Saturday, April 12, 2014

The "Romaine" results are in,

Only Positive brand Romaine is insect free. An untrained consumer even with a light box, will not find the miners, and mites.

Friday, April 11, 2014

ALERT: Re: Romaine lettuce

Alert: Others were alerted to a possible concern of chometz or kitnious in the process and or
packaging of some of the Romaine Hearts including ANDY BOY.

There is a gas & or other preservatives used in the process besides chlorine.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ones that can't eat wheat matzo,

 Oat matzo is not the solutution "it's the problem".

There are serious kashrus & chometz concerns with all of the Oat Matzos-  Therefore one might have to forego the mitzvah of eating matzah, if his allergic reaction is so severe that does not allow it. But Oat Matzah should not be something to consider.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Why are stores pulling off their shelves the Lakewood Matzos, hand, machine, oats etc?

Why are stores in the NY Metro area pulling off their shelves the Lakewood Matzos, hand machine, oats etc?

The Lakewood matzos are not 18 minute matzos but 22 + minute matzos- Gevald!! The ones with Rabbi Katz & Rabbi Klein.

Their Machine matzos are 22 minute matzos. Gevald! The ones with Rabbi Katz.

Their Oat matzos are 1 hour matzos- Gevald. The ones with Rabbi Katz.

Why are others returning their matzos for a refund? We doubt they'll give any refunds.

All those that are returning their Lakewood matzos, hand, machine, oat, etc for a refund do it early!

kashering in Lakewood

Friday, April 04, 2014

Pesach recomended list

PESACH 5774 RECOMENDED LIST (sefardim *)  Must say kosher for Passover
ASPIRIN-Walgreens only w/ bar codes 311917037424/ 311917037417
ALUMINUM FOIL- All year Hashgocha-Any
*Baby formula- MATERNA from Israel (separate keilim)Not available in USA-J&J
Baking powder-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, Gefen, OU-P
Borsht- Gefen-OU-P

Cake Cookies- oberlander, Bake master, Reismans
Canned vegetables-Shop-rite OU-P, mishpacha, gefen
CANDIES- Bdatz Yerusalem, Rabbi Illowitz, Brazil, OU-P
CHEESE, CREAM, BUTTER- J & J, Mehadrin, Haolam, Norman’s, Givat
Chocolate, Chocolate chips-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, OU-P, Empress
COCOA Powder- Hersheys OU no P required, cocoa mix-Mishpacha – OU-P
COFFEE INSTANT- Folgers, Tasters choice unflavored, Geffen, any OU-P
CONFECTIONARY SUGAR- Mishpacha, Gefen , Glick-OU-P
CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL & sauce-Mishpacha, Gefen, Kedem-OU-P
CROCK POT LINERS- Geula, Fantastic, Reynolds-OU-P
FISH- King of the Sea, Melech Yam, Dagim  Meal Mart, Fishy Neiman, Freunds, A&B, Royal
FLAVOR EXTRACT- Bakers Choice, Gefen
FROZEN VEGETABLES- Brocolli, Spinach, Cauliflower- B’Taam only

Dag Yam- see salmon

Frozen strawberries- with hashgocha & must be pureed or cooked.
FRUIT CANNED-Mishpacha, Gefen , Glick- OU-P
Garlic fresh must be peeled & rinsed-Frozen- Gefen, OU-P
GRAPE JUICE- Mishpacha, Gefen, Kedem, Schwartz
GROCERY ITEMS- Mishpacha,Masbia, Hadar, Meal Mart, Glick, Gefen,OU-P
Gold’s products with OU-P-

HONEY- Mishpacha, Brodt, Gefen, Glick- OU-P
Horse Radish- Flaum, Tuv Taam, 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- Dvash
KETCHUP- Mishpacha, gefen, Glick- OU-P
KUGELS- Meal Mart
LEBEN, YOGURT- Mehadrin, J&J, Norman’s. Givat strawberry & blueberry is from liquid

Lemon juice- Reallemon & Lime OU no P required
LIQUOR-Slivovitz, Tam Pree, Carmel

