2,245 posts categorized "Kosher Scandal"

June 30, 2015: Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag Resigns As Chief Rabbi Of Amsterdam
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Scandal
Ralbag has been a controversial figure in both the US and in Holland, where he has served as Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam for almost a decade. In 2012, members of the Amsterdam Jewish community wanted to remove Ralbag because of...

June 26, 2015: Sucking At The Teat Of A Cash Cow? Hasidim Tell NY State They Should Get A Medical Marijuana License Because Their Products Will Fill A Need For The Kosher Consumer
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
“New York has the largest Jewish population of any state in the U.S., and a large percentage of that population observes kosher customs. By aligning its manufacturing/production processes with Kashrut New York Growing Partners] ensuring that all New Yorkers who...

June 19, 2015: Kosher Certified Fresh Raw Whole Tomatoes
Comments: 43 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
Fresh whole raw tomatoes certified as kosher and unwaxed. The wax has no taste in its application on the fruit and is inedible in bulk form. Therefore, halakhicly no certification is necessary. But some haredim want to be strict anyway,...

June 11, 2015: Tax Authority Announces Crackdown On Kabbalists, Issuers Of Charms And Amulets, Distributors Of Holy Water, Mohels, Cantors – And Private Haredi Kosher Supervision Companies
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Sefardim
Israel’s Tax Authority announced it will begin to crack down on haredi kabbalists who charge fees or take money for blessings. The crackdown will also include cantors, mohels, “distributors or sellers of charms, holy water, or other holy objects,” and...

June 10, 2015: OU Puts Its Kosher Seal On Raw Fresh Whole Peaches And Other Raw Whole Fresh Fruit
Comments: 67 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
You can now buy an OU certified kosher whole fresh peaches, even though there is no reason in halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) for whole fresh peaches grown outside of Israel to have kosher supervision. The owner of the Sugar Tree...

June 9, 2015: Government Shutters Kosher Slaughterhouse Over Animal Abuse For Second Time In Less Than One Week
Comments: 38 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal
Dabach, the largest kosher slaughterhouse in Israel, killed about 120,000 animals per year – until yesterday, when Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture shut down Dabach for the second time in less than five days after further evidence of rampant animal cruelty...

June 8, 2015: Report: Australian Cattle Imported To Israel Inhumanely Slaughtered
Comments: 41 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal
Hidden camera footage obtained in an investigation by the animal rights group Animals Australia shows cattle having their tails deliberately crushed, attempting to regain their feet after having their throats cut – which means the slaughter cut was too shallow,...

June 2, 2015: IDF Says It Erred When It Punished American Recruit For Bringing Treife Sandwiches On IDF Base
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion, Religion & State
IDF now says it made a “mistake” when it sentenced an unnamed American-born soldier who recently moved to Israel from Boston to an 11-day prison sentence after he brought sandwiches containing pork made for him by his kibbutznik grandmother back...

May 19, 2015: Many Sickened At Elegant ‘Halakhic’ Dinner Led By Rabbi Meir Soloveichik That Served Locusts, Duck Foie Gras, Veal Hearts And Other ‘Delicacies’
Comments: 74 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The menu reportedly consisted of a salad of mixed greens topped with etrog dressing; crispy shallot-topped veal intestines stuffed with veal heart, chicken gizzards, duck liver and kidneys; truffle oil-drizzled poached brains with garbanzo beans, white pickled garlic and lemon;...

May 10, 2015: London Rabbis Use Discredited Outlawed Slaughter Method To Turn Out "Mehadrin" Beef
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal
"There was a reason the Federation went to Ireland [for its beef]. One of the advertised features of its mehadrin meat is that it is shechita munachat, which means the animal was slaughtered on its back" – like at Agriprocessors,...

May 8, 2015: Trust What Can't Ever Be Verified: A Chocolate Bar Is Labeled Both "Kosher Pareve, Halav Yisrael"
Comments: 37 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal
An Israeli chocolate bar is labeled both kosher pareve and halav yisrael – two opposite things that cannot coexist in the same food item. The first line of the label reads in translation" "Bitter[sweet] chocolate, kosher pareve, halav yisrael." Please...

May 7, 2015: Report: Puppies, Kittens Thrown Into Lag Ba'Omer Bonfires
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , History , Israel , Kosher Scandal
Across Israel and in haredi communities worldwide, Jews lit large bonfires, danced and sang to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer – purportedly the anniversary of the death of the early 2nd Century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who spent more than a...

