Sunday, May 31, 2015

Aleph Institute fund raising activities, scam alert

Do not share any names of  your family, contacts or associates or with any Aleph Institute's associates. They are utilizing the information just to raise funds for their questionable Organization.

Aleph Institute will tell your contacts concocted stories of all of the good they are doing for you and all other inmates, they might believe them. It's a scam to raise money.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Atert: Aleph Institute's reps in the penitentiary system may actually be "shtinkers".וד"ל


Anonymous Anonymous said...
It's simple. They come in n befriend some unsuspecting fellow. He feels spiritual next to the "rabbi" btw these rabbis don't need to know too much or have any decent smicha just the name and a beard and a deep drive for money.

So the rabbi returns n gets the guy to talk. As long as the rabbi has your confidence your secrets are safe with him EXCEPT for one thing, your new rabbi is a phony and he just turned over all your info to the Feds. For what? Must be something very good in it for him.

Then he gets paid on government contract for "religous visits" and then he shnoors from every wealthy person in the land, forgetting to mention they were already paid by the government contract. Now what? Figure out a new govt contract to come up with maybe for dancing with the inmates on simchas Torah, hey that's a great idea. Game players. Send a copy to your uncle in Flatbush give him the opportunity to get the story straight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng43p5pUWZY

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Update: Hashgocha in a shtut should be a "service" by the Rabbonim.

Hashgocha in a shtut should be a "service" by the Rabbonim.

Sadly, Hashgochas even in a shtut became a money driven entity.

Recently one has stepped up to the plate to provide a mehadrin standard Hashgocha as a service to the shtut. 

There is no charge to the establishment for the Hashgocha.

Of course the Mashgiach, etc. must get paid a salary.

It's based in Lakewood, New Jersey. The Administrator is R' Moshe Bressler Phone: (732) 886-9007  (extension #4)

In Baltimore, a relatively new yeshivish hashgocha does 

not charge the establishment. 

Alert: Shatnez headbands


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rav Shmuel Wosner, OB"M re: infestation "whom to ask"


Many newspapers, magazines, etc publish recipes with a misguided disclaimer;

"Many ingredients are prone to infestation. Please ask a local Rav for guidance re: infestation". 

According to Rav Shmuel Wosner, the Local Rav is not the one to ask re: infestation, you must ask only an expert in infestation.

Rav Shmuel Wosner, זצוק"ל stated on more than occasion that the  רמ"א ש"ע יו"ד סימן ס"ד סעיף ז " וסדר ניקור אלו החלבים צריך ראיה מן הבקי בניקור , ואי אפשר לבאר היטב בספר" 

Rav Wosner said this halachah is for every area in kashrus, one is to ask the "expert in that area" not the Ruv. 

Rav Wosner said that the Ruv is to sit in the Bais Medrash and obtain from the "mumcha / expert" the facts, and דער רב איז נישט דער מומחה, דער רב קען געבען דער פסק לוט דאר מציאות וואס דער מומחה שטעלט אראפ .

The ר"ן among others state that the opinion of the מומחה outweighs all others, no matter how many disagree with him.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Update: Kashrus alert: Portobello and exotic mushrooms

Kashrus alert: Portobello and exotic mushrooms are infested, including USA product.
On the portobello mushrooms, the gills on the underside must be scraped and removed prior to use.
Note: There are Lakewood based Rabonim that consider themselves experts in insects, they are advising people that Portobello mushrooms never have insects.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Beware: Once your'e client, you'll remain a client for ever.

It's a well known fact, that Psychiatrists, dermatologists, therapists,  chiropractors,  once your'e client, you'll remain a client for ever. 

Now there is a new one, If you go to a Bai$-Din in Borough park (run by a Bobov-48) you'll always be coming back to them for more $ittings. Called a " ישיבת בית דין"

Even the P$ak is deliberately written in a manner that will make you come back time & again.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Update: Aleph Institute- Where do your donations go to?

Correction: Aleph Institute will be providing cheese cake for shavous at the prison commissary. The charge is $2.50 a slice "all the money goes to the Aleph institute". 
Looking for a donor for the cheese cake. 
8 inmates at @2.50 a slice= $20.00 


In Aleph Institute Mission Statement they only claim to provide spiritual but no physical needs such as food, etc. For those item one must go the Catholic or Muslim Chaplains.

So what in the world does Aleph Institute need donations?
They only need some minimum contributions at most.


