Category Archives: General Interest

Chief Rabbinate List of Approved Liqueurs & Whiskies

26 Shevat 5774 January 27, 2014 Following is a list of approved liqueurs and whiskies released by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. It is imperative for one to read the accompanying letter which explains to what extend the Chief Rabbinate assumes responsibility for the kashrus of the items appearing on the list. Sorry, no translation read more »

Rabbi Ben-Dahan to Establish a State Kashrus Authority

20 Shevat 5774 January 21, 2014 Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan is working to establish a nationwide Kashrus Authority under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. This new entity will result in changing the long-standing arrangement by which a mashgiach providing hashgacha for a local rabbinate will no longer be read more »

Tu B’Shevat & How and What to Check

2 Shevat 5774 January 3, 2014 Baruch Hashem in a few short weeks we will be observing Tu B’Shevat, which today appears for many to be synonymous with dried and fresh fruits. As such I am providing a link to the various rabbonim and institutions with their instructions as to what fruits require inspection and read more »

Coming Soon – Kashrus Cops

27 Teves 5774 December 30, 2013 Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan plans to establish a kashrus police force. Currently, there is a very small force which is officially assigned to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Kashrus Enforcement Unit. The unit is composed of a handful of inspectors who are read more »

Updated List of Restaurants and Caterers Under Badatz Mehadrin (R’ Rubin)

23 eves 5774 December 26, 2013   The updated list below was sent to me today, 23 Teves 5774. One is reminded to always check for a valid teudat hechsher when visiting an eatery.                    

An Early Start on Tu B’Shevat

23 Teves 5774 December 26, 2013 Yes, I am aware that Tu B’Shevat is a few weeks off, but why not get an early start. Perhaps if you are familiar with the inspection process of the items you plan to buy, this knowledge may influence your decision for you may realize some fruits are too read more »

Eida Clarification Regarding Donuts

28 Kislev 5774 December 1, 2013 Supermarkets and stores at times sell donuts that originated in bakeries under the supervision of Badatz Eida Chareidit. Some of these stores defrost the donuts and reheat them in the store without Eida kashrus supervision. The badatz only assumes responsibility for the donuts if they are sold in a read more »

Consumers Must Read Labels Very Carefully

25 Kislev 5774 November 28, 2013 Too many shoppers in Israel are under the illusion that everything is kosher on one level or another and therefore, one can simply buy anything without concerns regarding kashrus. Unfortunately this is not the case today and we are compelled to read labels and teudot kashrut towards determining if read more »

Hello, is Anyone Out There? Do You Hear Me?

12 Tishrei 5774 September 16, 2013 What has me the most frustrated about Jerusalem Kosher News is not the hashgachos, for sadly; I have come to not expect much from them. In fact, it is not them, but you, the reader, the kosher consumer in Eretz Yisrael that I blame. For me it is nothing read more »

Eating Out in Israel on Sukkos? Is the Sukka Under Supervision?

12 Tishrei 5774 September 16, 2013 I was wondering [again] if hashgachos on hotels/restaurants take responsibility for the sukk during Sukkos. As such, I decided to once again attempt to contact some of them and ask. Following are the responses I received in the order I received them. (I was very careful in translating since read more »