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April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘Kashrut’

Kosher l’Besach

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Arabic language doesn’t have the consonant ‘P’, which makes it difficult for many Arabs to pronounce words that aren’t part of their native language, such as the words “Palestine”, “Pesach” and “Passover”.

Instead Arabs replace the “P” with a “B“.

Apparently not being able to pronounce it, also means not being able to hear it correctly either.

A sharp-eyed Israeli inspector captured this shipment of eggs that Balestinians from the B.A. were trying to illegally smuggle into Little Israel.

The stamp on the egg says “Kosher Besach” instead of “Kosher Pesach”.

Oops. Foiled Again.

Hagala

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A man makes his cooking pots kosher for Passover by dipping them into boiling water, in a process called Hagala.

Son of R. Ovadia Yosef, zt’l, Faces Probe in Holon

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Holon Chief Rabbi Avraham Yosef, son of the late Shas spiritual leader and former Israel Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, is under investigation.

The Tel Aviv district attorney’s office informed the rabbi that he may be charged with corruption, subject to a hearing, in connection with suspicions of breach of trust and fraud.

The rabbi is suspected of discriminating against various kashrut supervision authorities that oversee processing for ‘mehadrin’ or strictly kosher meat products in Holon and Or Yehuda, in favor of the Badatz Beit Yosef, which is owned by the Yosef family.

The move would be considered abuse of his position as a chief rabbi of the city, and a conflict of interest.

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Working to Lower Kashrut Costs

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is hoping to lower the cost of kashrut by approving more foreign kashrut certification organizations. The initiative comes in context of a general move by the Finance Ministry to lower the cost of living in the Jewish State.

In addition, it was announced Tuesday that the Chief Rabbinate will create a committee to explore new ways to supervise the kashrut and quality foreign dairies. The agency said itis hoping to use enhanced technology to reduce the price of dairy imports while improving competition in the field.

Data presented at a ministerial meeting on Tuesday indicated a wide disparity between the price of imported dairy products and those produced in Israel.

Chief Rabbinate Tests Female Kashrut Supervisors

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel today (Wednesday) administered the first official certification exam for women who wish to become kashrut supervisors (mashgichot).

The test, which took place at the International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha’Uma) in Jerusalem, was administered only to those who had first passed a special course approved by the Chief Rabbinate.

In the Gush Etzion city of Efrat, located barely ten minutes away from Jerusalem, female kashrut supervisors have already been employed in some establishments for some time.

The women taking the test on Wednesday have studied materials and undergone a training program that was designed to meet the standards of supervision by the Chief Rabbinate.

Israel Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Landau said at the time the course was designed that he saw no reason why women could not serve as kashrut supervisors.

Those women who pass the test on Wednesday will be awarded a certificate enabling them to seek employment as kashrut supervisors.

The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Torah in this week’s parshah mandates that for animals to be kosher they must possess two characteristics – they must have cloven hooves and chew the cud (Leviticus 11:3).

In contemporary times there is much ado about the impact of food on physical health. My doctors keep telling me, for example, to keep the fat and cholesterol down. Is it possible that food could similarly impact on one’s spiritual well being? This in fact is the position of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch in his explanation of kashrut.

The characteristics of kosher animals point to their being more passive in nature. In Hirsch’s words: “If we look at the signs for clean animals they appear plant-like. As they chew the cud, the food consumed passes through two stomachs, is driven up the gullet again and chewed for the second time. Thus, these animals spend a great deal of time in the absorption of food. The cloven hooves of the permitted animals also seem to have been created more for the mere purpose of standing than for being used as weapons or tools.”

The same is true concerning fish. To be kosher, fish must have fins and scales (Leviticus 11:9). Not coincidentally, fish that have these characteristics are by and large more peaceful in nature. The more aggressive fish fall into the category of the prohibited. Moreover, birds of prey are by and large enjoined. The rule holds fast. The more aggressive animals and fowl are prohibited. The more passive are permitted.

Of course, not everyone who consumes kosher food leads a life of inner peace. There are troubled people who eat kosher, just as there are fine people who do not eat kosher. Nonetheless, the ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.

The balance between outer action and inner feelings is especially discernible in the laws of forbidden and permitted animals. Note that chewing the cud is an internal characteristic as it deals with the inner digestive system. In contrast, cloven hooves are an external characteristic. One merely has to look at an animal’s foot to detect whether this criterion has been met. Perhaps this teaches that to be kosher, one’s behavior must not only be outwardly correct but inwardly pure.

Whether these rationales are satisfactory or not, the prohibited foods teach us discipline. They remind us that in the end, God is the arbiter of right and wrong. Notwithstanding, the kashrut laws carry powerful ethical lessons that can help ennoble and sanctify our lives.

Missionaries Try to Convert Jerusalem Kashrut Supervisor – Lose Certification

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Following an investigation by the anti-missionary organization Yad L’Achim into ‘Cafe Porta’, located in the Clal building in Jerusalem, the organization reported to the Kashrut division of Jerusalem’s Religious Authority that the cafe appears to be a missionary center.

Missionary activity is frowned upon in Israel, and illegal in certain circumstances.

At first, the Kashrut division had no proof, nor any legal steps they could take against the cafe.

But when the Kashrut division sent its own inspectors to check on the report, they were taken by surprise when the owners gave missionary material, including a New Testament, to the Kashrut supervisor, apparently in an attempt to begin the proselytization process on the Rabbi.

Needless to say, the Kashrut certification for the cafe was immediately revoked.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/missionaries-try-to-convert-jerusalem-kashrut-supervisor/2013/10/15/

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