Stay away from all fresh broccoli & or non-reliable greenhouse
Rav Belsky zt"l was against certifying non greenhouse grown broccoli and
didn't allow the OU to certify fresh broccoli as their washing it doesn’t bring
it down to miyut hamatzut its muchzak be’tolaim
Rav Belsky told me that
consumers should purchase ONLY reliable greenhouse grown.
Now that he has
passed away the OU started certifying fresh broccoli. We as consumers are
expecting Kashrus standards to be raised to an acceptable level as time goes on
but it seems some hechsherim are intent on bringing standards
NOTE: Terras Gardens brand, is sold in the south Florida market at this time
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.
The Kosher Consumers Union is closely monitoring and checking the
infestation levels of the numerous kosher certifiers in the tri-state including Vaad Ha'Rabbonim of Queens.
We the Kosher Consumers Union are currently checking
produce under the various kosher certifiers including the VHQ and those Hechsherim that work together with the the ones that are not reliable in checking for infestation will
unfortunately not be spared of the forthcoming videos of excessive VHQ
We ask that kashrus organizations not work in junction with those that are not in line in reliability of insect infestation e.g.VHQ, etc so
that we will not be forced to expose the other kashrus organization parties
involved in catered events.
Our (the consumers Queens) current objective is
to upgrade the standards of the VHQ, and are not looking for other hechsherim to
suffer from the collateral damage.
Thank you to all other Hechsherim for their understanding of the situation
as Queens kashrus concerns are at its peak and it is time for change. The
Consumers of Queens have voted unanimously.
Aisle 9 in Lakewood are out to deceive the customers especially the one that think they could find there anything kusher. Anything they make or pack should not be touched. Don't rely on their hashgochas either. Their pre-washed & checked is infested.
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.
ALERT:All Canned pineapple in its own juice, is infested with various insects. As is well known, Pineapples do have insects in the crown and in the brown parts of the skin peel. Some Pineapples were found to have have mealybugs past the brown area as well, it must be checked by experts in infestation. Now it was discovered another insect issue with canned pineapple. "Packed-in-its-own-juice". The canned pineapple is raw not cooked, how do they get the "Packed-in-its-own-juice"? They take the skin / peel, etc with all of the inherent insects and cook it to obtain the pineapple-juice.
Is the somewhat viscous juice filtered? If yes, with what size filter? We asked some of the heimish certifiers and they refuse to respond.
Alert from Hisachdus Harabonim Di'Lakewood re: Strawberries / Blueberries ALL Fresh, Frozen, canned, pie-filling Blueberries were found to be highly infested.
NOTE: Lakewood's KCL is not a Kashrus Organization per se, KCL is a political Organization [they fear Hisachdus of Brooklyn-hence no alerts from KCL] The money they take, is "protection-money". Do not use any product with blueberries, including; pies
Pie-filling Cheese cake Muffins Gevina yougurts and Lebens Reb Lipa Klein Crc Hisachdus Brooklyn says; Hisachdus doesn't make recalls.
Lakewood "Therapists & Mentors" just broke another family!! Protect our children? Don't push "Ritalin" on them like lollipops. Ritalin? sure! so the School administrators can provide paying clients to their therapists. Don't let Therapist [Terrorists](backed by Rabbonim) to break apart families. [Their success rate in at 99%]
Don't let the Rabbonim and therapists run for restraining orders against their husbands, who happens to be the father of her children. She is throwing her children to the dogs. That's what revenge is.
Don't work in unison to support financially the therapists, by sending the parents, the children, etc. to therapy. That's perhaps why children lost their respect for Rabbonim!
Don't allow the מקוה to break families. Terrorists & Rabbonim do it constantly R"L מקוה schedules in WG are by pay-for-play? Get rid of the ones in charge, from the Rabbonim down. Get rid of the corruption in WG. Don't play dumb.
The Bais Din of Bais Yosef is a division of yeshiva Bais
Yosef Yeshiva. A division founded by Harav
Hagaon Hagodal Rav Yakov chaim Jofen zt”l. of saintly memory
who was president and dean of the Bais Yosef yeshiva and had final say over
anything yeshiva related, upon his passing that authority passed to his son Hagaon Harav Reb Mordechai Joffen Shlita the present dean and Rosh Yeshiva. The Bais Din
Bais Yosef belongs to Yeshiva Bais Yosef.
or about 2009, Rav Joffen dismissed Rabbis Alt, Gurewitz and Landau from their
positions at the Bais Din for incompetence, disloyalty and dishonesty to the
yeshiva. The dismissal was upheld in arbitration by a Psak of the Bais Din
Tzedek Umishpat that ruled; Rabbi Alt et al has absolutely no rights in Yeshiva
Bais Yosef. They were prohibited from using the name Bais Din Bais Yosef or any
similar name which belongs to the yeshiva, nor any bank account using Bais
Yosef / Bais Din or similar name.
