Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Update:How the Star-K is drawing all kashrus certifiers into the pits, with their non-standards of kashrus

A number of years ago Rav Neuschloss, Z"L the Rav of skver at the time. He called in the head of the skver kashrus and told him in no uncertain words, don't ever allow any Star-K products, and do not ever co-certify any kosher products with the Star-k, as it gives the star-k credibility.

About a year later Rav Neuschloss called him in again, "did you do as instructed? The response was not yet. Rav Neuschloss told to take a black marker and cross out the star-k off every product. Again he did not follow the order. He was ultimately dismissed of his position.

Rav Moshe Sternbuch, Shlita put out a letter with the following; I hear that in Lakewood they accept the Star-K, notify all that one may not rely on the Star-k at all.

Now all kosher certifiers realize that the Star-K is drawing everyone down in their kashrus standards.

Harav Moshe Heineman, Shlita is the Star-K's
"Rabbinic Administrator- Emeritus"
The Star-K's reason for setting up AKO (Association of Kashrus Organizations) is Omertà

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apropo by UOJ's Paul Mendelowitz- Protect your children in camp

ASAP's Abuse-Prevention Program is being used throughout the world of Jewish summer camps and youth programs to both ensure the safety of campers and counselors as well as reduce liability for camp administration.

The camp program, endorsed by leading Rabbis and professionals,  is free and available online - (https://asap.care/summer- camps/) and includes the following elements:

By having the counselors participate in the program and complete certification before camp, you will be filtering out potential abusers and sending a clear message to counselors, campers, and parents that you are educated, aware, and will not tolerate abuse.  Additionally, while safety guidelines are there to protect the best interests of the campers, they will also protect counselors from false accusations, something many have become fearful of.  

I am happy to set up a time to speak with you and discuss how the program can be adapted to the specific needs of your camp.

Gila Ashkenazy
Project Coordinator
ASAP: Association for Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Friday, April 27, 2018

UPDATE: Camp Bnos is not safe for girls- watch the new video הכזונה יעשו אחותינו?ת

Another confirmed horific episode at the camp?

הכזונה יעשו אחותינו?
Dear Rabbis, parents and Leaders,
We assume you were not notified of the horrific event which took place at Camp Bnos (Agudas Yisroel) this past summer. It is important for you, as a leader, to be made aware that a camper was raped on the girls’ campus. She was left unsupervised and taken advantage of in the worst possible way. There were 2 boys involved.
Originally, Mr. Meir Frischman admitted it happened, he has since changed his tune (obviously he has since received direction and advice from perhaps the Agudah directors, Rabbonim or Attorneys) and now denies all allegations and has completely removed himself from any & all responsibilities surrounding this situation. He has gone so far as to deny it, and refer to the RAPE as a "rumor".
The police were notified, and Mr. Frischman did NOT have them speak with more than a few people from the camp. Directors who have been in the camp for literally decades were not notified until they returned home after camp was over.

From An Insider: Meanwhile, a simple observation.  We are both familiar with defense mechanisms.  I make observations all the time of new mechanisms that are just that, but masquerade as something else.  The Agudah position, which we know to be fundamentally flawed, is not really a policy at all.  It is a simple effort to cover-up the cover-ups.  They cannot do different, because that would be self-incrimination.

Lakewood New homes- IS YOU MICRO-WAVE OVEN "TREIF"??

It's the common practice for laborers, contractors when building or renovating a home to use the homes Micro-wave to heat their personal "TREIF" food. Even when it's brand new.

Have your attorney put into the contract "all equipment must be in unused condition at the closing".

You may be able to get the builder or contractor [ in a Din-Torah] to replace it with a new one.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Andy-Boy romaine De Ja Vu- heavily INFESTED

Lakewood Bnei Torah- Re: Kashrus- Time to wake up and smell the coffee- (ess shtinkt fun kup)

From an Email
In other words, every agency, organization, and individual out there giving hashgacha should be doing a proper job. Unfortunately, many are not, even to the point that one cannot eat at establishments that they certify or eat the products that they certify unless the kashrus system is independently verified.

Ubiquitous underperformance, even in bastions of holiness, does not make it more acceptable to do a sub-standard job, but it allows us to be more kind in considering that a deficient agency, organization, or individual is not a standout, but one of many.

