Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Kashrus Dilemma

                                          A common Kashrus Dilemma?

The machines were running almost 24/6 at Mandel’s Matzah Factory. In the months before Pesach, tons of matzah were being produced.

One day, the factory mashgiach (kashrus supervisor) received a recall notice regarding a certain shipment of flour, about which there was a serious kashrus question. He checked the code and realized a large number of runs had already been made with the questionable flour.

Immediately upon hearing this, the mashgiach halted the production. “There was a recall notice on the flour we’ve been using,” he notified Mr. Mandel.

The mashgiach then contacted his superior at the supervising kashrus agency. “There is an urgent kashrus question at Mandel’s Matzah Factory,” he said. “There was a recall notice on the flour we’ve been using. We’ve already produced over a ton of matzah from that flour shipment.”

The halachic advisory board convened. After a tense hour of debate, they ruled that the matzos were permitted b’dieved (de facto) based on a combination of lenient opinions, in consideration of the great potential loss (hefsed merubeh). However, they prohibited baking any more matzos with that shipment of flour.

Pesach 5776 (2016): Kashrus ALERT: Ma Nish'tanah CRC- Hisachdus (Brooklyn)?????? "ANASH"

The CRC- Hisachdus had vitamin "D" in their Pesach Golden Flow milk.

They knew their are deceiving their "ANASH" Chassidishe consumers.

They did it behind the backs of their Rabbonim [Puppa Dayan & Tzeilemer Ruv]

The Puppa Dayan said that "legally" they don't have to put in the Viatamin "D".

CRC Hisachdus- is known to deceive the consumers that aren't "ANASH",

Now they are deceiving even "ANASH"!

Sachdis zugt-"nur kinder und kimpatorin trinken mil'ech", iz vus iz zoi geferlich?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Noted Mohel Rabbi Eliyahu Shain interview in Minn.

Alert: MIR DINNER attendees: Why would a caterer[Shick] change to a [R' Usher Ekstein] Heimish Hashgocha?

Why would a caterer[Shick] change to a [R' Usher Ekstein] Heimish Hashgocha?

A caterer may change to a Heimish Hashgocah to attract a clientele that may want an upgrade in kashrus standards.

Or the caterer is looking for an easy way "to beat the system". How?

A popular caterer changed hashgochas to R' Usher Ekstein, a Heimish hashgocha that allows non-mevushal wine, using infested fruits & vegetables, Bishul Akum, etc. You can experience the fallout tragic situations at some of the conventions, e.g. 
Mir - Yerushalem,
weekends, weddings, sheva brochos, bar-mitzvas, Thanksgiving and other "chuga parties", etc.

Bring your own Sandwhiches.
The R' Usher Ekstein Heimish hashgocha only requires the mashgichim to have the look, the dress (gartel, chalat, chadish hat, etc) but lacks the kashrus knowledge in Kashering, system for controls, milchig, meat & parve, staff control, infestation, etc.

They get away with it all, because no one asks, questions, is interested, etc.
Become an educated kosher consumer- "Stop-Look-Listen- Don't assume!

Monday, March 20, 2017

For those that turn over their kitchen to pesach (2 weeks in advance)

The family has nothing to eat for 2 weeks.

Intravenous must be an option for them.

Hotels for Shabbos Hagadol are $400.00+ Per person

Bonus: All the Yom Tov food is from the freezer, no fresh food.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

nuts for pesach


ASHDON FARMS Brazil Nuts BARNEY BASICS Almond Flour CAL-BEST Walnuts CAL-PURE Almonds, Pistachios
CALIFORNIA ROYALE Almonds CVS ABOUND Walnuts DIAMOND Almonds, Mixed Nuts, Walnuts ELIZABETH'S NATURALS Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Pistachios GOLDEN KERNEL Brazil Nuts
GOLDEN ORCHARDS Almonds, Pistachios HILLCREST Walnuts ITAC Brazil Nuts KIRKLAND SIGNATURE Almonds, Walnuts MEMBER'S MARK Walnuts NATURE'S JOY Almonds

NICHOLS FARMS Pistachios PARAMOUNT FARMS Almonds, Pistachios PRIMEX Almonds, Pistachios SSC Cashews STAR SNACKS Cashews STOP & SNACK Walnuts SUNSET ORCHARDS Walnuts

SUNTREE Brazil Nuts, Pistachios T LINE Cashews TRADER JOE'S Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts VICTORIA ISLAND Almonds, Pistachios WONDERFUL Almonds WONDERFUL ALMONDS Almonds

Why you should shop at other stores not at Gourmet Glatt for pesach

Gourmet Glatt wouldn't even carry the one kosher machine matzah baked by the Beit Shemesh Chaburah Machine Matzos for pesach.