MATZOS-HAND only- Pupa-Tzeleim-prefered, Yad Binyomin-hand matzah only, MACHINE MATZOS- Beit Shemesh only w/ she’aris hashgocha
MACAROONS- Oberlanders, Gefen
MARGARINE-Eden, J&J, Mehadrin, Mothers, Haolam ,
MAYONAISE- Mishpacha, Gefen,Glick, 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-  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, OU-P, Costco w/OU-P, all unshelled nuts
OIL-Cotton-seed, Roberts, Pereg, Manischewitz, Mishpacha, Masbia, Hadar, Glick, Gefen, Nut-Ola-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

POULTRY- Pella, Mehadrin, Skver, Kiryas Joel, Mehadrin, Birds Boro, Marvid
PICKLES- Flaum, Tuv Taam- OU-P

Positive- pre-checked vegies & herbs
POTATO CHIPS- Blooms NOT Bloomys, Schwartz, Liebers
POTATO STARCH- Mishpacha, E&S, Gefen, OU-P
POTATOES-INSTANT/MASHED- Mishpacha, dependable, OU-P
PRALINE PASTE- Bakers choice-OU-P

Quinoa- 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
Spices- Pereg , Mishpacha, Masbia, R&L, Hadar, Glick., OU-P

Sardines-Melech yam, Dagim
Salmon- canned "None" Note:Dag-Yam canned salmon is from farmed salmon & is acceptable.
SUGAR-White granulated USA W/ Pesach e.g. Domino, OU-P
SALT non-iodized-W/ Pesach-OU-P
SELTZER-UNFLAVORED-with a pesach hashgacha-OU-P
SELTZER FLAVORED-OU-P, Vintage all flavors “P”
SOAP PADS- Mishpacha, Geulah, Gefen, Rokeach, 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- OU-P

TEA INSTANT-Swee-Touch-Nee, Wisotzky, Nestea, LIPTON-OU-P
TEA BAGS-Lipton, Pathmark, Shoprite, wisotzky, Gefen-OU-P
TOMATO PRODUCTS-Mishpacha, Gefen-

TOOTHPASTE Personal items- Zohar, Adwe, OU-P
TOPPING-Eden, Mishpacha-VANILA SUGAR-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, Gefen-

Tuna- Shop-Rite OU-P,Dagim, Mishpacha, King of the sea, Melech Yam, Season, Star-Kist 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.

All OU-“P”  with no other hashgocha on package is a preferred pesach product. Otherwise the OU, will rely on the Heimish Hashgocha, and we know the concerns.
Sugar N salt- Hisachdus CRC is not a preferred Pesach Hashgocha!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Urns- אין צריך טבילה?

Urns- אין צריך טבילה?
There was an article in a recent kashrus currents re: the Urns that state it does not require Tevilah. The article addressed some concerns and suggested that there may be acceptable reasons why it does not require tevila (connected to the ground with the electric cord).

Reb Moshe Feinstein, and the Chazon Ish, Z"L say one should not eat at a restaurant or caterr that does not toivel his utensils.

Reb Moshe says that one may remove the solid food and put it on the table and eat it (the food does not become Ossur), but not eat it straight from the plate, a soup or tea can't be consumed.

The Urns are manufactured in the Peoples Republic of China. The Rabonim and the importer work out a contract that provides among the following; the materials are purchased by the Jewish importer, the workers are paid by the importer, all of the manufactures overhead is paid by the importer, the facilities are leased to the importer, etc.

The contract is written in English. In the Peoples Republic of China, only a Chinese contract is enforceable, an English one is non enforceable. Therefore the heter of not toiveling has no basis. That would include the disposable aluminum pans.

May one rely on those that consider the Urn attached to the ground? and that one does not drink directly from the urn but puts the water in a cup (the water does not become ossur). Aluminum pans, may be used one time without tevila according to the Minchas Yitzchok & others. The Chinese ones are very thin gauge and can't be used more than once.

Hisachdus CRC & Shufrah do it again

Shufrah Chocolate decided to move some of their manufacturing of chocolate from a California
company (leaving an unpaid large balance). The moved to Baricini Chocolate Co. (invested about 3/4 million dollars).  Baricini is an OU certified establishment, that does Parve, Dairy, chocolate coverd Matzah, etc. The OU had a Mashgiach visit very often. The OU had a full time mashgiach for the 2-3 months that they produced for Pesach.

