Why does Bourbon need hashgocho?I thought it's hakol modim that nothing in the process involves wine or tarfus?
Even though 50 % is corn , the rest may contain Chometz.
http://www.memphisfoi.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=site.display&page_id=3871Why is the OU affiliated Baron Hirsch shul sending their members to a festival to mingle with Notzrim?http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/may/15/united-in-spirit/During the interview for this story with three festival officials -- Fargotstein, Baum and Jonathan Walker -- Fargotstein pointed and said, "I'm a Reform Jew, he's an Orthodox Jew, he's a Christian -- sounds like the start of a joke!" But the fact is that all the synagogues participate to some extent and the organization and festival get significant help from Christians and various churches. "First Assembly of God and New Philadelphia Baptist are two of our biggest supporters," Fargotstein says.He says all churches are invited to participate. "We want them to be part of this because Israel is part of their faith and we have the shared Judaeo-Christian values.Also speaking will be Earl Cox, a longtime pro-Israel Christian leader"People are curious," Fargotstein says, "so we have an education tent and we have an 'Ask the Rabbi' corner.
part 2Efraim Lewinsohn, who has helped lead the project to develop the lemon tomato at Israel's Volcani Agricultural Research Institute, said the goal was to inject a little spice into tomatoes that had become bland from years of mass production."People complain that tomatoes don't taste like they used to," Lewinsohn said. "That's the driving force behind this project: attempting to restore the flavor of the past.""Israelis are a naturally curious people," said Avi Almogi, head of Israel's Exotic Fruit Assn., standing beside a display of fuzzless peaches at his trade group's recent exhibition at Kibbutz Givat Brenner in central Israel.A few years ago, Israeli farmers imported a Chinese orange tree and cross-pollinated it with other breeds to make the fruit more colorful and easier to peel. "Now we are selling the seeds back to China," Almogi said.Hazera made a splash internationally in the 1990s by breeding a tomato that could be vine-ripened and that stayed red three times longer than ordinary tomatoes. Its seeds were sold around the world.Since then, the firm has been "diving into tomatoes," said Alon Haberfeld, Hazera's senior tomato product manager. The company pumps about 15% of revenue into research and development, a level he said was comparable to the pharmaceutical industry's.Hazera's mini-watermelon was created in response to consumer complaints that standard specimens of the fruit were too big to finish.The results aren't always pretty. A snow-white tomato looked "terrible" and was quickly abandoned, Haberfeld said. A teardrop-shaped tomato tasted great but looked unappetizing to consumers.So when a Hebrew University professor approached Hazera with a golden-hued cherry tomato, made by breeding regular cherry tomatoes with a rare yellow variety, she was greeted with skepticism.The hybrid, eventually dubbed Summer Sun, had about three times the sugar level of ordinary tomatoes and high acidity, giving it a unique taste.The breakthrough came in Europe, where consumers prefer sweeter produce. Now the yellow tomatoes are showing up on salad plates in France, Britain and Austria, where buyers are willing to pay as much as $11 a pound.Hazera has sold its yellow cherry tomato seeds to a San Diego-based grower for production this summer.That motivated Hazera scientists to redouble efforts to develop what they hope will be their next big hybrid hit: the purple tomato.
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/28/world/la-fg-israel-crops-20100529Israel plows new ground in exotic cropsA tomato breeder has created a crop worth more than its weight in gold. The seeds for the yellow cherry tomato, a fruit researchers feared might turn off consumers, now sell for $160,000 a pound.By Edmund Sanders • Los Angeles TimesReporting from Berurim, IsraelWant a lemon-scented tomato or a chocolate-colored persimmon? How about some miniaturized garlic cloves for the home chef who doesn't have time to chop, or a purple potato that tastes buttery when cooked?There are no chocolate rivers or edible teacup flowers on Israeli farms, but you will find carrots shaped like potatoes, strawberries shaped like carrots, star-shaped zucchini and "watermelon" tomatoes — dark green on the outside with a juicy red flesh.There are also specially bred red peppers with three times the usual amount of vitamins, and black chickpeas with extra antioxidants. Not to mention worm-shaped berries and blue bananas.Though some mock such colorful crops as "frankenfruit," an Israeli tomato breeder, Hazera Genetics, has created a boutique crop worth more than its weight in gold.The former kibbutz developed a yellow cherry tomato that its own researchers feared might turn off consumers. Instead, the hybrid became a hit in Europe, where the seeds sell for about $160,000 a pound.Bolstered by Hazera's success, a growing number of Israeli farmers, agricultural companies and government-funded research institutions are jumping into the market for freaky fruits and designer veggies, hoping to stumble upon the next big thing."It's fun, it's interesting and it brings in the customers," said Uri Rabinowitz, a Tel Aviv-area farmer who has developed a national following for his strange-looking crops, including elongated strawberries and round carrots. "You can charge twice as much."Rabinowitz and other Israeli farmers grow exotic fruits and vegetables from imported seeds, including the chocolaty persimmon from Latin America (which makes a tasty ice cream) and the buttery potato from the Netherlands.Some are trying to create new foods in the lab. A team of Israeli and U.S. scientists created the lemon-scented tomato by splicing genes from lemon basil into tomatoes, producing an aroma and taste of lemons and roses.
