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Zomet Institute Chief: Time to Appoint Women Kashrut Supervisors

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of the Zomet Institute, an Israeli high-tech non-profit organization specializing in IT equipment and electronic appliances designed to meet the requirements of Jewish Law, last week called to integrate women in the kashrut supervision system in Israel. After reviewing the various halakhic positions on the subject, Rabbi Rosen said, “As someone who already deals with voicing social and public positions, I think you have to open the doorways wide and let women into the world of kashrut in Israel, here and now.”

According to Rosen, there is no doubt that a woman is reliable as a kashrut supervisor (Mashgiach), but there is a question about the subject of modesty. Rabbi Rosen cited halakhic scholars who object to employing women as kashrut supervisors because of modesty, but insisted nevertheless that the field must become inundated with women, pointing out that the High Court has ordered the rabbinate to let women take exams for kosher supervisor applicants.

Modesty issues, according to the predominant rabbinic views, refers to the potential of social interactions between men and women leading to unwanted intimacy.

“I think this area is suitable for women in terms of capabilities, and the time requirements — women would be able to spread their schedule according to their household’s needs,” said Rosen. “If we all employ female teachers, disregarding the Mishnah and the Gemara and the Halakha where it was determined that women must not teach children because of the fathers who come in, and the press is full of stories about the harassment of teachers and yet Orthodox schools do not refrain from employing female teachers, there is no reason not to let them into this field, just as they have entered the field of being rabbinical court advocates.”

“I think women can raise the standards — in light of what we hear about the norms of the kashrut supervisors,” Rosen said, adding, “If they’ll give women in today’s generation of feminism, who are looking for challenges, a chance to enter all kinds of areas in religious life, I think they can turn it into a challenge.”

Rabbi Rosen noted that there is still a problem according to rabbinic sages in terms of giving women the power of coercion, but suggested it can be resolved by designating the rabbi who awards the kosher certification to a business as the authority, rather than the female kosher supervisor. “And if you need to define their role so that they won’t have the power of compulsion, so let’s define it this way,” said Rosen.

Forum organizer Rabbi Ratzon Arussi of Kiryat Ono, who is member of the Chief Rabbinate Council, wished to qualify Rabbi Rosen’s statement, so that a female kashrut supervisor’s appointment may be strictly confined by the rules of modestly. “The Chief Rabbinate has indeed examined the issue and approved letting women become Kashrut supervisors,” he said, “but it should be emphasized that there is a need to examine each case to avoid problems of modesty,” Rabbi Arussi said.


Tel Aviv Restaurant Breaks Down Boundaries Between Eating Out and at Home

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Bringing your own sandwich to a restaurant would appear as the height of chutzpah, but not any more—at least not at Lunchbox, a new dining initiative at 19 Lilienblum Street, near Rothschild Blvd. in Tel Aviv, that encourages patrons to bring their own food from home to the restaurant and order only the extras they want.

According to Chen Emor, a Lunchbox co-owner, the initiative is part of the conception of “custom made meal,” where every diner picks his or her meal out of the elements on hand. Diners in restaurants are often seduced into ordering more portions than they actually need to satiate their hunger, and they end up overeating, spending more moneythan they should have, and wasting food. “Our main audience is comprised of working people who come to eat on a daily basis,” Emor says, “and we want to help them conduct themselves properly both nutritionally and economically.”

Diners who bring their food in from outside can complete the meal with protein, carbs, fresh vegetable salad or dessert as they see fit. Each diner constructs a meal that fits their exact requirements, and don’t cause them to “explode” from too much food. They don’t walk out heavy and sleepy, and can return to work or continue to their next meeting.

Lunchbox prepares its dishes in collaboration with a nutritionist, to create the right balance between vegetables, measured carbohydrates, and quality protein, without preservatives and virtually free of Frying. The meals are served ​to go, packaged with a label of their nutritional values, or to patrons sitting down at the tables.


Israel Issues Travel Warning for Nepal

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning for Nepal on Tuesday, reminding citizens the country still faces hardships and disease due to recent earthquakes and an avalanche on Mount Everest.

The death toll is still rising in the devastated nation high above in the Himalayas, with more than 7,200 dead and more than 14,000 injured found.

United Nations estimates place the damage and/or destruction of homes at more than half a million, and up to 600,000. Of the country’s 28 million citizens, at least 2 million are completely homeless and in need of tents and basic survival supplies. Up to 8 million are affected and many of those displaced.

The biggest fear now is, how to prevent disease from taking over next.