The reasons vary: lack of expertise in kashrus systems, lack of management skills, lack of budget, lack of the community’s willingness to properly fund a top-notch, or even Halachically acceptable, kashrus program, misplaced compassion towards unqualified staff, turf wars, negligence, and sometimes even avarice and lack of yir’as Shamayim. But the consequences are the same: a community unknowingly eats that which is Halachically prohibited, and the knowing of the community are left with no good options and are frowned upon by the unknowing.

May Hashem protect all His children and grant us all to eat properly kosher food.
Kol Tov,

GH: You seem to always equate chassidsheh hecshseirim with the term “gold standard”. Maybe to you they are, but not to everyone else. I do not trust a product or establishment anymore because it has both the OU and a chasidesheh hechsher. If it only had the OU I would still trust it.

I have both a national and heimish hechsher on my place. The national one comes every month- the hemish one hasn’t come in well over a year and he has no idea what is even in my products. So, there are no rules but they definitely both have pros and cons.

UPDATE; Lakewood Bais Din L'Inyanay Shatnez, certified test center "not-reliable" R"L- must re-check all clothing

There have been numerous incidents where the Lakewood Shatnez test under the hashgocha of the  Lakewood Bais Din L'Inyanay Shatnez, has been found to be definite Shatnez even though it was certified as Non-Shatnez.

The incidents were numerous, too many to be called a mistake. The places where the Shatnez was fond indicate a complete lack of knowledge of the expertise required to properly check for Shatnez. We are not talking of re-processed issues, regular straight out "shatnez" according to any "mumcha".

Therefore previous tested clothing by above,  should be re-tested by a qualified test center. 

The fact of the Bais Din certification on that Test center puts to question of the Knowledge the Members of the Bais Din poses in the Expertise of Shatnez testing.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Star-K Shabbos Mode appliances- It's an issur Gumur!

Star-K's Shabbos- Mode appliances are ossur to use.

It all started a number of years back on "Mesifta-Di'rakiah" [short-wave-radio]. Rabbi Moshe Heineman stated that on Shabbos in a Shul one may "ki'lachar-yad" turn on or off the alarm on shabbos.

A participant stated that he has a magnetic type switch that one can use for the alarm on Shabbos that would be permitted even according to the "Chazon-Ish". An individual asked on the program can one reverse a magnetic polarity on Shabbos....? Rabbi Heineman responded forget the magnetic type switch "the Chazon-Ish is only a DAAS-YOCHID", & do it ki'lacharyad.

The STAR-K also utilizes the light-bulb to accomplish BISHUL-YISROEL.
Reb Shlomo Zalman's comment re: Star-K's light-bulb Bishul yisroel.."one of the main causes of Intermarriage R"L."

Click on letter to enlage!
The Shabbos mode appliances may not be so "shabbos friendly" after all.

Rav Shlomo Miller, Shlita [Toronto-Lakewood] recently publicized a letter re: Shabbos-mode ovens that one may not adjust temperatures on Yom-Tov, contrary to the kosher certification.

In respect to the above publicized letter from Rav Miller, we are not publicizing the name of the kosher certifier.

Others have researched the "Shabbos-friendly" appliances & concluded that according to ALL "Poiskim" it is not permitted to be used in the Shabbos mode. It is more than "Gramahs" that are being activated.

See Star-K link http://www.star-k.org/pdf/oventeshuva.pdf

And therefore you may even decide to use your computer on Yom-Tov without the screen, according to the Star-K.

The SANHEDRIN would have taken up such a case in the context of a "zukun-mamrai".
The Star-K's shabbos mode appliances are worse than the kosher switch.

Monday, April 16, 2018

סוף האמת לנצח

כתב הגאון רבי שמשון רפאל הירש זצ"ל (שמש מרפא עמ' ש')
"רק לשקר דרושים תומכים כדי להצליח...
האמת לעומת זאת, תמיד תנצח בסופו של דבר,
אפילו אם הדבר יקח זמן....
בסופו של דבר תשיג האמת את הכבוד והערכה,
אפילו של אלו שלא מוכנים לקבלה.
האמת היחידה שהלכה לאיבוד,
בלי כל אפשרות להחזירה,
היא אותה אמת שאין למחזיקיה האומץ לדבר בגילוי לב עבורה.
האמת לא הובסה מעולם מכל התנגדות,
היא הובסה רק כשחבריה היו מדי חלשים מלהגן עליה".

