Thursday, April 19, 2018

Star-K Shabbos Mode appliances- It's an issur Gumur!

Star-K's Shabbos- Mode appliances are ossur to use.
It all started a number of years back on "Mesifta-Di'rakiah" [short-wave-radio]. Rabbi Moshe Heineman stated that on Shabbos in a Shul one may "ki'lachar-yad" turn on or off the alarm on shabbos.

A participant stated that he has a magnetic type switch that one can use for the alarm on Shabbos that would be permitted even according to the "Chazon-Ish". An individual asked on the program can one reverse a magnetic polarity on Shabbos....? Rabbi Heineman responded forget the magnetic type switch "the Chazon-Ish is only a DAAS-YOCHID", & do it ki'lacharyad.

The STAR-K also utilizes the light-bulb to accomplish BISHUL-YISROEL.
Reb Shlomo Zalman's comment re: Star-K's light-bulb Bishul yisroel.."one of the main causes of Intermarriage R"L."

Click on letter to enlage!
The Shabbos mode appliances may not be so "shabbos friendly" after all.

Rav Shlomo Miller, Shlita [Toronto-Lakewood] recently publicized a letter re: Shabbos-mode ovens that one may not adjust temperatures on Yom-Tov, contrary to the kosher certification.

In respect to the above publicized letter from Rav Miller, we are not publicizing the name of the kosher certifier.

Others have researched the "Shabbos-friendly" appliances & concluded that according to ALL "Poiskim" it is not permitted to be used in the Shabbos mode. It is more than "Gramahs" that are being activated.

See Star-K link

And therefore you may even decide to use your computer on Yom-Tov without the screen, according to the Star-K.

The SANHEDRIN would have taken up such a case in the context of a "zukun-mamrai".
The Star-K's shabbos mode appliances are worse than the kosher switch.

Monday, April 16, 2018

סוף האמת לנצח

כתב הגאון רבי שמשון רפאל הירש זצ"ל (שמש מרפא עמ' ש')
"רק לשקר דרושים תומכים כדי להצליח...
האמת לעומת זאת, תמיד תנצח בסופו של דבר,
אפילו אם הדבר יקח זמן....
בסופו של דבר תשיג האמת את הכבוד והערכה,
אפילו של אלו שלא מוכנים לקבלה.
האמת היחידה שהלכה לאיבוד,
בלי כל אפשרות להחזירה,
היא אותה אמת שאין למחזיקיה האומץ לדבר בגילוי לב עבורה.
האמת לא הובסה מעולם מכל התנגדות,
היא הובסה רק כשחבריה היו מדי חלשים מלהגן עליה".

Beer Controversy re: Mechira

Reb Mendel Weinbach approached Rav Zolty, Rav of Yerushalem re: a Baal Teshuva Choson engaged to a Giy’oires. The week before the chasunah he discovers he’s a Kohen. A Kohen can’t marry a giy’ores.

Rav Zolty said I’ll give you a response in 3 days. On the third day was Rav Zolty’s Levayeh. Rav Zoty’s son told Reb Mendel Weinbach that on his father’s desk is a freshly penned letter addressed to Reb Mendel Weinbach. He doesn’t know if it’s a finished completed Teshuva.

Reb Mendel Weinbach took the letter (which said that they could get married) to Rav Yosef Shalom Eliyashev for his opinion on the matter. Rav Eliyashev disagreed and felt that they can’t get married. This was now 3 days before the scheduled wedding. Rav Eliyashev said take it to Reb Moshe Feinstein and if Reb Moshe Feinstein says they could get married, I will accept the Psak and would even be willing to be Misader Ki’dushin.

The letter from Rav Zolty was brought to Reb Moshe for his opinion. Reb Moshe did not read it but put into a drawer. Reb Moshe wrote a Teshuva why they can marry, and Rav Eliyashev was Misader Kidushin.
We were advised that it was done al pi the Mechira of Reb Moshe Feinstein, Z"L.

The same type of mechira is used for Wakefern and many others.