In closing arguments, the prosecution produced all kinds of evidence & paper trails about 13 year olds working overtime with dangerous machinery & chemicals for Rubashkin. This despite the denials from a bunch of Chabadniks, employees of Hershey Friedman and Rabbi Weissmandl himself.One interesting bit of evidence introduced was a 13 year old who worked 7 DAYS A WEEK inside Agri.I thought Rabbi Weissmandl was only turning a blind eye to chilul Shabbos with the outside trucks.
We are in possession of the official flyer for the dvar pritzus last Sunday called RunWalk for Israel sponsored by the OU, Young Israel, several Conservative temples AND Queens Vaad shuls.We could fax a copy to R' Yudel if he would like to see it.The most shocking find on the list of sponsors was the Ahavas Yisroel shul in Kew Gardens Hills, whose marah d'asrah is the posek of both the Queens Vaad and Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.We suspect that the posek either is not aware of the endorsement at all or was hoodwinked into giving one and most certainly does not know what kind of pritzus is central to this event.Perhaps the talmidei yeshiva who seem to be following this blog and reporting to him could inquire.P.S. - Can we assume that the free massage services provided to participants was segregated kehalacha according to the gender of the therapist and the recipient of the massage? We couldn't go see for ourselves since it assur to go to a place where the women are almost entirely undressed.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/31/for-very-young-peril-lurks-in-lithium-cell-batteries/?hpwFor Very Young, Peril Lurks in Lithium Cell BatteriesBy TARA PARKER-POPE13-month-old Aidan Truett of Hamilton, Ohio, developed what seemed like an upper respiratory infection. He lost interest in food & vomited, but doctors attributed it to a virus. After 9 days of severe symptoms & doctor visits, the hospital ordered an X-ray to look for pneumonia.What they found was totally unexpected. The child had ingested a button battery, one of those flat silver discs used to power remote controls, toys, musical greeting cards, bathroom scales & other electronics.The battery was surgically removed. But what neither doctors nor his parents realized was that the damage had been done. The battery’s current set off a chemical reaction in the child’s esophagus, burning through the esophageal wall & attacking the aorta. Aidan began coughing blood & soon died.To this day, Aidan’s parents don’t know where the battery came from. “This is something I would never want another parent to live with,” said Aidan’s mother.Such deaths are extremely rare. There were fewer than 10 documented during the last 6 years. But ingestion of lithium cell batteries, which children may mistake for candy & elderly adults for medication, is surprisingly common, documented this week in 2 reports in the journal Pediatrics.3,500 cases of button cell ingestion are reported annually to poison control. But while swallowing batteries has occurred for years, the development of stronger lithium cells has increased severe complications.Among serious complications, the chemical reaction triggered by batteries can damage vocal cords, leaving children with a lifelong whisper. Damage to the gastrointestinal tract means some children require feeding tubes & multiple surgeries. “The injuries are so serious,” said Dr. Toby Litovitz, director of Pediatrics. “It’s like drain opener. It’s not something you want in your child.”The batteries that pose the greatest risk are those that begin with the # 20, for 20 millimeters. They are larger & stronger than older models. Batteries numbered 2032, 2025 & 2016 are responsible for 90% of serious injuries.Federal rules require toys to have battery compartments that are locked with screws. But devices intended for adults — like bathroom scales & remote controls — often hold batteries with a simple cover that can fall off or be removed easily.That’s what happened when 13-month-old Kaiden Vasquez of Bristow, Va., picked up the remote control to his parent’s iPod dock. Somehow, he dislodged the battery and swallowed it. But his parents didn't notice the missing battery when he began crying hysterically. Emergency room doctors diagnosed flu, but later the pediatrician took an X-ray & saw what he thought was a quarter. When the item was removed, doctors discovered the battery. The battery burned a hole in his esophagus & trachea & he required a feeding tube & 2 months of home nursing.Kaiden has recovered, although severe reflux damaged his teeth. “I don’t allow any disc batteries in my home,” said Kaiden’s mother. “I never thought a remote would do so much damage to my child.”In 60% of cases involving children under 6, the child removed the battery from the device. The problem is most parents are not even aware, yet the battery begins to cause severe damage within just 2 hours of ingestion.Dr. Litovitz said the problem needs to be addressed by manufacturers to secure battery compartments in all devices.“Children have access to remotes, watches, garage openers,” she said. “Our major pitch is to get the industry to do something, but parents also need to be dealing with batteries with a lot more vigilance.”
