The rabbi’s chassidic look and pronounced beard and side locks are perhaps compelled to take a back seat to his marvelous personality and genuine willingness to pass his wealth of knowledge along to others. He is quite the upbeat fellow, and I for one was impressed, grateful as well, regarding his willingness to give me hours of his time.
What began as an interview of another Jerusalem hotel actually became a day-long adventure, one that benefited me greatly. Rarely do I have an opportunity to have a one-on-one sit down with someone of the caliber of Rabbi Yosef Fink, the rabbi and chief mashgiach of the Crowne Plaza Jerusalem. Anyone in the loop regarding kashrus in Jerusalem in particular, or in Eretz Yisrael and perhaps the international community has heard of Rabbi Fink, a veteran personality in the field, a reference manual for questions pertaining to kashrus, ‘isur & heter’, ‘basar v’chalav’ or what have you.
He possess a working knowledge of the real deal vis-à-vis the Israel kashrus scene, and he was kind enough to answer many of my questions, providing me with a wealth of information towards bring JKN increasingly accurate and in-depth reports.