Author Archives: JKN Israel

Sofer Training – Warning for Innocent Future Soferim

3 Marcheshvan 5775 October 27, 2014 By Rabbi Moshe Flumenbaum In a time when many young yeshiva and kollel men are looking to earn money they consider their options, most prefer an option which would keep them in a Torah environment. One popular option is becoming a sofer. In reality learning to be a certified read more »

Not All Soferim are Alike

In many ways Soferim are like physicians. There are many types and many subspecialties among medical physicians. The same is true for Soferim. A Sofer is a generic description of a halachic functional, who is been trained in a particular defined area of technical practical halachah. In general, the Sofer is someone who was trained read more »

Updated Kosher Liquor List Websites

27 Tishrei 5774 October 21, 2014   Rabbi Shmuel Semelmn, who has been working in kashrus for many years, has become a known authority for many regarding the kashrus of whiskies and liqueurs. His websites have been updated and are now offering information in three languages. English site: Hebrew site: French site:

A Bit of Clarity Regarding Shmitah (1)

25 Tishrei 5775 October 19, 2014 It has been some time since the website has been active but shmitah compels an awakening. I continue to receive many inquiries from perplexed consumers regarding shmitah and the terms that are unfamiliar to many, especially residents of The Diaspora. Permit me to strongly recommend attending shiurim on the read more »

Meet “The Shmitah App”

25 Tishrei 5775 October 19, 2014 B”H, once again Am Yisrael is privileged to observe the mitzvah of shemittah. Today modern day lifestyle which includes travel and importing and exporting of foods around the world compel all kosher consumers to familiarize themselves with the minimum halachos to be certain what to look out for. This read more »

Kashrus Restored to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital

15 Sivan 5774 June 13, 2014 The Chief Rabbinate of Israel announced that the hashgacha has been restored to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital following the intervention of Rabbi Avraham Yaakobson, the Chief Rabbi of Be’er Yaakov. Rabbi Yaakobson worked with hospital officials to reach an agreement by which the rabbanut’s demands for mashgiach coverage, sifting flour, read more »

Dansh Chocolate

7 Sivan 5774 June 5, 2014 The following information was taken from the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Enforcement Unit update number 018/5774, dated today. The package shown in the photo is chocolate produced outside of Israel and has a hashgacha from Chug Chassam Sofer Bnei Brak and approval from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The importer, read more »

Prohibited Fats in Lamb

7 Sivan 5774 June 5, 2014 The following information was taken from the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Enforcement Unit update number 018/5774, dated today. Lamb imported to Israel from the Monte Carlo Company in Argentina has remnants of ‘cheilev’, prohibited fats, the Chief Rabbinate reports. The meat is imported by the Ma’adanei HaTalei Company. A technical read more »

Grey Goose Vodka Without Hashgacha

7 Sivan 5774 June 5, 2014 The following information was taken from the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Enforcement Unit update number 018/5774, dated today. The Chetzi Chinam supermarket chain is selling Grey Goose Vodka imported by S.K. Spirits without a hashgacha or approval from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The same product when imported by the read more »

Unauthorized Use of Hashgacha Logo on Vodka

7 Sivan 5774 June 5, 2014 The following information was taken from the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Enforcement Unit update number 018/5774, dated today. Bottles of Kremlin Vodka display a hashgacha from Badatz Beit Yosef. A check with the badatz reveals the product does not have kosher supervision. In addition, the vodka is imported without approval read more »