Thursday, November 16, 2017

The B'Datz Aidah Yerushalem lost two and a 1/2 large hashgochas to Rav Westheim of Manchester

The Elite confectionery is leaving the Aidah and going over to Rav Westheim.
The Osem food company is also leaving the Aidah and going over to Rav Westheim.
Some of the Tara farms went from the Aida to Rabbi Westheim.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Shiduch crisis

As Rav Avigdor Miller, Z"L said;

On a date for marriage, always act your very best, even if it's only an "act".

Keep up the "act your very best" for the life of the marriage.

The secret of a long lasting happy marriage.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Modern Orthodoxy, etc. V Modern Yeshivish

Hi. I’m Eitan. I’m a normal Modern Orthodox kid, who goes to a normal Modern Orthodox school, growing up in a mainstream Modern Orthodox world, and I’ve got a big problem with Modern Orthodoxy and where it’s heading.

Growing up in a Modern Orthodox world has been a lot of fun. I’ve been able to follow sports, watch movies and learn secular studies like any American kid. I’ve also been able to learn what it means to be a Jew, study Torah, and go through life’s struggles, spiritually and anti-semitically, like any member of the Jewish faith. But as I grow up and I’m exposed more to how members of the Modern Orthodox community, old and young, act, I realize that there is glaring hypocrisy and internal contradiction.

Living in a Modern Orthodox world is like letting an alcoholic shop by himself in a supermarket. The supermarket has many sections filled with healthy foods, but it also has a section dedicated to wine and other alcoholic beverages. Being that he is addicted to alcohol and feels that he cannot live without it, chances are that he will not be able to get out of the store without approaching the section.

While my friends and I grew up, we were presented with challenges by our Modern Orthodox world which made it just as hard to remain loyal to Judaism as it is for the alcoholic to stay away from the alcohol. Modern Orthodoxy provides many opportunities for positive effects on our lives, like the healthy foods have on a person. But it also hasn’t put up enough boundaries for us to avoid the alcohol, or evils, that the secular world has to offer.

As kids, we are proactively exposed to media and entertainment that is anti-religious and contrary to Halacha. Is it realistic to assume that a teenager’s value system will not be corroded by the endless subtle and not so subtle attacks on Torah true values?

Aside from the challenge of not letting the modern world negatively affect our inner world, the supposed balance between religious values and secular values seems to be much more weighted towards the secular than the religious.

Modern Orthodox teenagers can tell you who Kobe, Jay Z, or even Shakespeare is, but very few will know R’ Chaim Kanievsky or any other Gadol. We’ll know the history of America in depth, but won’t know how the State of Israel was established. We’ll know how to solve complex math equations, but wouldn’t be able to read a simple mishnah. We are infested with American culture, and forget our past. We care about world values, and neglect our own. We care more about Western morals than the true morals of the Torah. We are high school students before talmidim. We are aspiring sports players before yearning Talmud scholars. We are college graduates before yeshiva bachurim. We are Modern before Orthodox.

Many in our communities take up the attitude that G-d’s laws are a burden (or even immoral in certain cases) so they simply write off areas of Halacha as if they don’t apply. Of course, their kids get the message and proceed to pick and choose whatever is comfortable for them as well. And for the laws that are being kept, we treat them as if they are a checklist — Say Modeh Ani, check. Wash hands, check. Then go to davening, look on my phone and wrap my Tefillin before Aleinu because I’m so eager to get on with my day, but it still counts because I said Shema and Shemonah Esrei, right? Check.

We are so addicted to the secular world that Hashem is never given a chance. Here are a couple of suggestions I believe can help Modern Orthodoxy strengthen its status as a Halachic movement that inspires teenagers to appreciate, enjoy and be proud of living a Torah-true Jewish life.

Firstly, Modern Orthodoxy tries to create a balance that, at the moment, cannot work because we have no drive to be with Hashem and lack the philosophical and hashkafic perspective to articulate why we should be Jewish in a world with an assortment of other options. Therefore, we need to take a fresh look at education and schooling. There needs to be an emphasis on the truth of the tenets of Judaism, as well as an inspirational approach that creates a yearning and desire in the student to be closer to Hashem.

Schools and parents need to work together and be in the same place when teaching children what is right and wrong. And taking on mitzvot must be done incrementally from a young age. By teaching Halachic standards and making them the norm in our schools and families at a young age, a child becomes more acclimated to that way of life, and with the proper education and approach, he or she hopefully comes to see these standards as freeing him or her from being controlled by the yezter hara and wasteful secular values and culture.

