לכתחילה בזה וכו'

אבל כבר פשט המנהג בכל ישראל שדברים שיש בהם חשש מילבן בעיתים המצויות שלא לאכלם כלל, או לאכלם רק ע"י בדיקה היטב כמש"כ במנח"י כלל מ"ו סוס"ק י"ח וכו'... ואין להתיר דבר כזה בדורינו דמי יהי' בקי בין קטנים ביותר לבינונים וגדולים במכת המילבן. נ.ב. ה"כנימה" גדולה מהמילבן פי כמה.

סימן קטן ב'- בענין בדיקת האורז....דשכיכי ב' מיני תולעים, תולעים ממש דקל לבדקן והמין השני הוא הכינמה דהיינו מילבן וזה ישנו ג"כ בבדיקה ע"י חמין ועין יפה ומבדקא בשמש או זכוכית מגדיל ראות יע"ש עוד.

ולא הבינותי.......אבל לבדוק להחמיר ע"י זכוכית כזה באורז וכיו"ב כדי להרגיש במה שצריך להרגיש אלא לפעמים העין קצר הראות ועין חדה יכולה לראות כזה ועין בינוני לא מרגיש רק ע"י זכוכית כזה אין זה בדיקה להקל אלא להחמיר במה שצריך להחמיר....ובודאי מה שאין עין אדם אפילו הכי חדה וחריפה יכולה לראות כלל בזה בוודאי א"צ לבדוק כלל,..

ובסוף סימן קכ"ד וזה לשונו "ואשרי הנזהר שלא להשתמש בכל ההיתרים, והשי"ת יצילנו מתולעים ןמשגיאות, עכ"ל.

Update-2: Lakewood Shopper farneigeled out a million dollar building from Lakewood "taxpayers"

It's important to write nice articles about Lakewood Fire Department Commissioners, that way a newspaper could get for free a million dollar building Department and Fire Police Station, 40 Clover Street, on the backs of Lakewood taxpayers.

The commissioners say they fear the shopper terroristic tactics "we will "bashmutz" you in our paper". 

We are all wondering aloud? Is the Township committee also afraid of the "shoppers terroristic threats"?

Bulletin: Mike Delia (Lakewood Township Committee) fears and dreads the wrath of the Shopper.

The Shopper will allow LCSW to use part of the building.


Even if it's leased by the Township then leased to the Shopper the building may become taxable.

Why doesn't the Fire Department put it up for sale?
Because the Shopper will write a damning article about them?



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Update: Orange Juice ע"פ מסורה


FDA permitted insects in Orange Juice


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Protecting and Promoting Your Health
Citrus Fruit Juices, Canned
Mold
(AOAC 970.75)
Average mold count is 10% or more
Insects and insect eggs
(AOAC 970.72)
5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml [1 cup]
DEFECT SOURCE:  Mold - processing contamination, Fly eggs and/or maggots - post harvest insect infestation 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Update: The final PSAK, Reb Chaim agrees that Orange juice must be filtered prior to use.

אין לחשוש לדיעות כוזבות של חוקרים ומדענים וכדו' רק תורתינו הקדושה ע"פ 
המסורה" מדור דור


Rav Moshe Vaye is addressing the USA Orange Juices, i.e. Tropicana, among the other USA brands.

Others are attempting a spin that Reb Shlomo Zalman was addressing home / store squeezed orange juice only, because commercially processed orange juice is much cleaner.

The cold facts are  just the opposite.
The commercial process subjects the fruit to a very abusive process as can be seen by the peels that is left.

There is an additional factor that some processors subject the orange to hundreds of needle pricks in to the fruit in order to extract the orange oils. Those pricks loosen many more of the insects. I have inspected many Orange Juice plants in the USA and S. America.