Monday, February 19, 2018

Update: Alert: Aisle 9 Lakewood- KASHRUS ALERT

RE: Their pre-checked vegetables... AND PREPARED FOODS-should not be used. They are clue-less in infestation.

Rabbi Shmuel Spiegel, Shlita et al Posted a sign that one should must re-check (by an expert) the Aisle-9 pre-checked vegetables. 
[Therefore do NOT eat any of their checked vegies]


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ALERT: Some Matzah bakeries; "shocking"- [How many Matzos to the pound, i$ your true co$t]

It's a well known fact that lately the "winter wheat" is lacking sufficient "gluten". The Matzah bakeries add some "spring wheat" that has a higher "gluten". Must check if the Spring wheat is ישן 

Chasidim in general are not makpid on Yoshon, is their bakeries therefore not yoshon friendly?

Some Matzah bakeries use SINK TAP WATER for  .מים שלנו

They will put into the chaburah matzos  by the packing (pre-packed non your chabura "shitas ha'Rosh")

Some Chasidishe Matzah bakeries feel justified in overcharging for chaburah matzos to "non-Anash" (yeshivish oilum).

Justifications: Terutzim:
We have a minimum for using the ovens.
The bakery doesn't have enough sticks, so it takes longer, so you pay more, etc.
Etc. ......

An Anash comes to the chasidish bakery asking for chushivah chaburah matzas. They say sure we have just what you are looking for. THEY SELL HIM  the chaburah "rejects" sh'hiyas, kefulos, soft matzah, etc. FOR CLOSE TO $40.00 A LB.

Make sure to establish a clear price, or go to another bakery.

Why are so many leaving Lakewood Matzah bakery?? including sfardim &

NO KCL? and  Roshei Yeshiva buying matzos there? es past nisht

                Roshei yeshiva say          "Nuhr far di einekelech"!

Besides the  ones that need their picture in the paper! (with the plastic apron) and of course the price??? 

On the other hand, If kashrus is everything? use Puppa-Tzeilim Bakery in Willy.
Note: Satmar / Broadway redid their entire bakery-check it out

The Lakewood Matzah Bakery is actually "kosher self-certified". "Bake your own Matzah". Their big draw is "chaburah". חבורה היא מכה הכתובה בתורה ר"ל

Lakewood Matzah Bakery Chasidish Hashgocha is only on the wheat that it wasn't חמץ when it was cut

The chasidish Hashgocha does not include;
The finished matzas.
21-22 minute matzos.
The Oat matzos.
The bakery in General.
Non-kashering after Oat Matzos.

  הרה"ג ר' משה שטרנבוך  and the Minchas Yitzchok have negative teshuvas re: using Oat Matzos on Pesach, especially the ones used by Lakewood Matzah bakery.

NOTE: Caveat emptor= Buyer beware!
Lakewood Matzah bakery is for show n tell & photo-op,
Get you picture in the shopper, voice, scoop, etc

Puppa tzeilim is the place for kosher matzos, including their oat matzos.
Their Oats are not steamed or heated at all.

UPDATE: "1" stop matzos-Only in Lakewood- some of the ATTRIBUTES

They run a very secretive business-holier than thou!

All of Their matzos are put into the oven within 22 minutes from when the water comes in contact with the flour. Sorry if you thought that it must be within 18 minutes- This is Lakewood.

The oats for the Oat Matzos are "steamed / heated to 250F for 10 minutes.
NOTE: They claim that it's not heated, yet they decided to make the machine Oat matzos without timely cleaning because the "oats" can't become chometz anyways-"because they were heated / steamed already."

The 2 Hahgochas on the boxes are most probably that the box & the string don't contain starch.

Don't think anything is wrong, it's just you haven't smelled the coffee yet.
With all of their attributes, you don't have to feel pressured to use their matzos even with a cheap price, You could always try one of the other bakeries that go  !על פי מסורה

 The KCL used to be the hashgocha on the Lakewood matzah Bakery, the bakery saw through their politics (not kashrus) and threw them out.

Pesach matzos- Hand and machine- Oat, etc

Oats have a bitter enzyme that must be neutralized. The method used is by heating the Oats and the internal moisture will steam & neutralize the bitter enzyme. By the Gluten Free Matzos made from Oats, they are heated on trays in a tunnel oven. They are heated to 250 F +- for ten minutes. The process may cause the oats not to be acceptable for pesach matzos-Talk to a knowledgeable Posek.
Note: The Lakewood matzah bakery says their oats are not heated at all. It may be that they are just unaware. Based on our information, it's heated as stated above.