In the home, parents must be on board and truly want their children to be ovdei Hashem. That means ensuring that they themselves feel a true connection and are particular about fulfilling the Halachot, and filtering out aspects of the secular culture that indoctrinate us with messages and viewpoints that are antithetical to true Jewish values. This is the only way they can be sincere and successful in giving over the mesorah to the next generation.

When I tried to publish this essay at a local Jewish newspaper they said “We can’t publish this piece, it’s too much for us. Plus you’re only a senior in high school, so you don’t have the authority to have a say in the current situation.” Although they were against putting this essay to print, the head of the paper still agreed with me, “Modern Orthodoxy has major flaws and everyone knows it.”

If “everyone knows it,” but no one does anything then it must be that they think Modern Orthodoxy is too big to change. Of course, an entire sect of Judaism cannot be changed overnight. It will be a long and gradual process to change the mentality and the educational system. Although it may be an arduous and ambitious undertaking, we must create a new Modern Orthodoxy that values and focuses on Torah and spirituality. There have been too many cases of kids my age living an uninspired robotic Judaism, or falling off the derech altogether in the recent years to be oblivious to the fact that our lack of boundaries, respect for Halacha, and love for Hashem are major causatives in this crisis.

Therefore, for the future of Modern Orthodoxy, I implore with all my passion and strength that the G-d fearing members of our communities take a stand and push for change in the current situation so that the future generations will be zocheh from an early age to appreciate Hashem and welcome His laws with a genuine affirmation that they were made out of love and caring for us, His children.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

אין תולעים

והכורדי אמר אני רוצה להיקבר בגוש קטיף
,,שאלו אותו למההההה בגוש קטיף?
הכורדי אמר ששם אין תולעים

A Psak V. a Heter-

"I think it's 'Get it right"! .

"I think we have to be careful not to take outcomes that we want and backwash that into the process of decision-making. So you don't reach a decision and then force the process. [A heter]

You use the process ... You don't justify the outcome, you reason to the outcome." [A Psak]

Sunday, October 29, 2017

What a Kidush Hashem

Monday, October 23, 2017

דער עולם זאל נישט טרינקן "טרופיקאנה" דשוס The masses are requested to refrain from drinking Tropicana orange juice due to infestation

Harav Ulman, reversed himself and notified the "OK" in a letter that Tropicana Orange Juice is Ossur & must be filtered.
[Ask the OK for a "in-redacted" copy of the letter]

There was a meeting of Rabbonim re: the serious issue of Scale-insects in orange Juice.

They concluded the meeting,
"At this time people should refrain from drinking Tropicana Orange juice".

Re: the other brands?
Scale insects were found but considerably less that Tropicana brand.
Therefore there was no consensus at the meeting. בעל נפש ירחיק מכולם

There was recommendations to use the 70 mesh flour sifter to strain the juice.

Some of the Rabonim present were;
Reb Usher Ekstein- Belz Dayan,
Reb Shia Katz- Magrover Rav,
Reb Reuvein Steinberg, Satmar Moisdois, Wilmsbrg,
Reb Shmuel Teitelbaum, Tartikuv Bais-Din,
Puppa Dayan,
Reb Yosef Eisen 5 Towns Vaad,
Rav Tauber-Bobov,
Rav Stein- Fultichaner, etc.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dole lettuce products infested

Kosher Alert: Iceberg Lettuce even w stickers

The Star-K has advised that due to infestation conditions of the fields, it will not be certifying any Dole Iceberg salad this week, and this will likely extend into next week.

Consumers will therefore find that the newer bags of Dole Iceberg salads now in stores do not bear the Star-K symbol. This also applies to several other brands such as Fresh Selections [Kroger], Little Salad Bar [Aldi], and Marketside [Walmart].
The Star-K also advises that even under normal circumstances, there are usually a few lots of salads a week that are not certified due to infestation, and are still sold nationwide without the Star-K symbol. Every bag should always be checked for the Star-K symbol.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Another UPDATE: Don't buy any A & B Fish products !!!! (A&B throws their 35+ year Lakewood distributor under the bus).

Don't buy any of A & B fish products,
till they reinstate their Lakewood distributor of 35+ years.Anonymous A
nonymous said...

A&B stole his business, his customers, etc.
He was not a "salesman" for A&B, it was his route and customers.

Would you trust A&B for kashrus?