are illegally continue using the name and misrepresenting themselves as being
the Bais Din of the Bais Yosef yeshiva they are misappropriating the name
and misleading the public who wrongly believe that they are still associated
with the yeshiva. They are misappropriating the good name and good will of a
yeshiva that's been in the Joffen family for 130 years
A 36-year-old previously healthy woman presented with a 2-day history of severe chest pain and epigastric pain associated with nausea and vomiting. Physical examination showed moderate abdominal tenderness, without guarding or rebound in the epigastrium. Laboratory tests, including cardiac enzyme levels, were normal. An electrocardiogram and a radiograph of the chest were normal. The patient reported that she had consumed uncooked salmon approximately 2 hours before the chest pain developed. Computed tomography of the abdomen revealed diffuse thickening of the gastric wall. Gastroscopy revealed multiple anisakis larvae penetrating into the mucosa in the esophagogastric junction, fundus, upper body, middle body, and antrum of the stomach. Eleven larvae were removed with the use of endoscopic forceps (see video), after which the patient’s symptoms resolved. Anisakiasis is a parasitic infection of the gastrointestinal tract in humans that is caused by the consumption of raw or inadequately cooked seafood containing third-stage larvae of the nematode Anisakis simplex or related species.
since there are major errors in this article "factual and Halachik", I am forced to publish the proper view according to our SHULCAHN ARUCH. The issue we will deal with is using milk in an open container being labeled with a CHOLOV YISROEL label (Golden Flow, Pride of the Farm, etc), at a NON JEWISH convenience store. The author claims the laws governing this type of transaction are contained in SIMAN 118 (the 108 which is printed is probably a typo). This is 100% wrong. SIMAN 118 is discussing milk which is owned by a JEW and is being stored or transported by a NON JEW.
In the scenario of a convenience store the milk is entirely owned by the NON JEW and he is selling it with the claim (inferred from the label on the bottle) that this is CHOLOV YISROEL. This is covered by the SHULCHAN ARUCH in SIMAN 114 SIF 4 כל אלו המשקים וכן החומץ של שכר אסור לקנותם מהם אם דמיהם יקרים מדמי היין שאנו חוששים שמא עירב בהו יין (עד שאין ס' לבטלו) בד''א כשמוכרים בחנות אבל אם רואה שמוציאים אותו מהחבית מותר ולא חיישינן שמא עירב בו יין שאם היה מערב יין בהחבית היה מתקלקל
In SIF 5 it says as follows יין רמונים שמוכרים לרפואה מותר ללוקחו מהתגר אפילו שלא מהחבית אע''פ שדמיו יקרים מהיין משום דכיון דאית ביה קפידא לא מרע נפשיה We see clearly from here that the rule of לא מרע נפשיהonly applies to a TAGAR and not a CHANUS. A convenience store would definitely be classified as a CHANUS. In addition since the price of CHOLOV YISROEL is about $3.00 per gallon more than supermarket milk, we have also met the threshold of דמיהם יקריםone would therefore be 100% prohibited from purchasing a coffee with milk from an open bottle in a convenience store.
The spoilage issue is dealt with by the Shulchan Aruch in the Bais Yosef on SIF 4. The Bais Yosef explains even though one is allowed to buy from the CHANUS when he sees the drink being taken from a barrel because we assume that the owner would not pour wine in the barrel since it tends to spoil the contents of the barrel, we still say that he is not allowed to buy the drinks being poured from smaller containers in the CHANUS, why do we not make the same assumption that the wine will spoil the contents.
This is because the wine poured into containers are in small amounts and the containers are used up frequently therefore there is no fear of spoilage to inhibit the owner from adulterating the drink. The same applies to milk, we are not suspect that the owner will buy 10 gallons of supermarket milk and fill 20 CHOLOV YISROEL bottles and keep them for a week, but instead will buy one or two gallons and fill 2 or 4 containers for a one or two day supply where spoilage is nonexistent.
The lawsuit issue. Even though the mathematical possibility exists for a law suit we still have to use common sense and see if this possibility would deter a convenience store owner from substituting milk. The McDonalds law suit was filed by a major law firm which had the resources for this type of undertaking and hoped for a return on the investment, since McDonalds is a company with major assets. No normal law firm would expend tens of thousands of dollars filing a law suit against a convenience store whose owner has no assets.
There is no normal convenience store owner in his right mind that would let the fear of a ten million dollar law suit deter him from saving $3.00 a gallon on milk. Even if we know for sure that the owner is a chronic paranoid he could also substitute the milk in his house and bring it to the store. Therefore making sure the only way he could be caught would be to test the DNA in his milk against the DNA of all the CHOLOV YISROEL cows and prove that it doesn’t match.