Clarification: The Prison system tries very hard to accommodate their needs. The issue is the Aleph Institute, they don't realize that prisoners are to be treated as human beings. (hat-tip to Aleph chaplains, if there are any?)


 What does the 501 (c) 3 Aleph Institute do for the prisoners?
Ah! Aleph Institute's mantra is "kim'aht"!

Hot water for shabbos? NO!
A warm meal for Shabbos? NO!
Lechem Mishnah for Shabbos? NO!
Any other accommodations? NO!

OH! they put them on tefillin, and daled-minim. (during the week) 


Your donations are going to whose pocket?
Rabbi in charge may have the answers.
RABBI MENACHEM M. KATZ
Director of Prison & Military Outreach
Address:
9540 Collins Avenue
Surfside
Florida
33154-7127
United States

E-mail:mmk@aleph-institute.org
Telephone:(305) 864-5553 ext. 14
Fax:(305) 864-5675
http://www.aleph-institute.org



Saturday, May 02, 2015

Better than OU!

Better than the OU?

Monday May 4, 2015 5:33 PM -
beech-nutBy Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
In an interview in Mishpacha’s current issue, the co-owner of First Choice baby foods tells of his impetus for starting his business:
“I’m a chassidishe guy - I got married at 19. We had a baby, and when we went to the grocery store, my wife took the Beech-nut jar off the shelf - that’s all they had. I said, “Let’s try to get one with a better hechsher. You get water with a hechsher, salt with a hechsher - why not this?
My opinion may not count. I have been known to buy water without a hechsher. But when faced with the choice of competing hechsherim, I will usually prefer the OU insignia to that of a mom-and-pop outfit.
It’s been decades since I last heard OU kashrus characterized as run by a bunch of modernish rabbis who spend most of the day mixed swimming with their wives who don’t cover their hair, and got semicha through a multiple-choice test. It wasn’t true back then, and it is certainly not true today.
Having had many friends who worked in kashrus, I’ve heard all the stories - the good, the bad, the ugly. I know that anyone who walks into the daily mincha minyan of the OU mashgichim has to be impressed by their yiras shomayim, their credentials as talmidei chachamim, and the diversity of yeshivos from which they came. I know that many kashrus decisions today require technical skills to analyze complexities of modern food technology. The new guy on the block just doesn’t have the experience and access to specialists that larger outfits like the OU has. And I would never, ever want to trust a for-profit kashrus organization (i.e. where the mashgichim or administrators gain or lose depending on whether a particular account is retained) when I could chose a hashgacha like the OU in which pecuniary gain is not a direct issue. I also appreciate the fact that the top of the halachic pyramid at the OU is occupied by two recognized authorities, not one. Add to that some items that the small guys don’t provide - the transparency about policies, access to mashgichim, and a data base of issues and answers.
Unfortunately, while no kashrus agency has a perfect record, the stories I’ve heard about some of the smaller operators leave me even more committed to the OU. These include the selection of personnel by some of the other agencies on the basis of beard length and nusach davened, rather than competence. Or, when faced with the really intractable problems, having to go elsewhere for advice and for important ingredients - usually to the OU!
Always eager to learn, I looked to the rest of the article to find out what makes some other hechsher better than that of the OU. When nothing showed up, I went to the “About” section of the company’s website. Nothing there either about wanting to offer a product with a “better” hechsher than the OU. I did learn, however, that the company’s products are under the supervision of the OU. (They are also serviced by several other agencies, all of whom charge for their overlapping services. Kashrus, it seems, has become more partisan than a congressional joint subcommittee meeting. The costs of having multiple hashgachos, of course, are passed on to the consumer. Insisting on “better” hechsherim than the OU has a price - and we, the consumers pay it.)
While I have little use for water with a hechsher, I would guess that HKBH loves the dedication of the individual consumer who insists on what he or she believes are hidurim in kashrus. I am staking a lot on a conviction that He also appreciates those with a dogged commitment to the bottom line in Shulchan Aruch that does not demand those hidurim as a matter of law, and to the approach of many sugyos in Chulin where Chazal permitted entire classes of foodstuffs - without supervion at all - because they considered any objections to be not of real halachic concern.
I don’t believe for a second, however, that it is ever appropriate to go for the hidurim at the expense of basic competence. I’ll go with the OU.
Likely, the interviewee who uttered those few ill-considered words was just having a bad day.
Must have been something he ate.
This article first appeared at CROSS CURRENTS.
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