May one use Matzos that went into into the oven approx. 22 minutes after the water was poured into the flour. Some claim that they count the "18 minutes" from when it gets worked into a dough, which is actually 22 minutes.  All for the unsuspecting yeshiva leit.

The only recommended machine matzah is the Beit shemesh chaburah machine with only Bdatz She'airis yisroel.

Others claim that there is a written teshuva on this issue, but they don't want to give it out.
Reb Chaim Shmulevitz, Z"L writes by Mechiras Yosef, a psak that can't be publicized is "botul" and has no halachic validity. So there is no written teshuva per se.

Normal process at an Israeli facility that produces machine matzos is to stop & dismantle & clean the machines every 18 minutes. Normal clean-up & dismantle take 25-35 minutes, an expensive procedure. In order to economize and give Lakewood Yeshiva leit an affordable machine matzo, the matzoh bakery was instructed to dismantle, etc only once an hour, thereby bring down the cost per hour, hence they could sell the matzos for less to the unsuspecting yeshiva leit. Are they still calling it 18 minute, or mehudar?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

a must see video

Rabbi Belsky on Kashrus "minhag amerika"- Update

Rabbi Belsky exclaimed that the fault of the low standard of kashrus in America is due to the  fault of
the "STAR-K",
including the following;

The Star-k's "light-bulb" Bishul yisroel- Reb Shlomo Zalman said it's also the cause of Intermarriage.

Shechita-  The OU would have upgraded the Shechita standards and addressed more of the concerns of Shoichtim and mashgichim if not for the fact that the Star-K would then move-in and take over the plant and of course make a disaster of the kashrus-they've proven it many times over.

Pesach products- The OU policy was upgraded that there was full time mashgichim at Pesach productions. Along came the Star-K and told the companies "Star-k" does not require full time hashgocha for Pesach productions, so the OU had to buckle.

Chinese products- The OU knows the problems of certifying Chinese foods products and expense of proper Hashgocha in China and therefore they instituted a very strict hashgocha. Along came the Star-K to the Chinese scene and proclaimed "it's over-kill", we could practically give a Hashgocha without so much as inspecting the facilities. A letter on Company stationary is sufficient.

Shabbos- Food service Hashgochas include the laws of v Shabbos, Bishul akum, etc. The OU instituted somewhat proper halachik standards for food-service. Along came the Star-K with their kullos, Rare prime-rib may be put into an Oven Shabbos morning by a non-Jew. Convection ovens do not need to be by-passed for Bishul yisroel purposes.

The Star-k certified ovens, refrigerators are designed that the Shabbos observant consumer is transgressing Biblical restrictions.

Infestation- The Star-K may preach some form of adherence to the laws of prohibiting consuming infested fruits & vegetables, but in fact they laugh it off completely.

The Star-K certifies Cholov akum (aka-treif) products via their star-D .


Saturday, February 10, 2018


New Age Missionary outfit "Hippocrates Health Inst." targets Orthodox Jews in Monsey next Tues. 

BSD-30.Shvat, 5778

Hippocrates Health Institute is one of the oldest New-Age missionary outfits in the US.

It's been targeting Orthodox Jews for many years.

The HHI event set for Nanuet, NY next Tues. is exceedingly dangerous, because it is deviously designed to dupe naive Yidden who are NOT the New Age type, and therefore not seeking problematic therapies or ideologies.

We have an obligation to alert those who would avoid it if they'd only know.

And their nisayon is made harder due to other frum yidden enabling New Age missionary work in our communities.

Unfortunately, where there's money to be made, there are usually a few Orthodox natives willing to dupe (themselves and) their friends and associates into falling under the influence of Minnim and Epikorsim.

Please spread this information widely.

(Some more relevant information is available in the Sefer "Rav Belsky on Alternative Medicine" regarding New Age Medicine, etc.)

The family you save may one day become your own.

A good Chodesh.

Rabbi Noson Shmuel Leiter, Executive Director,

Tomim Tih'yeh,

c: 845.642.1679

f: 914.268.9012

Thursday, February 08, 2018

I think that you would want to publicize this L'toeles
I purchased the new Gefen Granola French Vanilla in NPGS around three weeks ago - awesome granola. Well, today I'm eating it and notice a bug!