May 6, 2015: Chief Rabbi Warns Of Widespread Kosher Food Fraud If New Opinion By Israel’s AG Is Followed
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
“As is well-known, anyone can call himself a 'rabbi,’” Lau reportedly said. “Unlike the case with 'lawyer' or 'doctor,' the term 'rabbi' is not protected by law with specific standards. Under this decision, anyone can call himself a 'rabbi' and...

April 27, 2015: Amsterdam Rabbi And Triangle-K Kosher Supervision Head Tied To Violent New York Divorce Squad
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Women & Judaism
One of the victims, Menachem Teitelbaum, accused the head of Triangle-K kosher supervision Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who is also the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam, of threatening and beating him. He stated in his testimony that Ralbag received between $25,000 and...

April 26, 2015: Senior Australian Chabad Rabbi Says Anti-Halal Campaign “Ignorant And Prejudiced”
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Kosher Scandal
"The current attack we are hearing against halal certification in Australia is wrong. It is the product of prejudice and ignorance. If it was against kosher certification it would be labelled anti-Semitic. If anyone believes anyone is funding terrorism and...

April 15, 2015: Birdsboro Kosher Farm Corporation Assessed $34,000 Civil Penalty By USDA
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Kosher Scandal
Birdsboro has been ordered to cease and desist from failing to pay each live poultry dealer obtaining live poultry by purchase in a cash sale, before the close of the next business day following the purchase of poultry, and each...

April 14, 2015: Haredi News Website Blurs Out Kim Kardashian In Photo With Jerusalem Mayor
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Women & Judaism
KIm Kardashian, her husband, rapper Kanye West, and their daughter North are in Jerusalem and, while there, had a meal with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who tweeted a photo of them eating together. The haredi news website Kikar HaShabbat reported...

April 13, 2015: Warning: Extremely Graphic Video
Comments: 70 | Categories: Kosher Scandal
***Caution: this video is very graphic.*** A pregnant cow is kosher slaughtered, apparently in a yeshiva or synagogue in Israel, likely as an educational tool. In ancient times, unborn calves were considered a delicacy, but pregnant cows were generally slaughtered...

April 9, 2015: Sabra Dipping Company Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall Of "Classic" Hummus
Comments: 0 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Kitniyot eaters beware! Sabra's Classic Hummus was found to be contaminated with listeria by Michigan's version of the FDA, and Sabra voluntarily issued a recall of 30,000 cases of the popular dip. Here are the details: Recall -- Firm Press...

April 3, 2015: Glatt Kosher Cigarettes For Passover
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Note the hechsher on the left below says in Hebrew, "L'mehardin min ha-mehadrin," meaning "of the most strictly kosher from the most strictly kosher" – über-glatt, in American Jewish parlance. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: Aaron Duchan.]

April 3, 2015: Don't Buy Pre-Packaged, Pre-Made Food For Passover, Haredi Moralist Says
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal
Don't buy pre-made and pre-packaged Passover food and snacks, haredi moralist urges, and if you do, check your food orders carefully to make sure all the food you bought is actually kosher for Passover. From the Monsey Community Connections shopper....

April 2, 2015: Kosher For Passover Haredi…Salt Water
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal
Now if rabbis could only find a way to put a Passover hechsher on air… [Hat Tip: HeathenHassid.]

April 2, 2015: You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up: Haredim Sell Special Bedikat Hametz Bread
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal , Religion, Religion & State
You really just can't make this up. Bedikat hametz (the search for) was instituted to make sure there were no large crumbs or forgotten pieces of hametz left in your home before Passover. Haredim ritualized this process and added layers...

April 1, 2015: Haredi City Councilman Makes Sure Jerusalem Water Is…Kosher For Passover
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion, Religion & State , Torah & Science
Haredim believe Jerusalem’s regular water supply, which comes from Israel’s national water carrier, has hametz (leavened bread or other leavened ingredients) in it. Haredi City Councilman Makes Sure Jerusalem Water Is…Kosher For Passover Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Ashkenazi haredi Jerusalem...

April 1, 2015: Kosher For Passover Plungers
Comments: 43 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion, Religion & State
What else needs to be said? [Hat Tip: Aaron Duchan.]

