Chief Rabbinate Update 014-2009

Chief Rabbinate Update 014
April 7, 2009
13 Nissan 5769

PIZZA HUT WARNING
The following URL referring to “Pizzot” states a number of Israeli branches of Pizza (http://www.pizzot.co.il/article.php?art=3). The website lists the following branches as selling kosher for Passover items while this is NOT the case.
170 Derech Amir in Tel Aviv, 11 Bialach Street in Ramat Gan, 56 Ben-Gurion Street in Herzliya, In the Spiral Building and Peninat Eilat area in Eilat, Chorev Center in Haifa, Derech Ramatayim in Hod HaSharon, 91 Weizmann Street in Nes Tziona, 47 Weizmann in Kfar Saba, 6 Lishniski in Rishon L’Tzion West and 2 Aaronovitz Street in Cholon. 

The Chief Rabbinate reports the branches are not kosher for Passover, adding most of the locations are not even kosher under Rabbinate supervision year round. (See photo of item 1 in PDF Hebrew original).

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COCONUT MILK
This year, Kara Coconut Milk imported to Israel is not kosher for Passover, despite displaying an OK supervision and Rabbinate approval. Shoppers and merchants are warned the supervisions exhibited on the product are not legitimate. (See photo of item 2 in PDF Hebrew original).

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SUGAR LIGHT
The Petach Tikvah Rabbinate reports that regarding the Sukar Light artificial sweetener from the Biskol Company, it must state “kosher of Passover” on the original packaging, not an added label. If the product container does not state “kosher for Passover”, the product may not be used. (See photo 3 in PDF Hebrew original).

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TZANUBAR SEEDS
The Pitzcuchei Tzanubar Company’s Tein Pri line is marked “kosher for Passover  on labels that were placed on the item, apparently by the distributer. The Bat Yam Rabbinate reports some of the dried fruit products are indeed kosher for Passover but to ascertain regarding the packages with labels, one must contact the firm’s mashgiach, Rav Yitzchak, at 054-333-2078.

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BEAUTY CARE
The Karnei Shomron Rabbinate reports that HaRav Yitzchak Halevy Shlita is in no way affiliated with the kosher supervision of the Beauty Care product despite claims to the contrary by the firm’s marketing and customer service representatives. (See photo 5 in PDF Hebrew original).

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REMINDER TO CHECK WINES BEFORE PESSACH
One is reminded to check bottles of wine to ascertain if any are Otzar Beit Din from shmitah year, requiring ‘biyur’ from one’s home prior to Pesach.  This is mandatory if the quantity is greater than enough for three meals for each member of the household. In order to do ‘biyur’ one must take the wine outside and before three people announce anyone wishing to take the wine may do so. One must also remember the wine carries Kedushat Shvi’it and therefore one may not spill off from the cup as is customary on Pesach at the Seder.

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SIMILAC
The Chief Rabbinate import division wishes to clarify Similac Top 1,2,3, and Similac Advance 1,2,3, all from Ireland, as well as Similac Isomil from Holland are kosher and OU certified. (This year, out of the ordinary, they are approved for Passover despite not displaying an OU-P). The items mentioned are approved by the Chief Rabbinate – containing kitniot. (See photo 7 in PDF Hebrew original).

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Rabbi Yaakov Sabag
Chief of Kashrut Division

Rabbi Rafi Yochai
Chief of National Kashrut Fraud Prevention

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