Despite assistance from the international community – with Israel providing one-third of the total human resource aid – Nepalese are struggling for survival. There are areas with contaminated drinking water, remote villages without food, shortages of medicine and medical aid. Aftershocks are continuing, some stronger than others.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry advises that under such circumstances, it is not wise to travel to Nepal at this time. Those already in the country should take these conditions into consideration before deciding to extend their stay – including those who independently decided to remain as volunteers in rescue efforts.

In the last few days that search and rescue teams were tracking down stranded Israelis, there were reports of attacks against the young foreign trekkers by Nepalese as conditions became more desperate and food, water and other survival necessities were needed.

Hana Levi Julian

Chabad Sends a Seder to Soldiers in ‘The Middle of Nowhere’

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

In the middle of nowhere, a group of Israeli soldiers guarding the nation’s border with Jordan prepared to meet the Sabbath Queen with a canned Passover Seder.

But facing the holiday with army-issue rations was not a pleasant prospect. So as the sun began to sink closer to the horizon, the men put their heads together.

Who could possibly provide a decent meal for these guardians of Israel on the eve of the Festival of Freedom – out in the middle of nowhere?

“Call Chabad,” advised one of the soldiers. Quickly someone Googled a number and came up with Rabbi Shimon Elharar, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and head of Chabad of the Dead Sea.

A quick conversation ensued. Food he could provide; of course he had the contacts.

But who could get it to the soldiers in time for the holiday? They were, after all, literally in the middle of nowhere. Just about inaccessible. The sun was nearing the horizon. No Jew could make that trip and get back in time without desecrating the Sabbath.

And the soldiers could not leave to pick it up.

Enter a hero named Azmi, a righteous Arab Gentile who certainly will have his place in the World to Come. Azmi picked up the food from a restaurant where Passover preparations had been made.

At 6:30 pm, Azmi delivered the food to a position designated by the soldiers, just in time for them to set up before the start of the special Passover Sabbath seder.

“Today by chance I met an IDF soldier at one of the checkpoints at the Dead Sea,” Rabbi Elharar told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview. Hearing his voice, I asked if he had been among those who were assigned to guard the border on Friday night and when he said “yes,” I asked how the seder had gone.

“What a huge smile lit his face!” the rabbi said. “He said ‘Yes indeed, the messenger made it on time. We were so amazed. We had a great holiday celebration.

“Wow – Chabad really is everywhere.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Food Retailers Required to Publish Prices Online

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

New regulations signed yesterday will force major food retailers in Israel to publish their prices on the internet and update them hourly.

The regulations, signed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, are intended to promote competition between the 19 food chains, according to Globes.

Lapid told media in a statement released by his office: “With the passage of the Food Law, the Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Authority has begun intensive work to formulate regulations that stipulate the technical specifications and the way in which information will be posted and updated on the retailer’s website.

“The Authority’s work in conjunction with the Ministry of the Economy and the Budgets Division at the Ministry of Finance was carried out in consultation with computing experts, and included extensive discussion with the retailers to which the law will apply.

“Applications developers were also brought in, in the expectation that they will us the information to develop price comparison applications.

“We continue to fight against the cost of living. Through price transparency, competition between the retail chains will increase, leading to cheaper prices,” Lapid said.

The government ultimately expects to create a mobile app that will allow consumers to check online while out and about to see which store is selling an item at the best price per unit.

Hana Levi Julian


Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

In the photo above, IDF soldiers are at the Shiffon Bakery in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion, where the bakery handed out free food to the soldiers searching for the kidnapped boys Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel.

Throughout Gush Etzion, people have been collecting and sending food to the thousands of soldiers involved in the search, to show their gratitude for the grueling work they are doing, trying to find the three boys kidnapped by Hamas.

Jewish Press Staff

Finding Food for Needy Settlers for Passover

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council is preparing Passover food packages for families in their region who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. According to Anat Tzafrir, head of the Charity and Volunteer Unit at the Council, “We encounter difficult situations such as families, some victims of terror attacks, who are at the verge of starvation.”

At least 100 basic food packages are prepared monthly, according to Tzafrir. The need grows exponentially with the unique demands of the Passover holiday.

Some 34 Jewish communities are included in the Shomron Regional Council catchment area, most nestled among the soaring hills that separate Jerusalem from the Mediterranean coast and the Galilee. Those who live in such communities – which are part of Israel’s defense line in holding the territory won in the 1967 Six Day War — tend to be self-sufficient and strong-minded individuals able to survive on bare essentials. But even with those points in their favor, certain basics are necessary for a reasonable life, especially one with a family.

Security and defense of the perimeter is provided by each community’s own civil defense team, as well as by the IDF. But making sure there is enough food on the table has become for some a cause for tears and frustration in a region tension is already a fact of life.

Food packages are not the real answer to the problem – but it is certainly one way of relieving at least some of the pressure so everyone can have a joyous holiday of freedom.

Hana Levi Julian

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