April 1, 2015: Haredi Child Safety, Continued
Comments: 28 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
They cause cancer and kill tens of thousands of people every year, but an English haredi candy manufacturer still makes a candy version marketed for haredi kids – a version that carries the endorsement of a prominent haredi rabbi. Photo...

March 31, 2015: Eating Green Leafy Vegetables Keeps Mental Abilities Sharp, Researchers Find
Comments: 18 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
Something as easy as adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline, according to new research. The study also examined the nutrients responsible for the effect, linking vitamin K consumption to slower...

March 31, 2015: Kosher For Passover…Poison?
Comments: 41 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal
That's right folks, direct from the Holy Land, mehadrin (super kosher; 'glatt) kosher for Passover poison. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: Hanoch Daum via Heeb Magazine.]

March 30, 2015: Haredi Kosher Food And Supervision Mag Runs Article On "Kosher Marijuana"
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Media & Media Criticism
Need some kosher medicinal herb? Kashrus Magazine has the answer for you. Please click to enlarge:

March 30, 2015: Video: 'Kosher For Passover' Cigarettes
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Cigarettes cause cancer, heart attacks and other health problems and are forbidden by an increasing number of rabbis (mostly Modern Orthodox). But lots of haredim smoke anyway and now a group of Israelis is taking advantage of that sad fact...

March 7, 2015: Why Have Rabbis Telsner And Kluwgant Been Allowed To Continue Supervising Kosher Food?
Comments: 29 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Scandal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
It is but days since the Royal Commission finished its inquiries into the Melbourne and Sydney Chabad child sex abuse scandal and already some progress has been made. Regrettably, in the area of kashrut a glaring oversight remains unchanged. That...

March 7, 2015: Animal Welfare Petition Calling For Ban On All Un-Stunned Slaughter Rockets To Top Of All Government Petitions, But British Government Says It Won’t Listen Anyway, Won’t Ban Shechita Or Halal
Comments: 23 | Categories: Kosher Scandal
A petition demanding a ban on all un-stunned animal slaughter now has more than 100,000 signatures, but the British government still insists it has “no intention” of banning shecita or halal slaughter anyway, the Daily Mail reported. Only religious slaughter...

March 4, 2015: Is Whey Milk? And If It Isn't, Does That Make Whey Protein Drinks Pareve?
Comments: 33 | Categories: Kosher Scandal
There are lots of good reasons people cite to support not keeping kosher, from scandals at kosher slaughterhouses across the globe to the Mafia-like tactics of some kosher food distributors. But the best reason not to keep kosher is that...

March 2, 2015: Videos: Why Many Europeans Want To Ban Un-Stunned Animal Slaughter
Comments: 12 | Categories: Kosher Scandal
Three videos all show immense cruelty in halal and kosher slaughter and explain why so many Europeans want to ban all animal slaughter where the animal is not sedated or stunned first. Rabbis would have you believe the proposed bans...

February 24, 2015: Shamed Before Royal Commission, Senior Chabad Rabbi Resigns From Yet Another Communal Position
Comments: 28 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Chabad Rabbi Yosef Feldman has stepped down from his role as the interim rav ha-machshir (kosher food supervising authority) for the prominent Sydney-based kosher caterer Amaze in Taste. But Feldman still holds the position as top rabbi of a synagogue,...

February 23, 2015: Dishonest Pro-Shechita British Organization Lies Again
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal
Simon "Shimon" Cohen wouldn't know how to tell the truth if his very life depended on it, and his Shechita UK organization (which also now markets itself as Shechita EU) is the most consistently dishonest Jewish community organization I've seen...

February 23, 2015: OU May Certify Medical Marijuana As Kosher
Comments: 17 | Categories: Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana. The Forward reports: …Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the...

February 15, 2015: Intifooda: Kosher Food-Cart Vendor Says He‘s Blocked By ‘Halal Mafia’ In NYC
Comments: 11 | Categories: Antisemitism , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
“Why doesn’t he go to 47th Street?” Mossad shouted, referring to the Hasidim-heavy Diamond District. “He’s just coming to this particular spot, and he wants to grab it from me — and kill me, actually. Kill my business.” The food...

February 15, 2015: Top European Rabbi Equates Copenhagen Terror Attack With 'Anti-Shechita' Demand For Humane Slaughter
Comments: 6 | Categories: Antisemitism , Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism
"…The Jewish community in Denmark is a microcosm of what is happening to Jewish communities across the continent. On the one hand they are under attack from extremist Muslims who see every Jew as a legitimate target, on the other...

