Author Archives: JKN Israel

Chodosh Updates from Rabbi Yoseph Herman

19 Shevat 5777 Yoseph Herman, 15 Feb 17 WINTER WHEAT PROBLEM REVIEWED In mid January ‘17 we were informed by a mashgiach that matzos under his hashgocho are made from a combination of winter and spring wheat, contradicting our assumptions generated from the inception of the Guide to Chodosh that matzos are always exclusively from read more »

Rabbi Herman Cancels Chodosh Winter Wheat Alert

URGENT CHODOSH BULLETIN  FROM THE GUIDE TO CHODOSH Yoseph Herman, 6 Feb 17 WINTER WHEAT PROBLEM ALERT IS HEREBY WITHDRAWN! About 3 weeks ago we were informed by a mashgiach that matzos under his hashgocho are made from a combination of winter and spring wheat, contradicting our assumptions generated from the inception of the Guide to read more »

Going to a Hotel for Shabbos/Yomtov

The following is a summation of an article published a few weeks ago by Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita. For those unfamiliar with the rav, in addition to being a Chief Rabbi, he is active in kashrus in Israel and familiar with many aspects of kashrus. He is also a member read more »

Urgent Chodos Bulletin from the Guide to Chodosh #2

Yoseph Herman, 25 Jan 17 CHODOSH PROBLEMS WITH WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTS, Update #2 (New information since the previous bulletin is marked by * ) We have just been made aware of the fact many if not most products that in earlier years have always been made with only winter wheat which is Yoshon, have this read more »

Urgent Chodosh Bulletin from the Guide to Chodosh

Yoseph Herman, 24 Jan 17  CHODOSH PROBLEMS WITH WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTS, Update #1 We have just been made aware of the fact many if not most products that in earlier years have always been made with only winter wheat which is Yoshon, have this season been made with a blend of winter and possibly Chodosh read more »

Chief Rabbinate Alert Regarding “Taam V’Teva” Catering in Beit Lechem HaGlilit

Inspectors in the Chief Rabbinate’s northern district found that the Taam Teva catering company owned by Mr. Guy Keshet had treif meats in his refrigerators. The company’s hashgacha was suspended pending a hearing and an investigation. Correction: In a recent posting pertaining to infestation in peppers,  from Rabbi Moshe Vaye, I erroneously wrote one must read more »

Alert Pertaining to Peppers from Rabbi Moshe Vaye

In a kashrus alert pertaining to peppers dated Kislev 5777, Rabbi Moshe Vaye reports that all bell peppers of all colors must be inspected for thrips. Rabbi Vaye explains it is difficult to distinguish them because of the build of a pepper, hence he recommends removing the stem with the top of the pepper and read more »

The Eida Chareidis and Identifying Jelly Donuts

Back in the day, Chanukah in Israel was synonymous with jelly donuts, which were parve. As the years passed, the jelly donut market expanded to a lucrative filled donut marketplace, including items ranging in price from a shekel or two to NIS 15 for donuts with icing, decorations, and fillings one would find in exclusive read more »

Chief Rabbinate Alert: Store in Machane Yehuda Advertises as Kosher But Isn’t

Special update from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel National Kashrus Division: A food stand operating in Machane Yehuda by Mr. Yehuda Ochayon welling meat, schnitzel, filled items (cigars) and other items used the symbol of Badatz Yoreh Deah (Rabbi Shlomo Machpud). In fact, the store does not have hashgacha from Rabbi Machpud or any agency. read more »

Alert Regarding Olive Oils Ahead of Chanukah

19 Kislev 5777 Following is a list furnished by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel National Kashrut Division exhibiting photos of olive oils that found to present bogus hechsherim or using a legitimate hechsher without authorization. It is pointed out that such products often present many problems including; orla, shmitah produce, unauthorized ingredients, kashrus for Pesach read more »