Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Update:How the Star-K is drawing all kashrus certifiers into the pits, with their non-standards of kashrus

  FORESIGHT
A number of years ago Rav Neuschloss, Z"L the Rav of skver at the time. He called in the head of the skver kashrus and told him in no uncertain words, don't ever allow any Star-K products, and do not ever co-certify any kosher products with the Star-k, as it gives the star-k credibility.

About a year later Rav Neuschloss called him in again, "did you do as instructed? The response was not yet. Rav Neuschloss told to take a black marker and cross out the star-k off every product. Again he did not follow the order. He was ultimately dismissed of his position.

Rav Moshe Sternbuch, Shlita put out a letter with the following; I hear that in Lakewood they accept the Star-K, notify all that one may not rely on the Star-k at all.

Now all kosher certifiers realize that the Star-K is drawing everyone down in their kashrus standards.

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Harav Moshe Heineman, Shlita is the Star-K's
"Rabbinic Administrator- Emeritus"
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The Star-K's reason for setting up AKO (Association of Kashrus Organizations) is Omertà

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Update: Remember " CHEF Shmuli Shwinger" Shavous disaster program? He's at it again-Danger on the horizon

Only pay by credit card- because you could stop payment
The KCL had nightmares with him.
He's at it again!
Beware-
New hotel, new ads, etc

False Hashgocha,
Grape juice / milk was bought on yom-tov and then transferred it over to different bottles.

Kashrus was non-existent.

What else was going on,? we can't elaborate.

He had to close his Lakewood operation and hid for a year.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

OPRA

Appellate Court ruling:  No residency requirement for OPRA


 

May 16, 2018

An Appellate Court ruled today that the right to request records under the state's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is not limited to New Jersey residents. The ruling upheld a lower court opinion in Burlington County and reversed lower courts in Cape May and Atlantic Counties. The three cases were consolidated for the purpose of the Appellate Court's review.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apropo by UOJ's Paul Mendelowitz- Protect your children in camp

ASAP's Abuse-Prevention Program is being used throughout the world of Jewish summer camps and youth programs to both ensure the safety of campers and counselors as well as reduce liability for camp administration.





The camp program, endorsed by leading Rabbis and professionals,  is free and available online - (https://asap.care/summer- camps/) and includes the following elements:


By having the counselors participate in the program and complete certification before camp, you will be filtering out potential abusers and sending a clear message to counselors, campers, and parents that you are educated, aware, and will not tolerate abuse.  Additionally, while safety guidelines are there to protect the best interests of the campers, they will also protect counselors from false accusations, something many have become fearful of.  

I am happy to set up a time to speak with you and discuss how the program can be adapted to the specific needs of your camp.


Sincerely, 
Gila Ashkenazy
Project Coordinator
ASAP: Association for Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment
www.asap.care 



Friday, April 27, 2018

UPDATE: Alert: Bais Surah girls school in Borough Park- change the principal or close the school



If Spikey works there and Klein is the menahel?


Check out the shocking stories about what's going on at the girls school.

Parents and girls claim there is flirting, inappropriate contact etc.

Remember the 3:00AM borough Park episode a few weeks ago? That's how it starts.





Vos Iz Neias-Brooklyn, NY - Hikind: Employee Fired After Preying On Students At Prominent Girls’ School In BP; Administration Turned Blind Eye

Published on: April 29th, 2018 at 10:08 PM



According to Hikind, parents told the school’s owner and principal, Rabbi Nuchem Klein, about the alleged abuse perpetrated by a non-Jewish employee who goes by the nickname Spikey, but no action was taken.
Hikind took to Twitter on Friday morning, asking parents who had knowledge of any abuse taking place at Bais Sarah to contact his office and reached out to Rabbi Klein to discuss the matter.
Hikind said that Rabbi Klein returned his phone call on Friday afternoon, telling him that he had received over 100 phone calls from parents over the past several hours and that the employee in question had been terminated.
According to Hikind, in addition to hearing from several parents on Friday, he also got a phone call just before Shabbos from the NYPD’s Special Victims unit in regard to a report filed by the parents of a Bais Sarah student.
“There is no question that this happened,” Hikind told VIN News. “The fact that they let this guy go speaks for itself.”
Hikind said that Bais Sarah, which has several hundred students in grades kindergarten through twelve and also runs camp Chayei Sura, has a reputation as an excellent school that places a strong emphasis on tznius.
According to Hikind, he has received reports so far of girls being kissed and touched, with the incidents taking place in the elementary school, the high school and the summer camp, located in the Catskills.
“I have been in touch with police and based on actual emails that I have in my possession from people who shared their names and their phone numbers, there were many complaints to Rabbi Klein about the inappropriate behavior and he didn’t do anything about it for years, until Friday,” said Hikind.
People have been surprisingly forthcoming, noted the assemblyman, who said that he found significant resentment directed at Rabbi Klein.
“I am told that he doesn’t answer to anyone,” said Hikind. “The fact that this school is considered to be one of the finest, where tznius is at the highest standard, is a little laughable as far as I’m concerned.”
Spikey’s firing comes as good news, but is nowhere near enough, said Hikind who voiced his outrage that Rabbi Klein reportedly knew that innocent children were being subjected to abusive behavior.
“This has been going on for a while and we do nothing?” asked Hikind. “If this wasn’t dealt with until now, that is horrible but let’s get to the bottom of this and deal with it. I want to protect children and make sure that this Spikey doesn’t end up at some other school and, to the best of my ability, I will make sure that there is justice about what happened until now.”
Rabbi Klein did not return multiple calls for comment from VIN News.