February 14, 2015: Trump Hotel Allegedly Intentionally And Deceptively Serves Kosher Customer Non-Kosher Food
Comments: 61 | Categories: Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
An Orthodox Jewish man is suing the Trump Soho after he allegedly spent $146 to get a special hot kosher meal there — and was allegedly served a cold non-kosher turkey sandwich the hotel claimed was kosher instead. The New...

February 11, 2015: Satmar Ex-Con, On Run From The Law In Buildings Bribery Scandal, Has History Of Illegal Behavior – In A Kosher Slaughterhouse
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
The "expediter," David Weiszer, hired by developers to make sure work was completed without interference from the city is an ex-con who has been on the lam for three months. Above: two photos of David Weiszer The Daily News reports:...

February 3, 2015: Video: British Halal Slaughterhouse Of Horrors Exposed
Comments: 13 | Categories: Kosher Scandal
A halal slaughterhouse in Britain has been caught "hacking" and "sawing" at the throats of unstunned sheep. Muslim ritual slaughterers wearing the traditional Muslim kufi skullcap and muttering the words 'Allahu Akbar' were recorded on hidden camera allegedly abusing the...

January 31, 2015: Consistently Dishonest British Pro-Shechita Group Attacks British Veterinary Association Over Shechita
Comments: 98 | Categories: Haredim , Jewish Leadership , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
A parliamentary petition demanding an outright ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them first has attracted more than 100,000 backers, causing Simon "Shimon" Cohen of Shechita UK to criticize the BVA for its "obsession" with ritual religious slaughter, calling it...

December 23, 2014: Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Visits Otisville Prison, Rubashkin Serves As His Translator And Gabbai
Comments: 44 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
The Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum visited Otisville federal prison on Monday December 15, the day before Hanukkah started, and while there reportedly spoke about the power of spiritual freedom. Above: Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum,...

December 23, 2014: British Jewish Pro-Shechita Organization Misrepresents Kosher, Ritual Slaughter
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
Shechita UK again publishes false and misleading information about Jewish ritual slaughter and kosher food in general. The chairman of Shechita UK writes in the London Telegraph: SIR – Jews have always labelled food (“Shoppers will be told how their...

December 18, 2014: Owner Of Dietary Supplement Company Pleads Guilty To Multimillion-Dollar Scheme To Adulterate Dietary Supplements, Falsely Represent Them As Kosher
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
Barry Steinlight, CEO and president of Raw Deal nc., a dietary supplement manufacturing facility, "diluted his products, cheated his customers and lied to the Food and Drug Administration when they came to inspect his company.” Steinlight also directed Raw Deal...

December 14, 2014: The Chickens Your Ancestors Ate Likely Had Dark Skin And Looked Little Like The Chickens You Eat Today, Study Finds
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Kosher Scandal , Science
The chickens Europeans and Americans eat today look little like the chickens we ate hundreds of years ago, many of which had dark skin, a new study has found. The study doesn't seem to deal with it, but chickens consumed...

December 11, 2014: Chabad Women Honor Rubashkins, Have Sholom Rubashkin Speak Via Conference Call From Prison In Honor Of Hasidic Holiday
Comments: 62 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
Neshei Chabad, the Chabad International women's organization, held a Yud Tet Kislev international farbrengen (hasidic gathering) and conference call for thousands of women in honor of Yud Tet Kislev, the "Chag Ha-Geulah" (holiday of freedom) commemorating the release from prison...

December 10, 2014: Poland Overturns Ritual Slaughter Ban
Comments: 2 | Categories: Avi Chai Foundation , Kosher Scandal
While today's ruling from Poland's Constitutional Court may have been based on freedom of religion, the actual primary benefactor of the court’s ruling is Poland’s agricultural industry. Poland Overturns Ritual Slaughter Ban Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Poland's Constitutional Court overturned...

December 8, 2014: Agri Star Kosher Slaughterhouse Loses Appeal Against Rubashkin Company
Comments: 3 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
Agri Star, now formally known as SHF Holdings, whose primary owner is haredi mega donor Hershy Friedman, lost its appeal of a court ruling that found it has no right to use a deepwater well owned by the Nevel Properties...

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