Then I check - and there are two more in just the small ziploc bag that I filled up.

I got home and spilled out the carton on the counter and lo and behold - another few bugs! 

I called NPGS and they were horrified. The kashrus manager ran to the shelves and personally checked FOUR cartons - he said that there were no bugs at all.

However, my carton is infested completely, and I just opened it yesterday.

Bugs are coming from the inside - not from my home.

This should be publicized for everyone who may have purchased from this run.

Whomever purchased this granola when it was on sale in NPGS for 2/$5,

should check their boxes.

Friday, February 02, 2018

"UNCHECKED" Dole red Cabbage at NPGS

Star-K says that NPGS claims the Lakewod Oilum is not makpid on kashrus.

The stores that feel that Lakewood Oilum are makpid on kashrus
carry the Kosher-Garden brand.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Aisle 9 - Gevald-If you are looking for kosher? stay out of there

ALERT!! There is "NO-Hashgocha" on the store.

R' Yudel,

Aisle 9 in Lakewood are out to deceive the customers especially the one that think they could find there anything kusher.

Anything they make or pack should not be touched. Don't rely on their hashgochas either. 
Their pre-washed & checked is infested.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Botei Dinim and their Toi'anim are a major problem that must be addressed-Is ADR an option?

Article appeared in Hamodia פרשת ויחי תשס"ו

There is popular misconception that we can close our eyes to issues that fall under the category of "NIMBY" (Not in my backyard). The following allegory illustrates how what's not in your backyard may in reality be much closer than you think.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might that contain?" the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house! The chicken clucked and scratched her head and said "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it's no consequence to me. I can't be bothered by it".

The mouse turned to the goat and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house! The goat sympathized but said "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers".

The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house! The cow said "Wow" Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose." So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night, a sound was heard throughout the house-like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmers wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with chicken soup, so the farmer went to the farmyard to fetch the main ingredient for the fresh chicken soup. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the goat. The farmer's wife's condition wasn't improving. So many people came to the house that the farmer slaughtered the cow to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness."I warned them all-but they knew it was only my problem". Remember, each of us is a vital thread in another persons tapestry; So the next time you hear someone in our community is facing a problem and you think it doesn't concern you, remember-when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED!
(Wake up and smell the coffee!) עורו ישנים וכו

For a lesson in life, go to the following:

Winston Churchill: "The truth is incontrovertable, Malice may attack it, Ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."


Reb Noson Wachtfogel OB"M described what "Emes" looks like:
An old, slow moving, hunched back,
with a cane in each hand,
every one poking fun at him etc.

"UBB'ER - ER - VET - UN'KUM'EN, - Tzum - Soif.
* * * * * * * * *
Hi Rabbi,
Because of your blog, I along with some of my friends are trying to be more careful in what we put in our mouths. We are in brooklyn. What meat & poultry brands do you recommend. Also I sometimes need to buy bet yosef because I have sephardic guests, can you recommend someplace? Much appreciated. Keep up the good work.
I must say I was bit skeptical about your accusations against agri as they do have the hashgocho of the OU & KAJ who are.... I met last week with a shochet who I know personally to be a yarei shomayim, he's been to AGRI & saw them in action & he told me it's a disaster. He said he even questioned some of the shochtim there & they admitted that they themselves won't eat the meat that they shechted by AGRI. I am no longer skeptical.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Israeli Persimons

Persimmons are now coming from Israel,
and need hafrashas terumos ummasros.
Maaser Shaini right now.
In a few weeks if they are importing them at that time,
will be ספק מעשר שני ספק מעשר עני
Interestingly, not every persimmon with the Sharon label is from Israel,
there are persimmons from Spain and USA under the brand too.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Who is Gershon Spiegel- the Toen Rabani-???