Along comes CRC's Hisachdus and says we are certifying Shufrah, therefore "vee need a heimish mashgiach, nisht a Orginizatzia mashgiach". So Hisachdus put into place at a dairy, parve, chocolate coverd matza facility a "heimish" mashgiach. He is in his "HEIM ish" he is not there even for pesach productions.

Friday, March 28, 2014

You can be a גדול!

עין בש"ע אורח חיים סימן קכ"ד סעיף ז' You can be a גדול ע"פ הלכה
מי ששח בשעת התפילה "הוא חוטא וגדול עונו מנשא וגוערין בו

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pesach hotels, reliable?

A popular Rav Hamachshir for Pesach Hotels certifies a number of hotels for pesach.

It's more for the modern crowd, nonetheless we may expect at least some basic standards of kashrus. We should also expect mashghichim  especially the head mashgiach to have a  thorough understanding of what the job entails. It's a façade at best.

A visit was made by an individual on Chal Hamoed Pesach.

Some of the items he observed on a cursory visit;
1- To the head mashgiach, Did you light all the pilots on the convection ovens? His response  " I lit most of them and the other mashgiach lit some of them. The Mashgiach in charge was told "do you realize that these ovens are electronic ignition and do NOT have pilots? "  Therefore your ovens, food, pans etc are all osur because of bishul akum?

2- A Treif Alto-Sham was plugged in & working during supper, A sign from the Rav Hamachshir on it stated "Not kashered -may only be used if everything remains covered". Lo and behold it was being used every meat meal uncovered. A Treif Alto Sham. The head mashgiach was asked, How can this be allowed? no response.

3- The dairy kichen is in an alcove off the meat kitchen with a door to the dining room. The dairy Griddle was hot during the meat meal, it was situated in the alcove where a mashgiach would not notice the dining staff coming in the dairy door and using the dairy griddle to heat someones meat dish.

4-  The head mashgiach was asked about the  "vegetable steamer"- how was that koshered? he was not sure but he knows that they were supposed to put in "poigem" in the boiler. Note a vegetable steamer uses live steam, the people will get sick if you use a poigem in the boiler for the steamer.

5- The use of leafy vegetables by untrained mashgchim is scandalous to say the least.

He noticed numerous other concerns, utensils not marked properly, other kitchen short comings, etc., but decided to leave the kitchen instead.

The Rav Hamachshir did not give proper instructions, should have set up some system for the bishul akum, The alto-sham should never have been allowed to remain. The Mashghchim did not have the basics.

Anyone in the industry has trouble during the year to find 10 qualified individuals to do a hotel affair.  Pesach has so many hotels open for pesach, there aren't enough qualified individuals.

Can't even get the Rav Hamachshir to insist on Machine matzos that have no shailoh of chometz.
Can the "frak" make it all acceptable?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Satmar Dayan should be asked to leave Quality Farmers market, as it's a big michshil harabim.

Reb Yudel, during this time of hester panim  approaching purim, sometimes we forget to look closely enough at things that should be obvious.

after the horror of the meat scandal of a few years ago, who would have thought that in a town such as ours, the world renown ir hatorah of Lakewood, they would be selling repacked meat WITH NO HASHGACHA . at quality farmer's market, just north of Lakewood, they claim that the repacking is done under the hashgacha of the satmar dayan, yet when someone  asked the dayan if this was true he clearly said that it is ABSOLUTLY NOT UNDER HIS HASHGAHCA.  a person went into the store today and asked the heimisha manager under who's hashgacha the meat is repacked and he clearly stated that the repacking is done under the satmar dayan's hashgacha. when it was pointed out that the letter on the wall CLEARLY states that it does not cover repacked meat , he told  that its good enough... it's meal mart..

unfortunately, this trend repeats itself in other stores, for instance toy stores that sell uncertified repacked shlach manos. 