There is always Season, Evergreen, etc.,

 or some other stores

Pesach list

PESACH 5777-2017 RECOMENDED LIST (sefardim *) Must say kosher for Passover
Note: In general, OU-“P” grocery items  with no heimish  hashgocha on package is a usually a  preferred pesach product. Otherwise the OU, will rely on some of the Heimish Hashgochas, and we know the concerns.

ASPIRIN-Walgreens only w/ bar codes 311917037424/ 311917037417
ALUMINUM FOIL- All year Hashgocha-Any
Almond milk- Lieber

Baby formula- MATERNA from Israel (separate keilim) -J&J, Ross, similac LeMehadrin 1,2,3, Sunrise
Baking powder-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, Gefen,  OU-P
Borsht- Gefen-Mishpacha,  OU-P

Cake Cookies- oberlander, Bake master, Reismans Schick, Elegant, lillys, Chantillys*not for sfardim-need Bishul yisroel

Canned vegetables-Shop-rite, any OU-P, mishpacha, gefen
CANDIES- Bdatz Yerusalem, Rabbi Illowitz, Brazil , OU-P
CHEESE, CREAM, BUTTER- J &; J, Mehadrin, Haolam, Norman’s, Givat
Chocolates,etc Chocolate chips-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, carmit, OU-P,  Seton
COCOA Powder- Hersheys OU no P required, cocoa mix-Mishpacha –  OU-P

COFFEE INSTANT- Nescafe Tasters choice unflavored, Geffen  decaf, any OU-P
CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL & sauce-Mishpacha, Gefen, Kedem- OU-P
CROCK POT LINERS- Geula, Fantastic, Reynolds- OU-P

FISH- King of the Sea, Melech Yam, Dagim  Meal Mart, Fishy Neiman, Freunds, A&;B, Royal
FLAVOR EXTRACT- Bakers Choice, Gefen
FROZEN VEGETABLES- Brocolli, Spinach, Cauliflower- Positive, Kosher Garden, B’Taam only

Dag Yam- see salmon

Dried fruit-w/OU P, yumzee, manishtana, joseph Xavier, setton, not raisins or figs from any one (use craisins-OU P.

Frozen strawberries, blueberries- only Kosher Garden. none other even w/ hashgocha
FRUIT CANNED-Mishpacha, Gefen , -   OU-P
Garlic fresh must be peeled &; rinsed well-Frozen- Gefen, OU-P

GRAPE JUICE- Mishpacha, Gefen, Kedem, Schwartz
GROCERY ITEMS- Mishpacha,Masbia, Hadar, Meal Mart, , Gefen,   OU-P
Gold’s products with   OU-P-

HONEY- Mishpacha, Broad, Gefen, -   OU-P
Horse Radish- Flaum, Tuv Taam,   OU-P
Hotel for Pesach- Greenwald's Seaview
ICE CREAM- Mehadrin, Kleins no strawberries, raspbrries

JUICE- Golden Flow, Mishpacha, New Square, Lakewood farms, Natures own (if made in Bayonne, NJ) Kedem

All Orange Juice- MUST BE FILTERED w/ 100 mesh PRIOR TO USE-Dvash, golden flow, new square, Lakewood farms, fresh n healthy, Tropicana,

KETCHUP- Mishpacha, gefen, -  OU-P
KOSHER GARDEN- PRE-CHECKED VEGIES & Herbs, spinach, romain, brocolli

KUGELS- Meal Mart
LEBEN, YOGURT- Mehadrin, J&J, Norman’s. Givat strawberry &; blueberry is from liquid-NO GEVINA BRAND w/ fruit

Lemon juice- Real lemon &; Lime OU no P required
LIQUOR-Slivovitz, Tam Pree, Carmel

MATZOS-HAND - Pupa-Tzeleim-prefered, Yad Binyomin, komemious-hand matzah only, beit shemesh w/ skver

MACHINE MATZOS- Beit Shemesh Chaburah only w/ she’aris Hashgocha.