Don't digress from the issue at hand by adding tangential slander and Lashon Harah. The A&B issue is symptomatic of deeper social ills in Lakewood that have to be addressed and redressed. The fact is a distributor made A&B a household name in Lakewood and made it the gefilte fish of choice. It was borne of much hard work, sweat and tears. To take it away and start direct distribution now under duress of those who don't feel a need to be loyal or Mokir Tov is scandalous. A&B fish gets an "F" if they carry through with the plan

NPGS is an accomplice to these tactics.
NPGS is guilty  of complicity in going behind the backs of distributors, manufacturers.
NPGS [& their co-conspirators] uses kashrus questions to gain confidential information and manufacturer the item on their own.
Would you trust his kashrus?

Mon May 01, 07:39:00 PM 2017

May one trust their Kashrus?
                                        We think, NO!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Class Action Suit: Non-Jewish Prisoners Tying Tzitzis Which Are Portrayed As Tied By Avreichim

It is entirely possible that you have pasul tzitzis; A class action lawsuit for a huge sum was filed
against the world’s largest tzitzis factory on the grounds of misleading the consumer in the lawsuit: “This is a gross and grave mistake.” A chareidi prisoner found the fraud. The owner’s response to Bechadrei Chareidim: “There is no tallit that leaves the factory without a hechsher for the tying of tzitzis”.

Kashrus alert

Contrary to published notices-
All of the Positive and kosher Garden broccoli and other herbs & vegetables in the market is completely free of infestation.

It never had any issues of infestation at all. We are fully aware of the facts. Perhaps some have an ax to grind.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Is your schools food acceptably kosher for "U" ??

Many or most yeshiva / Bais Yaakov kitchens operate without a mashgiach or for that matter not a single responsible yid working in the kitchen.

Who is knowledgable in product purchasing at the Moisid? No one per se.
Is that acceptable to you? check it out, you may be surprised. In Israel the Rabanut is requiring in yeshivas, bais yaakovs, etc a full time knowledgable mashgiach.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Alert: Misleading information re: MINCED fish, fish stick, fish patties, fish cakes

In the bulletin they write that  misleading information "Minced" fish is finely ground and is permitted.

Minced fish is separated from the bones by a mechanical separator-

Infested Minced fish  is not ground at all, and is not permitted.

Includes- fish cakes, patties, cakes.

Minced fish+ removed by mechanical means and is not ground at all. The anisakis are whole insects.

NOTE: There may be other mistakes as well.

For some reason the CRC Hisachdus- Brooklyn, Volover, Tartikuv MC, Kcl, Star-k, etc among many others are not concerned about the Anisakis worm.

See תשובות והנהגות חלק ו  re: the Anisakis in the USA.

NOTE: No one has any issue with the anisakis in herring?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Corn on the cob infested-The Rabbi cleaned his glasses

הרה"ג יצחק יוסף מזהיר: "מהיום יש להחמיר יותר בבדיקת תירס"

במכתב שכתב הרה"ג יצחק יוסף לגבי בדיקת קלחי תירס, התבטא הרב ואמר כי בעבר אומנם לא הייתה כל בעיה עם קלחי התירס, אולם כיום - כתוצאה מריסוס, "מצויים הרבה תולעים בתירס, וניתן לראותם בעין רגילה. ובאחרונה התירס נעשה מוחזק יותר כירק נגוע בתולעים

במכתב ששיגר הרה"ג יצחק יוסף לאחד ממזכי הרבים ששאלו אודות בדיקת קלחי תירס, ענה הרב ואמר כי "אומנם בעבר אמרנו שאם התירס טרי – לא מצוי תולעים. אולם נתברר שכיום השתנה המצב עקב הריסוס שעושים החקלאים, ומצויים הרבה תולעים בתירס, באופן שנראים בעין רגילה בבדיקה היטב היטב, ולא נראים רק על ידי מיקרוסקופ".

לדברי הרב, באחרונה התירס מוחזק יותר כנגוע בתולעים, "ובוודאי שיש לפורר את הגרעינים ולבדוק שאין תולעים כלל – ורק אז יאכל".
רבים טועים לחשוב כי לאחר בישול קלחי התירס, התולעים נעלמות – אולם במכתבו הרב מתייחס לכך גם כן, וכותב כי "ומה ששאלתם אם בישלו את קלחי התירס, אם כפי שכתבתם שהממצאים מראים שגם לאחר הבישול שורדים התריפסים ואינם נמחים, והוא בחזקת נגוע אף לאחר הבישול – על כן יש לפורר את הגרעינים ולבדוק שאין תולעים אף אחר הבישול. ורק אז יאכל.

"ואשריו של כל מי שיכול להתריע ולהזהיר ולהסביר לציבור שמה שהיה בעבר השתנה מסיבות שונות, וכיום יש להחמיר בזה הרבה", מסיים הרב.