Queens Vaad think no one Chareidi is going to know what happened last week at the run for Israel because it is far away from Kew Gardens so one is going to see.It just like when they doing kashrut in Long Island, it is worse than than in Queens because they don't think anyone religious is going to see whats going on in Long Island.
A rov who investigated the KSA hashgocho told me to stop using it.He originally thought they were satisfactory based on his knowledge of Rabbi Lisbon.But here is the problem ...Rabbi Lisbon is being somech on 100s of Chabad rabbis throughout the United States and abroad to be his mashgichim. There is an upmach in Lubavitch that they all farloz on each other regardless of how much of an am haaretz or whatever problems they might have going on. And it's not like there are major prerequisites for being a Chabad shaliach.Many of the Chabad mashgichim for KSA are rejected by the OU and other hashgochos because even superficial checking up on them reveals that they are clueless & useless.
Why do you emphasise "ALL" in your heading when this has nothing to do with the "rest of us". I don't see these brands in Australia and as far as I know, there has been no warning from the LBD etcIt's important to remember that the USA is not "ALL" of the world.
Goyim understand what some rabbonim do nothttp://www.fjc.ru/news/newsArticle.asp?AID=1223211As a sign of respect for the Jewish community of Irkutsk, the city authorities have prohibited drivers from parking automobiles near the central synagogue in Irkutsk on Shabbat. The new regulation became law at the beginning of this week.This decision shows the respect that the City of Irkutsk and its officials have for the local Jewish community and its religious traditions. Car-owners who live near the synagogue were approached and agreed in advance to this act of respect to the Jewish community.“We are grateful to the municipal authorities for taking considering our community’s needs,” commented Chief Rabbi of Irkutsk Aaron Wagnerhttp://www.frumcommunity.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1527&view=topic&forumid=5&postid=5077The head of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens, NY went to Las Vegas last year to prevail upon a former congregant of his to cease publicizing the un-Orthodox activities of the Young Israel of Las Vegas. Young Israel filed a slander suit in Nevada court (without permission of a Bet Din) against the former congregant of Rabbi Aryeh Sokoloff, Rav of the Kew Gardens Synagogue, to stop the congregant from publicizing (among other items) that the synagogue refuses to obey the long standing Young Israel requirement of closing their parking spaces on Shabbat as required by the Young Israel Constitution. What is even worse, Young Israel claims the shopping center where the shul is located requires them to keep the lot open. But that shopping center is owned by the same Orthodox Jewish family that owns Mall of America. It is unthinkable the Ghermezian's company would require a shul to keep parking spaces open on Shabbat! To claim the Ghermezians make them keep the parking spaces open on Shabbat is among the worst kind of Lashon Hara.
It seems that Mr. Spotlight is losing it. He just gave them a 'being dan l'kaf zechus' logic.["We suspect that the posek either is not aware of the endorsement at all or was.." ]Moshiach may be on his way! WOW!
Spotlight was saying from the beginning that he thinks that someone high up in VHQ, maybe Y.S., is calling all the shots and forcing C.S. to go along with it like a lemella, while leaving the posek Rav W. in the dark about some of their decisions.Moshiach vet kummen if VHQ clean up their act.
Back to that bar mizvah at Yankee stadium under Star K this past Shabbos.WABC reports that there plenty of empty seats at the boxing match later on so the organizers gave free tickets to everyone at the bar mitzvah.Did the Star K mashgichim attend the match too? Since the time of the Roman gladiators there is an issur to watch "sports" events that consist of people attacking each other.The Lubavitcher boxer, who was previously unbeaten, was taking a real pounding from the Puerto Rican. His wife begged the referee a few times to stop the match because she was afraid he would be seriously injured. The match was finally ended when the Lubavitcher was knocked down and couldn't stand up again.