Matzos- OAT- Only puppa tzeilim. All others, the oats are pre-heated don’t use!!
MACAROONS- Oberlanders, Gefen
MARGARINE-Eden, J&J, Mehadrin, Mothers, Haolam ,
Marshmallows-Elyon, Gefen, Golden Fluff
MAYONAISE- Mishpacha, Gefen,,   OU-P
MEAT- Fishels, Solomons, Alle , Birds Boro, Tevas-Rav Miller, Continental (Canada),  Royal, Satmar butchers BP, Fltbs, Willy, Continental butcher Monsey, Kosher Village,  Kosher west,

NO- Tevya's,  Agri Star

Bais Yosef Beef-  Birds boro, Alle Aurora, Teva (not Tevya), fishels, Solomon's, Kiryas Joel.

MILK-Golden Flow, Pride of the farm (all milked before pesach), New Square, 

NUTS-Bakers choice, Klein’s,   OU-P, Costco w/ OU-P, all unshelled nuts-no BTH or BHA, Nuts Galore
OIL-Cotton-seed, Roberts, Pereg, Manischewitz, Mishpacha, Masbia, Hadar, , Gefen, Nut-Ola-  OU-P 

OIL-HAZELNUT / WALNUT- Taamon w/ aidah, Gefen, lieber- check dates-over a year may be rancid
OLIVE OIL-GEFEN Pesach-(made a production with hahgocha from press through bottling) Aida


Note: OU on olive oil is not acceptable

PARCHMENT PAPER-Geula,   OU-P or star-k p
POULTRY- Pella, Mehadrin, Skver, Kiryas Joel,  Birds Boro, Mehadrin
PICKLES- Flaum, Tuv Taam-   OU-P

Positive- pre-checked vegies &; herbs, spinach, romain, broccoli, etc
POTATO CHIPS, STCKS- Blooms NOT Bloomys, Schwartz, Liebers, Golden fluff
POTATO STARCH- Mishpacha, E&;S, Gefen,   OU-P
POTATOES-INSTANT/MASHED- Mishpacha, dependable,   OU-P
PRALINE PASTE- Bakers choice-  OU-P

Quinoa- None- Aida sys is Kitnious

*RICE-For sfardim that use rice- LUNDBERGS
ROASTING BAGS- Geula, Reynolds

ROMAINE LETTUCE- positive- All others require washing &; checking  

No Romaine whole heads, No Romaine Hearts No Andy Boy even with hashgochas
Spices- Pereg , Mishpacha, Masbia, R&;L, Hadar, .   OU-P

Sardines-Melech yam, Dagim from morocco

Salmon- canned   "None”

SUGAR-White granulated USA W/ Pesach e.g. Domino,   OU-P
SALT non-iodized-W/ Pesach-  OU-P
SELTZER-UNFLAVORED-with pesach hashgacha-OU-P
SELTZER FLAVORED-  OU-P, Vintage all flavors “P”
SOAP PADS- Mishpacha, Geulah, Gefen, Rokeach,   OU-P
SODA- American dry, Be’er Mayim, Caffeine free Coca Cola, Classic Cola, Diet Cola, Mayim Chaim, Mae Tovim, Pepsi W Bdatz, Seagrams, Sprite ALL W/ PESACH HASHGOCHA-   OU-P

TEA INSTANT-Swee-Touch-Nee, Wisotzky, Nestea, LIPTON-  OU-P
TEA BAGS-Lipton, Pathmark, Shoprite, wisotzky, Gefen-  OU-P
TOMATO PRODUCTS-Mishpacha, Gefen-
TOOTHPASTE Personal items- Zohar, Adwe, OU-P
TOPPING-Eden, Mishpacha-Gefen,

VANILA SUGAR-Mishpacha, Bakers Choice, Gefen-

Tuna- Shop-Rite   OU-P,Dagim, Mishpacha, King of the sea, Melech Yam, Season, Star-Kist   OU-P

VEGETABLES CANNED- Mishpacha, Gefen-  OU-P
Vinegar Balsamic- KEDEM Not Bartenura-VINEGAR- Mishpacha, Kedem

WINE-Carmel, NYS Kedem w/ Tzelem, Dalton.

ALL WINES- Check that no wheat paste was used as sealant-Gluten-Free

Friday, March 17, 2017

Rav Y. Aizik of Slonim

HARAV YEHOSHUA AIZIK OF Slonim would say that certainly Bnei Yisrael committed a grave and terrible sin with the Golden Calf. Nevertheless, they were still on a higher caliber than our generation. At that time, the Jewish People were willing to throw their gold and silver into the fire, just as long as they would have a god.

