Regarding Rosh Hashanah ‘Simanim’

8 Elul 5773
August 14, 2013

The following information pertaining to the Rosh Hashanah ‘simanim’ is a translation of an alert published by the Badatz Eida Chareidis on 8 Elul 5773. A copy of the original Hebrew alert appears below.

This year, specially grown [insect free] leeks will not be available. As such, one may use regular ones providing one adheres to the following conditions.
1) It is not recommended using the upper green leaves and 5cm (2 inches) of the white portion of the leek.
2) Outer layers are not recommended (3 layers of leaves)
3) One must separate the layers and soak in soapy water for five minutes and then rinse under a running water. One then inspects oppose good lighting for small insects which may be brown, clear, light or light yellow in color.

Beet Leaves
One should only used the specially grown [insect free] variety which has a label as follows: Badatz Eida Chareidit, Jerusalem. One must separate the leaves, soak in soapy water for 3 minutes and wash under running water.

Dried Rubia
(Rashi says Tilsan, a type of shamrock or clover)
This includes the product in packages with Badatz logo.
They must be soaked in water until the outer layer appears transparent. They must be checked well, one at a time. If one finds signs of a hole of blemish, one must then check them inside as well.

Due to high presence of infestation in some dates, one must check them especially carefully.

Fish heads sold in stores with an Eida Chareidis hashgacha are free of concerns regarding infestation.

The Eida Chareidis only assumes responsibility for fish stores displaying an original valid teudat kashrut from the Eida.

One should be diligent in inspecting foods to make certain they are free of infestation. This includes legumes, rice, seeds (pitzuchim), spices and the like.



  • Perry Zamek
    August 14, 2013 - 13:26 | Permalink

    Dried Rubia is probably white beans, not what we would call clover, which is a grass with small leaves.

  • walter
    August 14, 2013 - 15:18 | Permalink

    Yechiel. You are doing a great job.

    I wish you and yours, even this early, a shana Tova umtuka
    Walter Bingham

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