What's with this big emergency email going around today from the Vaad that they pulled the hashgocho "effective immediately" from both Piyaz restaurant and Falafel Kitchen (same owner) for "multiple policy violations"?Are these real kashrus concerns or politics?And will the Vaad take them back to keep them out of the hands of the Bocharian hashgocho as has happened elsewhere?
Shhh! Rabbi Chaim Schwartz holds it's very important that kashrus scandals not become public knowledge as he made clear at the AKO convention so you have no right to know why the hashgocho was pulled!
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15222281?nclick_check=1The indicted former CEO of the SK Foods tomato products company is trying to get a hold of all correspondence the company had with hashgochos as part of his defense strategy.SK sold to the major companies under OU & OK.Is he trying to rat out the hashgochos or are they in cahoots to protect each other or what else could be behind this?
http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/salt-mixup-creates-hot-542197.htmlThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionA customer at an east Cobb County restaurant didn't think his french fries tasted right Friday.The man told Ted's Montana Grill employees, and three others also tasted the fries.The problem? A metal cleaner had been used in place of salt.A call was placed to 911, and firefighters and police were sent to the restaurant."It was called "fryer cleaner" and it looked just like Kosher salt," said Officer Joseph Hernandez with Cobb County police. "A cup of this cleaner was left out, and it was mistaken for salt and ended up in a shaker."
http://www.rescuechocolate.com/pages/fbqOK certifies this chocolate company that donates 100% of profits to animal rights groupshttp://rescuechocolate.myshopify.com/pages/who-we-helpOn the list of beneficiaries are anti-shechita groups like the Animal Rights coalition.Is there anything OK will not stoop to to make a buck?
No apologies are in order for not abiding by Rabbi Schwartz's executive order to cover up kashrus scandals. That would make things too convenient for the Queens Vaad when hard hitting questions need to be asked.The freye chayos who own Piyaz & Falefel Kitchen were not trusted to have the keys to their own restaurants. Then they scream at and berate customers who inquire about kashrus, sometimes telling them to leave because they will not be served.Could someone remind us why people like this should be given a teudah in the fir$t place? Vo$ zog$t du?Then the mashgiach has to travel overseas and things get completely chaotic. The temp mashgiach then quits because he was being treated like garbage by the owners.The Queens Vaad comes down to check things out and discovers there is no mashgiach, after being lied to and sent on a wild goose chase.The Queens Vaad should have never allowed a situation to develop where there is no mashgiach, even for an hour or a minute.But then again, this is par for the course considering some of the "kedoshei elyon" non-orthodox Jews who quietly make Vaad approval with no mashgiach either.
I heard an unconfirmed story that the restaurant owner may have had a set of keys in violation of the agreement with VHQ.It does make sense as it's the only way of getting into the restaurant if the mashgiach quit.This is why many hashgochos will not certify goyim and mechalelei Shabbos. Even with a mashgiach temidi, you don't know what they are capable of.Going back 10 years, even the Flatbush Vaad stopped taking new accounts if the owner is not frum. (I hope we don't get an angry outburst from a certain VHQnik that the other hashgochos are putting on a PR show, ma sheain kein anachnu who are the real deal. Respect is earned.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKuZp38DJz4&feature=player_embeddedI guess R' Yudel doesn't hold of the kashrus at official White House events either.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3899686,00.htmlThat event put on by the Eldridge St Shul with the weak kashrus associations turned out to be even weirder than first thought.It was a joint celebration of Jewish & Chinese culture.And I'm told by a rov involved in kashrus that the Rabbi Harry Cohen who certifies event sponsor Zaro's Bakery, once joined the Conservatives in suing NY State for "discriminating" against them with the original kosher laws. Harry Cohen's distinction was that he was the only plaintiff who claimed to be orthodox, but his kashrus standards were in the same boat as the Conservative.
Not clear who gives hashgocho. It seems to be a frum owned company that is listed on heimishe websites.Bethel Livestock Farm Bethel, NY 845-583-6059The phone number is registered to this person:R Franklin483 Happy AveSwan Lake, NY 12783http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100608/BIZ/6080322/-1/SITEMAPThe Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development has secured a $50,000 loan to help a local farm establish an organic micro-dairy.Bethel Livestock Farms will produce organic milk and distribute it to natural food retailers in the lower Hudson Valley and metro New York.The company plans to add several employees, an administrator and equipment to its facility as it develops demand for its products.The farm features environmentally friendly practices, all-natural veal and poultry, and has introduced kosher and organic milk products.
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