Today, on the other hand, there are so many willing to abandon G-d, as long as they remain with their money! 

We were attacked, not physically per se

Reb Yudel how could you say that the local Matzah bakery is for Show n Tell?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

מים שלנו Issues

THE מים שלנו PARADOX
There are 2 opinions in Klal Yisroel for הלכות  which are based on the שקיעה. There are those who follow the first שקיעה (sunset). Everything before sunset is called יום  (day) everything after the sun starts setting is called בין השמשות . After a certain number of minutes (the different opinions for this are out of scope) it becomes לילה. For those who follow the second שקיעה this takes place 57.5 minutes after the first שקיעה . everything before then has a דין of יום. From 57.5 minutes till 72 minutes is בין השמשות . After 72 minutes it is לילה.

It is very easy for one to adhere to both opinions; for מצות which need to done in the timeframe of יום just make sure they are completed before the שקיעה ראשונה , for מצות which need to be done in the timeframe of לילה  just make sure to start them 72 minutes after sunset. For the הלכות of מים שלנו there is no way that one can adhere to both opinions therefore the following issues arise.  The רמ''א says that the water should be drawn סמוך לבין השמשות .  For those who adhere to the first שקיעה  this means very close to sunset. For those who adhere to the second שקיעה this means about 50 minutes after sunset.

If you follow the first שקיעה  and you are baking in a bakery which belongs to a Kehila or has a client base which follows the second   שקיעה  you have to make arrangements for the מים שלנו for your מצות to be drawn before sunset. In a situation such as this the bakery should ask you to purchase all the מצות baked on your time, since their customer base considers the מים שלנו drawn before sunset נשאבו מבעוד יום  and not סמוך לבין השמשות by virtue of a time span of almost an hour between when the water is drawn before sunset and the second שקיעה at 57.5 minutes after sunset followed by  בין השמשות, this cannot be categorized as סמוך לבין השמשות .

The issue we have is, this is not happening. The bakeries are telling you the water was drawn before sunset and they are selling the overage from your baking to their customer base. This is a major רעותא  in the נאמנות of the bakery stating that the water was drawn before sunset since this is not  the type of water their customers are expecting. The only way that the bakery can be trusted in this scenario is if the RAV HAMACHSHIR issues a letter that he permits the use of water drawn before sunset to be used for all מצות baked in the bakery. If you cannot get such a letter you can assume that the water was drawn 50 plus minutes after sunset. This would categorize the water as מים שנשאבו אחר תחילת הלילה .

Even though after the fact  the מ''ב permits this type of water in סימן תנ''ה ס''ק ד' he does write as follows וז''ל וכל שכן שלא לאחר לשאוב אחר כניסת הלילה . The issue now is if you will be baking in this type of bakery and you cannot get a letter from the RAV HAMACHSHER should you switch in order to follow the words of the Mishnah Brurah וכל שכן שלא לאחר לשאוב אחר כניסת הלילה . Also is it worth paying several dollars a pound extra for these מצות. If you have already baked under the above scenario should you return these מצות and look for other מצות.


Kemach brand yoshon info


We are aware of the recent concerns around some Yoshon products being blended with Chodosh (spring) wheat.
Please be assured that all KEMACH products that say "YOSHON" on the package/label remain 100% YOSHON, and all Yoshon information on our website remains valid and current.

Since our inception, Kemach has been at the forefront of providing quality "Yoshon" products for our customers. As much as we wish it were true, it is a misconception that all Kemach products are Yoshon. We try whenever possible to make sure that our products remain Yoshon for as long into season as possible. However, unfortunately as is the case, many of our products have a point in the year when they become "Chodosh". Below is a list of Products, dates, and codes that can help you keep track of the Yoshon status of our products. We will try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible.
If you ever have a question regarding the Yoshon status of any one of our products, or a suggestion for this page of the website please don't hesitate to call us, or email us at:
UPDATED: February 17, 2017                       (printable version)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The problem & the solution. It's simple.

 A store / caterer / restaurant, etc. that doesn't carry the best kosher products for the kosher consumer!