We have a clear Halacha in the Shulchan Aruch which prohibits purchasing milk from a convenience store. There is no plausible HETER to permit this. For anyone wishing to read about how this Halacha was violated several years ago by a major Kashrus organization with a major food manufacturer you can download the followinghttp://www.bohirus.com/pdf/current/shufra.pdf
fasted today, I sat and reflected on what our fast is all about. Why was our
beautiful home in Yerushalayim
destroyed? Why did the presence of Hashem leave us? What did we do to drive
ourselves into this long bitter golus?
I always knew the answer, but I don't think I understood it as well
as I do right now. It was destroyed because we were judgmental of those who did
not ACT the way we wanted them to act. We were embarrassed of those who did not
DRESS the way that we wanted them to dress. We looked down at those that did
not TALK the way we wanted them to talk. And our misplaced ego caused us to
think that we are better than they are. This is what caused us to destroy
ourselves completely. Without having an ayin tovah, a
favorable and understanding eye on those around us, we are not deserving of
having the divine presence of Hashem live among us. We threw ourselves out with
our self-righteous mindset.
Which group of us caused the destruction? The ones "on the derech" or the
ones "off the derech"?
On this I sit and cry... my eyes fill with tears... the epiphany
just hit me like a ton of bricks: It was not the ones wearing the jeans (as an
example) that caused the destruction, rather, it was the ones not wearing jeans
that then looked down upon those who wore the jeans! WE are the ones who
destroyed the beis Hamikdosh and we have not yet corrected our sin! In fact,
with Torah and mitzvos being so strong... we have perhaps even strengthened our
sin... we have taken it to a higher level.
I look at myself... am I not part of the group who uses our
beautiful religion to look down at others? And if so, am I not the one
responsible for our current exile? What good is my fasting and sitting on a
floor if I cannot face the truth that "I" am currently responsible
for this tragedy?!
I now fully realize that it is not you and your friends who are
preventing Moshiach from coming... it is me and my friends!
I wrote my own kinniss: Woe is to me for I have repeated and
repeated the original sin that caused the churban! Woe is to me for I have
stabbed my own flesh and blood! Woe is to me for I took the holy Torah that is
supposed to be sweet and peaceful "dirachehuh
darchei NOAM vichal nesivosehuh SHALOM" and
I used it to form a dagger which I then used to stab you - and others - over
and over again!!
And so after a long day of fasting and contemplation, I look back
at the way that I treated you and for this I now sit and cry. My dear sweet
beloved Chaim !! How can I ever take back the pain that I caused you? How can I
ever repay you for the smiles and hugs that you so deserved... but didn't get
from me because I was too busy justifying to myself why it is OK for me to look
down at you... to judge you harshly... and to actively destroy the Bais Hamikdosh? How can I
give you back the lost years?
My dear Chaim, a long long time ago, I looked into the future and
dreamed about the day that you would grow up, mature, learn right from wrong,
wake up from your selfishness and finally come ask me for forgiveness. but
after alot of inner searching... "I" grew up, and "I"
matured, and "I" learned right from wrong, and now "I"
finally woke up from MY selfish, haughty, egotistical, judgmental attitude! And
now on this painful day I turn to you and I ask you - no, I BEG you - for
accept upon myself to shower you with love and affection, with hugs and kisses,
and to do everything in my power to always be there for you through thick and
thin! I pledge to work so so hard to make up for all of the pain that I caused
you. I pledge to never look down at you, your friends, or on ANY JEW ever
again. I am DONE with the negative attitude! I am DONE with being the judge and
jury to another Yid! I am DONE with thinking that I am BETTER than ANY other
Jew in Klal Yisrael. I am DONE
being a part of the problem... and I pledge that as of right this moment... I
will become a part of the SOLUTION!!
My Chaim, please open your heart to me... please open your arms to
me... hug me, hold my hand and let us build the Beis Hamikdosh together...
OU KOSHER ALERT – UNGER’S PEARLED BARLEY August 15, 2016Brands: Unger's Products: Pearled Barley
Company: Quality Frozen Foods
Unger’s Pearled Barley, in particular lot #26917 and #62318, has been found to be infested and should not be used without checking the product thoroughly. Measures are being taken to prevent the rampant infestation of the barley.
The OU's Alert is very clear- "have been found to be infested" Measures are being taken to prevent the rampant infestation of the barley.
On the other hand- The Heimish Hashgocha for the English speaking Tzibur they write "signs of infestation" For the Yiddishe speaking Tzibur they write ." It is infested" . Why is that? Is the English speaking Tzibur any less makpid on infestation, than the yiddish speaking Tzibur? At least the OU was clear in their alert to everyone, and they are taking measures to prevent.........