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.........
REVISED UPDATED SUMMARY OF THE WINTER WHEAT
The US produces 2 wheat crops. Winter wheat is planted before
pesach and harvested after pesach. After the harvest winter wheat is always
Yoshon. Spring wheat is mostly planted after pesach. It is Chodosh from its
harvest in the July-September time frame until the following pesach. Spring
wheat is higher in protein, winter wheat is lower in protein. The protein is the
“glue” that hold the dough together. Spring wheat is used for chewy products
such as breads, rolls, challahs, bagels and pizza. Spring wheat is also used for
noodles and pasta. Winter wheat has been used when we do not need a chewy
product, such as matzos, crackers, many cakes and cookies. It is also used where
protein is not important, since it is cheaper. Until recently we took advantage
of the rules of thumb developed over many decades of which products are always
made from winter wheat and therefore have no problems of Chodosh. Apparently
over the recent years the protein level of winter wheat has been steadily
dropping due to agricultural conditions, until foods that used to be produced
from pure winter wheat can no longer be produced unless some spring wheat is
added to fortify its protein level. The Guide to Chodosh was not aware of this
change until a very short time ago. The problem we face is that many old rules
in this area are no longer necessarily valid. We have no idea yet of how broad
is the problem of spring wheat being added to the winter wheat. Some mashgichim
have also not known about this. Therefore we face the formidable and time
consuming task of exploring which food categories are at issue and if they are,
which brands of packages may be using some spring wheat.
ITEMS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS PROBLEM
All foods that have always used spring wheat are not
affected. Therefore, all Yoshon bakeries and pizza shops will continue to
produce Yoshon using the arrangements in place from before. This includes
breads, rolls, challahs, bagels, pita, pizza, etc. All noodles and pastas also
have not changed. For all these items, the Guide to Chodosh should still be
FOODS AFFECTED BY THIS PROBLEM
We still do not have an idea of broad are the categories of
products affected by this problem. However, the known scope continues to expand.
At this point each item has to be examined individually. This is such a
formidable task that it can take a long time, perhaps beyond pesach, until we
start to have handle on what to recommend. Even items with a Yoshon hashgocho
need to be checked to make sure that the mashgiach has been aware of this
change. Here is a partial initial list which needs to be investigated: matzos,
matzo meal, items using matzo meal such as gefilte fish, breaded items, meat
loaf and other applications where flour or matzo meal is used as a filling and
binding agent. Baking flour, both flour produced for home baking and for baking
cakes, cookies, crackers and pretzels professionally. Candies that contain
CHODOSH PROBLEMS WITH WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTS, Update #4
PRELIMINARY LIST OF ITEMS USING ONLY YOSHON
All items made in Israel under any reliable kashrus
MATZOS FOR PESACH: Several hand matzo bakeries that we have
contacted say that they are adding spring wheat to their winter wheat flour.
However they make sure that the spring wheat is Yoshon from last year. We hope
to have a list of such bakeries compiled before pesach.
BAKING FLOUR: Gold Medal flour from factory KC (KC next to
the date), All Kemach flours, all purpose and high gluten. (For other flours,
including Heckers, we do not have any information yet.)
BAKING FLOUR WITH ADDED SPRING WHEAT: Bob’s Red Mill
“100% hard red winter wheat”
Dole lettuce: [is infested, regardless which hashgocha] is permitted. Blueberries:[is infested, regardless which hashgocha] is permitted. Strawberries: [is infested, regardless which hashgocha] is permitted. Rosemarry: [is infested, regardless which hashgocha] is permitted. Edible Flowers: [is infested, regardless which hashgocha] is permitted. Fruits & Vegetables that require checking by experts, is KCL permitted even when non experts are just going through the motions but don't know at all what they are doing-Minhag KCL. Etc. Come one come all, learn from the KCL how to check infestation: New Method: לטהר השר"ץ בק"ן טעמים כפי מנהגי KCL