Yisrael Medad points out a new haredi humra, stringency, of note. Badatz Yerushalyim is now certifying bug-free s'chach (the greenery used for the roof) for your succa. The idea is that perhaps your s'chach will become infested with bugs and those bugs might, perhaps, fall down and land in your food, and the unsuspecting Jew might accidentally eat food that contains those very same s'chach bugs.
Thank God we have rabbis to worry about these important matters of ritual observance. And, through this, you can see the greatness of our generation.
When the Jews fled Egypt, we wandered in the desert for 40 years, living in huts and tents, roasting and eating our quail or frying up our manna under the open Sinai skies. Imagine the bugs our ancestors must have consumed! No wonder God made us wander like street urchins for so long! And no wonder God punished Moses so severely! He's off communing with the Infinite while his flock are eating treife food! We might as well have eaten pork ribs!
But, thank God, God has blessed us with leaders whose holy eyes are open! They see the problems of Jews and leap in to save us from ourselves. They are zealous for us and zealous for our Lord!
Some of us have claimed that our rabbis are corrupt, that they turn a blind eye to the rape and abuse of young boys by other rabbis, that they ignore the pain caused by their overly strict rulings, that they are out of touch with the world and out of touch with Jews.
But we were wrong, each and every one of us. Our rabbis are not corrupt, my friends – our rabbis are insane.
I'd sooner have a clam fry in my succa than use their bug-free s'chach. What about you?