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UPDATE: Camp Bnos is not safe for girls- watch the new video הכזונה יעשו אחותינו?ת







Another confirmed horific episode at the camp?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viiMrvi0iyk&feature=youtu.be
הכזונה יעשו אחותינו?
- URGENT NEED TO KEEP OUR BNOS YISROEL SAFE
Dear Rabbis, parents and Leaders,
We assume you were not notified of the horrific event which took place at Camp Bnos (Agudas Yisroel) this past summer. It is important for you, as a leader, to be made aware that a camper was raped on the girls’ campus. She was left unsupervised and taken advantage of in the worst possible way. There were 2 boys involved.
AS OF LAST SUMMER. CAMP BNOS IS A MAKOM SAKANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally, Mr. Meir Frischman admitted it happened, he has since changed his tune (obviously he has since received direction and advice from perhaps the Agudah directors, Rabbonim or Attorneys) and now denies all allegations and has completely removed himself from any & all responsibilities surrounding this situation. He has gone so far as to deny it, and refer to the RAPE as a "rumor".
The police were notified, and Mr. Frischman did NOT have them speak with more than a few people from the camp. Directors who have been in the camp for literally decades were not notified until they returned home after camp was over.

From An Insider: Meanwhile, a simple observation.  We are both familiar with defense mechanisms.  I make observations all the time of new mechanisms that are just that, but masquerade as something else.  The Agudah position, which we know to be fundamentally flawed, is not really a policy at all.  It is a simple effort to cover-up the cover-ups.  They cannot do different, because that would be self-incrimination.

Lakewood New homes- IS YOU MICRO-WAVE OVEN "TREIF"??



It's the common practice for laborers, contractors when building or renovating a home to use the homes Micro-wave to heat their personal "TREIF" food. Even when it's brand new.

Have your attorney put into the contract "all equipment must be in unused condition at the closing".

You may be able to get the builder or contractor [ in a Din-Torah] to replace it with a new one.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Andy-Boy romaine De Ja Vu- heavily INFESTED


Lakewood Bnei Torah- Re: Kashrus- Time to wake up and smell the coffee- (ess shtinkt fun kup)


From an Email
In other words, every agency, organization, and individual out there giving hashgacha should be doing a proper job. Unfortunately, many are not, even to the point that one cannot eat at establishments that they certify or eat the products that they certify unless the kashrus system is independently verified.

Ubiquitous underperformance, even in bastions of holiness, does not make it more acceptable to do a sub-standard job, but it allows us to be more kind in considering that a deficient agency, organization, or individual is not a standout, but one of many.

The reasons vary: lack of expertise in kashrus systems, lack of management skills, lack of budget, lack of the community’s willingness to properly fund a top-notch, or even Halachically acceptable, kashrus program, misplaced compassion towards unqualified staff, turf wars, negligence, and sometimes even avarice and lack of yir’as Shamayim. But the consequences are the same: a community unknowingly eats that which is Halachically prohibited, and the knowing of the community are left with no good options and are frowned upon by the unknowing.

May Hashem protect all His children and grant us all to eat properly kosher food.
Kol Tov,

GH: You seem to always equate chassidsheh hecshseirim with the term “gold standard”. Maybe to you they are, but not to everyone else. I do not trust a product or establishment anymore because it has both the OU and a chasidesheh hechsher. If it only had the OU I would still trust it.

I have both a national and heimish hechsher on my place. The national one comes every month- the hemish one hasn’t come in well over a year and he has no idea what is even in my products. So, there are no rules but they definitely both have pros and cons.


UPDATE; Lakewood Bais Din L'Inyanay Shatnez, certified test center "not-reliable" R"L- must re-check all clothing

There have been numerous incidents where the Lakewood Shatnez test under the hashgocha of the  Lakewood Bais Din L'Inyanay Shatnez, has been found to be definite Shatnez even though it was certified as Non-Shatnez.

The incidents were numerous, too many to be called a mistake. The places where the Shatnez was fond indicate a complete lack of knowledge of the expertise required to properly check for Shatnez. We are not talking of re-processed issues, regular straight out "shatnez" according to any "mumcha".

Therefore previous tested clothing by above,  should be re-tested by a qualified test center. 

The fact of the Bais Din certification on that Test center puts to question of the Knowledge the Members of the Bais Din poses in the Expertise of Shatnez testing.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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


Star-K's Shabbos- Mode appliances are ossur to use.


http://matzav.com/clients/matzav/Oven.pdf
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 http://www.star-k.org/pdf/oventeshuva.pdf

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.
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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

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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.”
(AP)