Friday, April 13, 2018

Not Positive or Kosher Garden Brands

CDC Identifies Romaine Lettuce as Likely Culprit in 11-State E. Coli Outbreak


Health investigators have identified chopped romaine lettuce from Arizona as the probable culprit of an 11-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least seven people in New Jersey as well as people in New York and Connecticut.
The New Jersey Department of Health issued an update on the probe Friday, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration traced the likely source back to lettuce grown in Yuma, but neither agency has identified a grower, supplier, distributor or brand.
Consumers who have bought romaine lettuce – including salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce – are advised to throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
“If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine, throw it away. Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that the romaine lettuce did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region,” the NJ Department of Health said.
As of April 13, 35 cases have been reported in 11 states. Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, the CDC says. The seven cases in New Jersey include four in Hunterdon County and one each in Monmouth, Sussex and Somerset counties. The sick range in age from 12 to 84 and most are women.
There are eight cases in Idaho, two in Connecticut, nine in Pennsylvania, two in New York, two in Ohio and one each in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia and Washington, the CDC says.
Health officials say the outbreak started in late March. Though no deaths have been reported, at least six people have been hospitalized with one developing hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
Symptoms vary and can range from mild to severe diarrhea to nausea and vomiting. Usually there is little or no fever present. E. coli can spread from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces, the CDC says. It is very contagious and can spread quickly in places such as daycare centers and cruise ships.
“Individuals with this infection usually get better within about 5 to 7 days, however some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. “Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a healthcare provider.”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO 7 million dollar settlement class action suit

Deoleo USA Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay $7 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it made misrepresentations about Bertolli olive oil.
Deoleo USA Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay $7 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it made misrepresentations about Bertolli olive oil.
According to the Bertolli class action lawsuit, Deoleo misrepresented Bertolli olive oil as being “Imported from Italy” and that it qualified as “extra virgin” olive oil through the “best by” date.
Seven plaintiffs from Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina allege claims for violations of deceptive practices laws in their states and assert claims for unjust enrichment.
In their motion supporting preliminary approval of the Bertolli olive oil class action settlement, the plaintiffs urge the judge to certify a nationwide Class of consumers, because Deoleo’s alleged misrepresentations affect consumers uniformly throughout the United States, and because the laws of all 50 states are substantively identical to the laws of at least one of the states represented by the plaintiffs. The judge had previously certified two Classes of California consumers.
The plaintiffs note that Deoleo has already removed the phrase “Imported from Italy” from its products and will not use similar phrasing unless the oil is entirely derived from olives grown and pressed in Italy.
Deoleo has also reportedly started bottling its “extra virgin” olive oil in dark green bottles to protect the product from light degradation. Further, the plaintiffs say that Deoleo agrees to stricter testing protocols during the bottling process, to shorten the “best by” period, and to disclose the date of harvest on every bottle of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil to help ensure the product meets “extra virgin” standards at the time of sale and use.
Class Members of the proposed Bertolli settlement include anyone in the United States who purchased Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil since May 23, 2010 and anyone who purchased Bertolli olive oil labeled as “Imported from Italy” between May 23, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2015.
Under the terms of the proposed Bertolli olive oil settlement, each Class Member will be entitled to a cash refund of up to $7.25 per bottle purchased. No proof of purchase will be required for Class Members submitting a claim for up to five bottles.
Plaintiff Scott Koller initially filed the Bertolli olive oil class action lawsuit in May 2014. Bertolli repeatedly attempted to escape the litigation, but its motions to dismiss the Bertolli class action lawsuit were denied.
Koller asked a judge to grant Class certification to the Bertolli olive oil class action lawsuit in October 2015. In August 2017, the court certified two Classes of California consumers.
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Koller is represented by Adam J. Gutride, Seth A. Safier and Kristen G. Simplicio of Gutride Safier LLP and by Hasan A. Zavareei and Jeffrey D. Kaliel of Tycko & Zavareei LLP.
The Bertolli Olive Oil Class Action Lawsuit is Scott Koller v. Med Foods Inc., et al., Case No. 3:14-cv-02400, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.