No Birdsboro Poultry or beef, including their Bais Yosef.
No Solomons beef, including their Bais Yosef.
No Beit Shemesh chaburah Machine matzah.
No Positive or Kosher Garden produce.
No Liebers Potato chips.
No Sacramento tomato juice.
No Gold's products.
No Tofuti products.
No Red Gold tomato products

Either ask them to carry those products,

Or Shop where they care about kashrus and do carry it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

UPDATE: (All) besides beit shemesh chaburah- current Machine-Matzos may indeed be problematic for Pesach, serious chometz issues- Gourmet Glatt update

Don't use the machine matzos from ...........etc.

There is only "1" one pesach machine matzo bakery  Beit Shemesh- Chaburah, Israel that  does NOT have the chometz problems, as it is all the same temperature the whole way. It is therefore a shorter oven in length. 

  The Beit Shemesh Machine matzos are available in the USA supermarkets , 
but not in any of the GOURMET GLATT stores.

Is it because kashrus issues is not their forte? Rabbi Eisen says; we'll overcome all kashrus concerns. Are we still on the Mehadrin list? Why can't somone get a kosher machine matzah at GG?


Others have made machine matzos at Beit Shemesh but used certain unacceptable leniencies. Only use the Beit Shemesh Chaburah Matzos under  She'airis yisroel.

Reb משה שטרנבוך in חלק ד' דף צ'also seems very concerned about the use of machine Matzos on Pesach Reb Yonason Steif Z"L was also concerned about these machine matzos.

Lakewood Towship didn't bother responding [twice} WHY?

Mr. Raymond Coles, Lakewood Township Mayor
Lakewood Township Committee
Lakewood Municipal Building
231 Third Street
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701

February 12, 2017

Dear Mayor Coles, et al

In the Towing Ordinance; please insert the following;
4-6.6 #d – Administrative fee [is not applicable when towed to other facility or residence] 

4-6.8 # g- ….If the owner [, driver or their representative] requests a private towing….

4-6.8  #K  Second paragraph should please add in the following;

 It may be requested by the [owner, driver or their representative] of the vehicle, to have the vehicle towed to another place of business or residence within [3 miles of] the Township of Lakewood, by the on-duty towing service.

4-6.8 # r- 6- The log shall be made available to the chief of police, or  his designated representative or a member of the public upon reasonable notice.] note; (see section “o” above “or member of the public….)

4-6.13 Should be inserted the following; … not immediately available [(fifteen(15 minutes of notification)].

Thank you,

Yehuda Shain

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Chometz alert: Deja Vu- OK did it again LACTIC ACID

[Ask the OK for the Lactic Acid "Nitra"report re: the chometz issues;]   זה $ וזה $ גורם is the OK's Heter!

ALERT: "Lactic-Acid"  OK-P  should not be used. Serious chometz issue.
OU among others  etc. does not allow it in their products.

OK Poiskim agree that it's a chometz issue. They were over by the OK senior staff.
Any Pesach product with a Heimish Hashgocha, if it has OU you are safe.
Don't use if it has an OK.

Any pesach product without an OU, check with the certifier if they are using the OK Lactic-Acid.

Heimish- Ungers beans infested "Deja vu" . Buy the GOYA brand, they are the cleanest. Quepasa?

It's live-בא הרוג ברגליו

Birdsboro poultry is tougher than others because they "don't use hormones, etc"

Monday, March 06, 2017

ALERT: Some Matzah bakeries; "shocking"

Some Matzah bakeries use SINK TAP WATER for  .מים שלנו

They will put into the chaburah matzos  by the packing (pre-packed non your chabura "shitas ha'Rosh")

Some Chasidishe Matzah bakeries feel justified in overcharging for chaburah matzos to "non-Anash" (yeshivish oilum).

Justifications: Terutzim:
We have a minimum for using the ovens.
The bakery doesn't have enough sticks, so it takes longer, so you pay more, etc.
Etc. ......

Make sure to establish a clear price, or go to another bakery.

Zika in Florida Affects Pesach hotel reservations

Dr. Shanik: Zika travel ban still in effect
Feeling bad you didn't go to Miami for midwinter?  Dr. Shanik Lakewood's pediatrician says at this point adults of child bearing age should not go to Miami, due to the threat of contracting the Zika Virus. He will reevaluate the ban in next few weeks but as of now other areas in Florida are ok. He released this statement 6 weeks ago. 
 "While there have been no new cases of Zika Virus in the last 45 days there is still a partial ban on travel to Miami Dade county for at least the next month. This still means that no women of child bearing age and/or their husband should travel to Miami Dade county, Florida due to the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, also anyone  that
travels to that area can bring the virus back and cause further spreading locally....