Make sure the Beer has a Hashgocha.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Not Positive or Kosher Garden Brands

CDC Identifies Romaine Lettuce as Likely Culprit in 11-State E. Coli Outbreak


Health investigators have identified chopped romaine lettuce from Arizona as the probable culprit of an 11-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least seven people in New Jersey as well as people in New York and Connecticut.
The New Jersey Department of Health issued an update on the probe Friday, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration traced the likely source back to lettuce grown in Yuma, but neither agency has identified a grower, supplier, distributor or brand.
Consumers who have bought romaine lettuce – including salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce – are advised to throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
“If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine, throw it away. Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that the romaine lettuce did not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region,” the NJ Department of Health said.
As of April 13, 35 cases have been reported in 11 states. Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, the CDC says. The seven cases in New Jersey include four in Hunterdon County and one each in Monmouth, Sussex and Somerset counties. The sick range in age from 12 to 84 and most are women.
There are eight cases in Idaho, two in Connecticut, nine in Pennsylvania, two in New York, two in Ohio and one each in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia and Washington, the CDC says.
Health officials say the outbreak started in late March. Though no deaths have been reported, at least six people have been hospitalized with one developing hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
Symptoms vary and can range from mild to severe diarrhea to nausea and vomiting. Usually there is little or no fever present. E. coli can spread from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces, the CDC says. It is very contagious and can spread quickly in places such as daycare centers and cruise ships.
“Individuals with this infection usually get better within about 5 to 7 days, however some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement. “Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a healthcare provider.”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO 7 million dollar settlement class action suit

Deoleo USA Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay $7 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it made misrepresentations about Bertolli olive oil.
Deoleo USA Inc. has reportedly agreed to pay $7 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it made misrepresentations about Bertolli olive oil.
According to the Bertolli class action lawsuit, Deoleo misrepresented Bertolli olive oil as being “Imported from Italy” and that it qualified as “extra virgin” olive oil through the “best by” date.
Seven plaintiffs from Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina allege claims for violations of deceptive practices laws in their states and assert claims for unjust enrichment.
In their motion supporting preliminary approval of the Bertolli olive oil class action settlement, the plaintiffs urge the judge to certify a nationwide Class of consumers, because Deoleo’s alleged misrepresentations affect consumers uniformly throughout the United States, and because the laws of all 50 states are substantively identical to the laws of at least one of the states represented by the plaintiffs. The judge had previously certified two Classes of California consumers.
The plaintiffs note that Deoleo has already removed the phrase “Imported from Italy” from its products and will not use similar phrasing unless the oil is entirely derived from olives grown and pressed in Italy.
Deoleo has also reportedly started bottling its “extra virgin” olive oil in dark green bottles to protect the product from light degradation. Further, the plaintiffs say that Deoleo agrees to stricter testing protocols during the bottling process, to shorten the “best by” period, and to disclose the date of harvest on every bottle of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil to help ensure the product meets “extra virgin” standards at the time of sale and use.
Class Members of the proposed Bertolli settlement include anyone in the United States who purchased Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil since May 23, 2010 and anyone who purchased Bertolli olive oil labeled as “Imported from Italy” between May 23, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2015.
Under the terms of the proposed Bertolli olive oil settlement, each Class Member will be entitled to a cash refund of up to $7.25 per bottle purchased. No proof of purchase will be required for Class Members submitting a claim for up to five bottles.
Plaintiff Scott Koller initially filed the Bertolli olive oil class action lawsuit in May 2014. Bertolli repeatedly attempted to escape the litigation, but its motions to dismiss the Bertolli class action lawsuit were denied.
Koller asked a judge to grant Class certification to the Bertolli olive oil class action lawsuit in October 2015. In August 2017, the court certified two Classes of California consumers.
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Koller is represented by Adam J. Gutride, Seth A. Safier and Kristen G. Simplicio of Gutride Safier LLP and by Hasan A. Zavareei and Jeffrey D. Kaliel of Tycko & Zavareei LLP.
The Bertolli Olive Oil Class Action Lawsuit is Scott Koller v. Med Foods Inc., et al., Case No. 3:14-cv-02400, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.