7 Cheshvan 5773
After my report yesterday I spoke with the owner of the store, Mr. Yaron Sheetrit. We spoke at length and I learned the following, which I believe is appropriate to share with you are this time.
1. He used to be under the hashgacha of Jerusalem Rabbinate mehadrin and at his behest, the hashgacha was removed.
2. For reasons that are not relevant for this report, he decided to obtain a hashgacha from his own rav, Rabbi Chaim Shapira
3. Mr. Sheetrit maintains that he store remains legitimately mehadrin, above the standard demanded by the local rabbinate.
We agreed that I will pay him a visit to get to know one another personally and to permit me to review the store. I will do this blei neder as soon as my schedule permits. I will share my findings with you, the readers.
In addition, I explained to him that his private hashgacha is “illegal” in the eyes of the state kosher law since he must have a local rabbinate hashgacha too. This is not my concern, but wanted to make him aware of this matter too.
I also told him that the certificate which he posts is too familiar to the Jerusalem Rabbinate mehadrin certificate and despite being a different color, I fear that he may be inadvertently deceiving clients since I received emails from readers who state they thought it was rabbanut mehadrin. He promised to change the certificate promptly to avoid this since it was not his intention.
So stay tuned for a more expanded report on the store. I must say Yaron left me with the feeling he is most sincere and more than willing to have his store checked, perhaps even anxious to do so, since he told me kashrus has always been a high priority for him.
This is why I removed the original posting from the website.