מה טיבו?
If Gershon Spiegel is a borer or "toen"?
only go to the RCA Bais din.
עצה טובה קמ"ל

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lakewood et al-

MAILBAG: The Alcohol-Drinking At Prominent Yeshivos Is Out of Control And Being Ignored

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This headline may sound familiar to many. I’ll remind you. In August, I wrote a letter to YWN titled “The Alcohol-Drinking At Yeshiva Camps Is Out of Control And Being Ignored”. Now I’ve decided to change the word “Yeshiva Camps” to “Prominent Yeshivos”.
It may be a bit harsh, but things are getting a bit out of control.
First off, I hope all of you just had a wonderful Purim. Wait, Purim? Have you been drinking early? It was Chanukah last week, not Purim! It was Chanukah at your family Chanukah party perhaps, but in the most prominent of Yeshivos it was PURIM.
Hatzolah in many communities had many calls for intoxicated Bochrim on Chanukah. At one very prominent yeshiva located in Upstate NY, Hatzolah needed Paramedics for one boy. In Lakewood, I heard from multiple Haztolah members that there were “intox calls” at Yeshivos as well. To say this clearly, the booze was flowing like water at these Yeshiva Chanukah parties.
While discussing this topic with my nephew in Eretz Yisrael, he informs me of a new fad called “Drunken Dreidel,” played by bochurim in dirahs of prominent yeshivos. Based on a graphic description from my nephew, it seems this ‘game’ entails taking turns spinning the dreidel and knocking down shots of vodka based on what letter the dreidel lands on. If it lands of a “Hay,” then everyone drinks a half a shot. A “Gimmel” would be a full shot for everyone etc. By the time the game is over, the boys are nearly passed out.
I’ve heard stories about Bochurim even getting arrested for disorderly conduct on a night of Chanukah! The famed Mashgiach at one of the most prominent Yeshivos was busy getting Bochurim out of jail instead of focusing on the more important things… like banning local stores from being opened past 11PM…..
There are stories every Shabbos in Yeshivas of Bochrim dead drunk in the dormitories.
I can go on and on and I should probably start naming Yeshivas. This is Pikuach Nefashos Mammish!
Nothing is being done about this. Nothing at all.     Our community is in total denial.
But lets all keep our heads in the sand and pretend that we don’t have a crisis on our hands.
Do these Roshei Yeshiva have any idea what an “AA” meeting looks like in the Frum community in 2017? They are PACKED with Frum people. Just wait until year 2025 when the number triple and quadruple. We are raising a generation of drunks.
What are these Yeshivos waiting for? Do we need a few boys to die of alcohol poisoning before people boycott these Yeshivos? Why is the “zero tolerance for a smartphone” enforced but the drinking epidemic being ignored?
I am demanding that the Yeshivas take action before I and others like myself take appropriate action to ensure the problem is dealt with another way. We will make sure your Yeshivos are (legally) exposed and blacklisted by every single family in America.
Thank you for publishing my letter, and I am sorry for being so harsh, but the reality demands this.
Yeshaya Dovid Braunstein – Lakewood

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Disease in disguise- Silence is not an option- Li'Chaim

Communities in crisis

Dinners / parlor meetings- limited to 2 bottles of up to $20.00 @
No Ruv should sell w/ chometz-no more than 1 bottle per household.

I'm not that familiar with all of the pratim; what I do know is that more and more people, especially the under 40 chevra are becoming addicts...they are seen in big numbers at AA meetings, and Rabbonim admit to me that it has become a major issue in their kehillas

Drinking in ModerationBy Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
The use of alcoholic beverages is a primary example of something that our Torah permits, yet prescribes definite limitations. In fact, there are Scriptural references, which are reinforced by Chazal in numerous ways, concerning the need for moderation in drinking alcohol. Indeed, the Talmud (Yoma 76b) relates the very word yayin (wine) to the word yelala (woe).

The rise of substance abuse, including alcohol, among adults and teenagers in our community is very troubling. Children who witness adults engaging in alcohol consumption—beyond what is reasonable or necessary for halachic purposes—learn that alcohol is a substance to which one can resort when looking for fun or when trying to alleviate feelings of anxiety or depression. Using alcohol this way can lead to addiction, with all of its serious consequences.

Then there is all the all-too-common phenomenon known as the “Kiddush Club.” These clubs consist of those who leave shul during the Haftarah reading on Shabbat morning to drink single-malt scotches and other liquors, often to excess. This practice disgraces the holy words and messages of the prophets found in the Haftarot; ironically, it is these very messages that these individuals would be wise to learn. I have personally witnessed how the effects of practices such as Kiddush Clubs can sometimes be literally lethal.

An Orthodox Jew cannot limit his concern to the kashrut of ingredients but must also consider the kashrut of his personal demeanor and the example he sets for others, especially children.