Reb Chaim re; insects- "they are all visible' 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"TREIF "kosherica" tours R"L- Lakewood joins them R"L

Kosherica cruises has been machshil thousands in not providing kosher according to any standards.

Why Do the  Rabbis sanction these non-kosher cruises? 
Isn't it embarrassing that all of the Miami, Lakewood,  OU affiliated Rabbis are allowing this scandal 

Can someone like Rabbis Weil (OU), Schneier, Riskin, Heir, Herring, Lipskar arrange an "OU" Hashgocha at least?

Why doesn't the "OU" send their own staff on the cruises to witness the kashrus disaster.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Shtar Yuchsin for the "'minhag America" marriage issues

America Needs A  פינקס
In Europe every Rov maintained a pinkus, which was a list of people in his city that had problems with Yichus for the purpose of preventing them from marrying into the Kahal. Even though it was needed much more in America, the lack of Kehilas and the inability to prevent people with poor Yichus from marrying into the Kahal discouraged the practice of keeping a Pinkus. I would just like to point out one type of Yichus issue that has mushroomed phenomenally in the past 40 years, this consists of women who have received a questionable Get from their husbands, remarried and given birth. I will discuss briefly 3 scenarios to articulate my point that these issues are pervasive, since I am sure all readers have firsthand knowledge of a case covered by the following. A detailed explanation of why these Gittin are invalid is out of scope for the current post.

GITTEN GIVEN BY COERSION                  
The first scenario we must discuss are Gitten given thru force. This is broken down further into two types of coercion. The first type of coercion is physical. The penetration of the Feminist philosophy amongst us has led to the false assumption that a woman is entitled to leave a marriage at will and it is cruel to prevent this from happening. The second issue is that there are many women who are high income and have no problem paying a sum of 100k and above to any one that can get her out. This has led to a cottage industry of Batei Dinim staffed by רשעים גמורים  who beat the husband until he tells the סופר to write the Get which is then written and given to the woman who is under the impression that she is now allowed to remarry. This was the modus operandi of Epstein and Wohlmark until they were imprisoned. Epstein was also in concert with other Rabbis besides Wohlmark in physically coercing husbands to give Gitten. The fact that they were able to coerce Gittin from so many husbands and for so many years is a testimony to the lack of Rabbinic leadership and concern from the Brooklyn  Rabbinate about maintaining the proper level of Yichus in Klall Yisroel. 
The second type of coercion is financial. This is done by the court system where women get the court to impose significant financial judgments against the husband unless he gives his wife a get. The most recent by Kaufman and Rudinsky.
The second scenario consists of women who walk out on their husbands and then force them to give a get using Rabbinic or social pressure. They claim that since the marriage is broken they are Agunas and therefore it is a Mitzvah for the husband to give them a Get. This is a 100% wrong. They are reclassifying a מורדת as an עגונה. They have created a new right for women called Get On Demand. The biggest perpetrators of this tactic are the Feminists and MO with their ORA organization that panders to them. The only time we force the husband to give a Get because of Agunah is if the husband is going to run away or else refrain from meeting his obligation of (שאר כסות ועונה) שכו''ע  If the husband says that he is willing to meet his obligations the woman is not under any circumstances an Agunah.
The third scenario can be achieved by two methods  1> מקח טעות the Bais Din declares that the husband had a serious defect at the time of the wedding and therefore the marriage was performed in error and the woman has a right to leave. The serious defect they fabricate does not meet the standards necessary to nullify a marriage   2> The Marriage Ceremony was done improperly and is therefore void. Usually by claiming there was a problem with the witnesses. The case of witnesses is also usually not valid since there were enough Kosher witnesses who saw the ceremony and we Paskin that this is enough. It is well known what the Kamanetzkis, Greenblatt, Gedalya Schwartz and others have done along these lines.
While I have no solution to the exploding Shalom Bayis crises that we have. I feel that we must get a handle on the contamination caused by those Rabbonim and Batei Dinim taking advantage of the issue and protect our own children and grandchildren from losing their Yichus.
Toshav Monsey                                                                                        

Monday, August 21, 2017

From Zero to Hero

click on the link, order the book, when it becomes available it will be 4.99. 

YOU have the power and will get the zechus of helping thousands of children around the globe overcome learning challenges including dyslexia!!

Kindle edition


This book is for all parents, educators, social workers, speech therapists and anyone who cares about the education of a child.

The regular price of the book is 23.99 it is on sale now until school starts. 

Vaad of Queens has updated their "bedikas- Toi'loiyim" checking for infestation.
They use these special "Eclipse" glasses, if you don't see anything, use the vegies.

The Star-K ordered those Eclipse glasses as well.