I am at a total loss of how to understand the mindset that would attempt to service a kehilla of bnei torah with such utter contempt.  once it is obvious that emes does not a clearly stated fact, who can tell what else is being offered for sale at that store...

each person should carefully consider the above before assuming they can merely walk into a store and purchase foods with no personal responsibility.

wishing all a kosher and freilechen purim
NOTE: The Satmar Dayan was told by me (Yudel Shain) numerous times over the past 2 years to get ouf the Quality Farmers Market as he is being Machshil the Tzibur in consuming non-kosher.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Only in Lakewood

Their goal is Peter the Great. They devise, scheme, etc. towards the goal of Peter the Great. At times they must do some Stalnisim to achieve their goal.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Pesach matzos- Hand and machine- Oat, etc

Oats have a bitter enzyme that must be neutralized. The method used is by heating the Oats and the internal moisture will steam & neutralize the bitter enzyme. By the Gluten Free Matzos made from Oats, they are heated on trays in a tunnel oven. They are heated to 250 F +- for ten minutes. The process may cause the oats not to be acceptable for pesach matzos-Talk to a knowledgeable Posek.
Note: The Lakewood matzah bakery says their oats are not heated at all. It may be that they are just unaware. Based on our information, it's heated as stated above.

May one use Matzos that went into into the oven approx. 22 minutes after the water was poured into the flour. Some claim that they count the "18 minutes" from when it gets worked into a dough, which is actually 22 minutes.  All for the unsuspecting yeshiva leit.

The only recommended machine matzah is the Beit shemesh chaburah machine with only Bdatz She'airis yisroel.

Others claim that there is a written teshuva on this issue, but they don't want to give it out.
Reb Chaim Shmulevitz, Z"L writes by Mechiras Yosef, a psak that can't be publicized is "botul" and has no halachic validity. So there is no written teshuva per se.

Normal process at an Israeli facility that produces machine matzos is to stop & dismantle & clean the machines every 18 minutes. Normal clean-up & dismantle take 25-35 minutes, an expensive procedure. In order to economize and give Lakewood Yeshiva leit an affordable machine matzo, the matzoh bakery was instructed to dismantle, etc only once an hour, thereby bring down the cost per hour, hence they could sell the matzos for less to the unsuspecting yeshiva leit. Are they still calling it 18 minute, or mehudar?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Tropicana juice- Is it kosher?

Tropicana- Is it kosher?
It has scale insects, lac bug, etc

All the containers checked by the Lab were with the OK on it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Which supermarkets have qualified indviduals for checking & removing infestation?

Evergreen- Monsey, NY

Gourmet Glatt- Five Towns, NY

Gourmet Glatt- Brooklyn, NY

Lawrence, NY (only)

Update: Another Supermarket is working diligently in having their Mashgichim trained properly.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pesach Machine Matzos - solving the chometz issue!

All Pesach Machine Matzos can solve the chometz issue,

By having the entire oven the same temperature at all times.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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

Don't use the machine matzos from "Yad-Binyomin", Matzos Yehuda (Aida, KAJ), Halpern, Rishon, Aviv, Hadar, Geulah, Streits, Manishewitz, 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 Reb Yaakov Charlop, from Queens-917-453-6421


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.
 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.


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.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tropicana juice: Is the "OK" being truthful?

The "OK" says, sure Tropicana Juice may have insects but not the ones with the "OK"!

 The Lab Checked the ones with the "OK"and found that indeed they have insects.
It's not OK to have insects in OK Certified juice!
The OK also was not truthful either re: The Shufra Cocoa for Pesach from China.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tropicana Orange Juice may contain "Scale-insects"

Please be aware that Tropicana Orange Juice may contain "scale insects".

We don't think Tropicana cares that consumer don't want insects in your morning Orange Juice, I guess Tropicana Orange juice is out.

Most prefer not to get their protein from Juice, but from fish, poultry, etc.
You can email Tropicana at-

Please be aware that Tropicana Brand Orange Juice with Omega 3 contains-Fish  and should not be used together with meat or poultry.

Tropicana Ruby Red Grapefruit juice  their distinctive colors comes from crushed female cochineal beetles.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Heiligeh Lakewood Matzo Bakery is doing what??? I can't believe it.

It's sad when the only thing to look for in a matzo bakery is "chaburah"
חבורה= מכה הכתובה בתורה!! וכו
Why would one want chaburah matzos?
One should opt for at least matzos, acceptably kusher according to his own standards.
It may be "mehudar" to take hand matzos off the shelf in some reliable bakeries.

