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November 05, 2012

Israel's Sefardi Chief Rabbi Bans Special Bug Free Super Kosher Vegetables

Rabbi Shlomo Amar 4In a groundbreaking ruling, Israel's Sefardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who is also the haredi-controlled state chief rabbinate's senior decisor of Jewish law has banned so-called mehadrin vegetables that are 'bug free' because they pose a danger to health.

Rabbi Shlomo Amar 4
Israel's Sefardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar

Special Bug Free Vegetables Pose A Threat To Life And Health, Should Not Be Eaten, Chief Rabbi Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

In a groundbreaking ruling, Israel's Sefardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who is also the haredi-controlled state chief rabbinate's senior decisor of Jewish law has banned so-called mehadrin vegetables that are 'bug free' because they pose a danger to health.

Ynet reports that Amar ruled that the extremely high amounts of pesticides and other chemicals used in the growing process of ‘mehdadrin’ vegetables pose a risk to the lives and heath of those who consume them.

Amar recommends that people buy regular vegetables and was them and inspect them carefully before eating in order to remove any bugs.

This is preferable to the ‘bug free’ vegetables, Amar ruled,  because the ‘bug free’ vegetables pose an actual threat to life and health.

Amar’s ruling is reportedly dozens of pages long, and took months to write. Its main objective is to refute the common claim that it is impossible to completely clean leafy vegetables of insects, and to refute the claim that Jews have a religious obligation to eat the vegetables grown by the recently invented special growth method that is high in pesticides and chemicals.

Amar noted that removal of bugs through inspection and washing can be done now, just as did throughout history.

Amar cites scientific findings that show that many farmers who grow these special ‘bug free’ vegetables use banned pesticides banned or extremely high-doses of approved pesticides.

According to him, there is no justification for consumers to buy these special ‘bug free’ vegetables, especially when they are forced to pay much more money for them than they would pay for regular vegetables. People do this, he notes, sometimes even at the expense of other basic food needs, then and then they eat these heavily chemically treated vegetables and endanger their health and the health of their families – and this is forbidden by the Torah, which considers threats to health and life to be more serious than biblical commandments themselves.

[Hat Tip: Vegi-man.]

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Whats this? A little sense out of Amar?

oh for g-d's sake,
if people want to check salads and vegetables, if they're into that,
salt into water, then salad or vegtebles in salted water, let it soak a bit and then see all (sometimes just a few) the tiny bugs floating.
i always thought the ready bug free food in the kosher markets looked a bit too plastic wrapped so tightly....not even appetizing!
but then, what do americans know about good food or good coffee?

All we are saying is give peas a chance.

"what do americans know about good food or good coffee?"

Americans? This is about what's going on in Israel. What planet are you on?


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good for Amar. well-reasoned on multiple levels, and hopefully it will get attention.

now, anyone hear the one about the lady who goes into a shop and asks for a pound of kosher broccoli?

dovid,

that is a seriously good question!

YL -

Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
Bugism, Slugism, Drugism, Thugism, Smugism, Plugism,
This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
All we are saying is give peas a chance
All we are saying is give peas a chance


(to the tune of the Bee Gees' "Holiday")

Oh, bugs in broccoli.
Bugs in broccoli.
Oh, bugs in broccoli.
Bugs in broccoli.

Washing I think's worthwhile.
If kosher is your style.
Must find all bug bones
Find their bones,
Find their bones.

Oh, it's a funny game.
Are the rabbis to blame?
The veggies I must shred
or God will strike me dead.

Millions of Jews can eat
Then why can't I just dine?
We do the same with meat.
Veggie I must grind, I must grind.

De de de de de de etc.

Excellent ruling from Rav Amar.
It should be common sense but unfortunately some people only listen to the rabbonim without also using their own brains.

Excellent ruling and great common sense.

The way things used to be done before the frumma established their various kosher rackets.

Amar had a brain fart, and will retract this piece of common sense.

Sephardi Judaism is probably more authentic (and more normal) than the Ashkenazi one.

The reason that Sephardis do not have streams like Ashkenazim (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, etc) is that while the structure is based on Orthodox (ashkenazi term as well) style, it was always tolerant toward people who were not observant.

The Sephardi violent culture and the rabbis worship (Sali Baba, Pinto etc ) notwithstading

They have got to get rid of the costumes to be taken seriously.

How about backing up that little assertion there Bassy? The one that claims Sephardic judaism is more authentic than ashkenazic.

good ones, Sarek.

its about time - as the food is gassed to get rid of the bugs
Jews and gas???

Don't you know that before the invention of pesticides electric light and blue magnifying lenses, no Jew ever ate vegetables?

If you really want to inspect vegetables for insects, there's high-speed machinery for that. It's impressive to watch as a high-speed conveyor launches lettuce leaves through a short flight path, computer-controlled cameras view them from three directions, and air jets kick out the rejects.

One automated lettuce inspection machine can replace 10-20 human inspectors.

Lol YL, ruthie and all.

Posted by: Yochanan Lavie | November 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Pardon the suggestion, YL. Unless I yam mistaken, isn't the original lyric: Lettuce give peas a chance?

Nothing beets whirled peas.


I think there ought to be an issur on running outdoors, because it is likely that one may inhale gnats and no-see-ums.

Lazer, right- our rabbonim will give up their "costumes" when your rebbes stop wearing "shtreimels" "gartels" and kaftans and stockings, none of which were mandated by the Torah or the Talmud. Deal?

SY: You're confusing it with "Lettuce Be," Paul's anthem.

They have got to get rid of the costumes to be taken seriously.

Posted by: Lazer | November 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM

Laser,
oh, like wearing fox tails hats in 102 f temperatures?
that sure will make anybody "taken seriously".
and of course let's not forget speaking old corrupt (indo european) geyman. that will sure bring them closer to our semitic ancestry.

"One automated lettuce inspection machine can replace 10-20 human inspectors. "

Interesting, please provide a link!

It is very refreshing that he says there is no justification and that he cares about the expense and the danger to health.

While I am not a follower, IMO he has done a great thing. Even the children of his critics will benefit from this.

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