An Update from Jerusalem

9 Elul 5770
August 19, 2010
kotel-sunrise1Good morning folks. As we wind down efforts on the Ramat Beit Shemesh/Beit Shemesh Kashrut Guide, the general information posted to the list has fallen victim to redirected efforts, albeit commendable ones if I do say so myself.

I do however wish to share a number of small [however prominent] announcements.
1. The Jerusalem Rabbinate (mehadrin) has prevailed regarding Chochmat Burekas (Machane Yehuda) to remove his plastic and paper bags showing the hechsherim of R’ Landau Shlita and Badatz Chug Chatam Sofer Petach Tikvah. While he does indeed use pastries with those hechsherim, that does not constitute a hechsher and therefore, printing the symbols on his bags is unacceptable. On the many boxes that he printed in advance, the symbol of R’ Landau has been crossed out with a black magic marker. You see, things can change, one store at a time.

0122. Rabbi Yigal Ben-Ezra of Badatz Beit Yosef has promised me to remove the similar bags from the Phyllis Bakery in the Shuk, also showing R’ Landau and Chatam Sofer, while he has a hechsher from Beit Yosef. I will continue monitoring and pestering the BBY to make the move — remove the bags or the hechsher.




halva-kingdom-shuk3. Perhaps I can enlist your assistance. As I reported earlier, I went to the folks at the Eida Chareidit to pull off the “Eida Chareidit” sign from the store sign of Mamlechet Halva (also shuk Machane Yehuda).

I was promised that this would be done in an expeditious fashion, but I report sorrowfully that as of this morning. No change.

This is where you come in. Please, call the Eida Chareidit office (02-670-0205) and ask why the teudat kashrut is not on display.

If you are told the place does not have an Eida hechsher, then ask why no one is removing the “Eida” sign from the two stores operated in the shuk by this fellow, duping thousands of shoppers (at least) every week. Remember, the phone calls worked and compelled Agudat Yisrael to replace its hechsher in the shuk, only two years after expiring, and we can hope that sufficient phone calls will compel the Eida to make good on its promise to remove the illegal sign as well.

rbs-speech-44-214. If you missed my first RBS performance, you can do tshuva before Rosh Hashanah. The event is scheduled to take place in Beis Tefillah Yonah Avraham on the evening of September 1st. See the shul’s website for contact information and whatever, as well as a glimpse at the previous lecture, which is also the result of much hard work and effort by Jo’s Club, which seems committed to sponsoring good causes for the shul and the RBS tzibur.



5. To the growing number of readers sending the well-intentioned emails telling me that the announcement regarding kashrut in Tzfat arrived numerous times, I promise, I only sent it to the Google listserve once. It appears Google may be experiencing problems.

I am sorry my post is annoying your inbox, but promise I only sent it once. Should this arrive more than once, ditto!


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