The reliable matzo bakeries in NY also accommodate "chaburas".

Hopefully the chaburas know something about a matzo Bakery.

UPDATE: The yeshivish Matzah bakery ? The "oilum" is gullible, we'll tell them we are doing .....and the fools will believe us, & we'll do what we want, it's all $$$$$$$

The Bakery is fully convinced they can continue in fooling the gullible oilum. If this would be their last lie, I might be fooled in believing them also.

Whoever uses them are not bigeder "oinis" but a "maizid".

Oats are heated or steamed to remove the bitterness. It's a very big concern for Pesach, They must kasher the entire bakery after making the Oat Matzos.

There is a Pesach Matzah Bakery very much utilized by Chaburas, Roshei Yeshiva, Yeshiva Leit etc.

One very prominent Rosh Yeshiva with his chaburah realized lo and behold, they are putting in matzos into the oven even after the 18 minute deadline. When the owner was confronted, he responded "Oh! we put those aside for our lubavitch customers" (they allow up to 21-22 minutes).

The Rosh Yeshiva observed that those Matzos actually were being packed in with his Chaburas Matzos. He was shocked by the revelation. Reb Dovid Feinstein, Shlita when asked, responded "it's definitely not Mehudar"-Matzos. To his family allegedly he said, I wouldn't use the Matzos.

The Rav Hamach$hir wa$ not concerned in the $lightest. Is it the money, ....... or something else?

One can come to his own conclusions as what happens by Non-Chaburah Matzos.

If one wants to use that Matzah Bakery, he should insist that  they kasher the ovens, the paddles that used to remove the 22 minute matzos, etc

They also produce Oat-Matzos, which has their own pesach concerns. They "MUST" kasher the entire Matzah bakery after making the Oat Matzos?

All of the Rabonim named on the Matzos may not realize the seriousness of the matter.

Do Chaburas & Roshei yeshiva have on their Chabuarah any experts in the practical part of baking matzos.
Chaburah?, may not be the solution, it may be the problem
חבורה, מכה הכתובה בתורה

Saturday, February 08, 2014

UPDATE: "Bodek" fruit & vegetables co. must change their hashgocha

"Bodek" fruit & vegetables co. must change their hashgocha.

They have an unacceptable standard re? infestation.

Hisachdus CRC might eventually come around and have properly trained mashgichim for infestation.

The other certifier should be dropped completely, as they will not change and their standard is not acceptable at all by any of the Halachic authorities..

Their spinach, strawberries, broccoli, garni bags, were found to contain infestation.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

לא ציית דינא, וסירוב בית דיןAryeh family from Lakewood & NY are still backing Moshe ARYEH in being a "loi-tz'ayis"

לא ציית דינא, וסירוב בית דין
מהבית דין נתיבות חיים של הרה"ג נוסבום בארץ ישראל
על משה ומרת ליבא, למשפחת "אריה"
שגרים בשכונת מעלות דפנה
ליתר פרטים, להתקשר לאלי' אריה, ול שיעה פרנקל, וליונה ווייס כולם מלייקווד- ולחייא אריה ולביני אריה

Monday, February 03, 2014

In response to the many inquiries re: infestation checking in the Five Towns

As far as we were able to ascertain at this time, there is the Glatt Gourmet supermarket that has a qualified trained mashgiach in charge of checking and cleaning fruits & vegetables from infestation. Therefore the items marked in Glatt Gourmet (5 Towns) are acceptable.

Other Eateries, restaurants, foodservice, supermarkets are not acceptable at this time. Some of them claim to have a Mashgiach that comes in to check. Those individuals are not trained properly and are therefore not qualified for the task.

The truth behind "HOSPICE"!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hisachdus replaces OU full time mashgiach with a Heimish one in chocolate factory

Hisachdus replaces OU full time mashgiach with a "Heimish" Mashgiach in chocolate factory.
The OU had a full time mashgiach in the Chocolate manufacturing facility. While there he also supervised the Hisachdus productions. He was there from the beginning of  production till the packing.

Hisachdus wanted a Heimish Mashgiach. The Mashgiach is there only sometimes. Hisachdus defines
Heimish_ a mashgiach that sits in der "Heim", not at the job.