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  • in reply to: Dunkin Donuts Muffins #1782426
    kasher
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    There isn’t a central baking location. DD makes almost nothing on their own. They contract with manufactures who eiteieither make mixes for them or actually bake products which are then “baked off” at the store locations.
    As a 30 year mashgiach veteran I find it interesting how so manmany make assumptions with any real knowledge of the susituation. I would like to see the statement from Rav Belsky zzt”l in writing. With bakery enhancers, emulsifiers, etc. I would be very careful about eating an uncertified bagel

    in reply to: Why do some Americans not eat the OU hechsher in E”Y? #1770377
    kasher
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    “If” OU standards in EY were lower or different than in the US, Do you really believe that the OU would say so?

    in reply to: Buffalo #1093850
    kasher
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    Young Israel of Greater Buffalo

    in reply to: Buffalo #1093849
    kasher
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    Daven with a minyan and purchase kosher food. There are some attractions in the Buffalo area. GOOGLE….

    in reply to: Chalav Yisroel exceptions #1092286
    kasher
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    RE; Butter. In addition to the issues Mark Levin correctly states, Butter could possibly be an issue of Gevinas Akum, depending on the cream source. If they’re adding whey cream (separated after Cheese coagulation) then we must verify the Culture, Stater Media and (microbial) Rennet sources. If the cream is separated from the cook water (Mozzarella and Provolone are cooked and streched), that cream would be gevinas akum.

    in reply to: Swiss Cheese #1086478
    kasher
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    Redleg- you got it mostly correct.

    – Soft Cheeses may use (microbial) Rennet, but since they don’t “have” to, the hashgacha agencies are lenient.

    – Most Vinegar in the USA is actually from Corn based alcohol, or Chemical/gas based. Some from Wheat or Apples, while a minority from Wine.

    – Your NB point- Who are those poskim that don’t require a hechsher on regular cheese that contains multiple ingredients including rennet, albeit mostly microbial (- I saw animal based rennet used in cheese production south of the border…)

    Jewish Thinker- Shulchan aruch heter is only for Butter, not cheese. Although today you can have 100% cream (churned into butter) which may be 100% non kosher, depending on the cream source [e.g. cook water cream from cheese production, ie. gevinas akum, or whey cream, blended back with pure milk cream]

    A complicated “sugya” that we in the kashrus industry have spent lot’s of time on.

    in reply to: Midwesterner and Midwesterner's wife #1051465
    kasher
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    So now I know who mid westerner is. Well my kids stayed with us a quite longer than yours, and we survived. But then they only moved to the other side of town.

    in reply to: How do I convert? I want an exit strategy! #1018586
    kasher
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    It is somewhat difficult for Sfardim to eat out- restaurant, weddings, etc.

    Ashkenazim rely on the Rema who allows hashlachat kisam (i.e. adjustment of the heat/flame, or lighting the pilot light) for bishul yisrael. According to the Beit Yosef, a Jew must actually place the food on the fire.

    in reply to: Shaving on Friday??? #1015595
    kasher
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    pretty clear in mishna berurah, hilchos sefira. Why rely on fuzzy memory if one can check it out. Muttar

    in reply to: selling airline miles #1113568
    kasher
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    “Don’t ask don’t tell”

    in reply to: What To Serve Shabbos Lunch Besides Chulent #992145
    kasher
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    I heard recently that a Litvak is like “ptcha”- cold and hard. once they warm up a bit, they just fall apart…:)

    in reply to: Double standards in Jewish media #977892
    kasher
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    What do a Pesach program and Tish’a B’av have in common?

    People walk around in slippers and wait for the next meal….

    in reply to: Regarding the Draft #967715
    kasher
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    your Questioning Gedolim- With derech eretz go ask them not the CR.

    Did you read recently that General Elazar Stern (religious?!) wants to abolish the Hesder program. Not having been there you have no idea of the challenges facing religious soldiers. The Yetzer Hara’s work is all cut out for him.

    The military (as well as many “well meaning” politicians) are anti chareidi and some even anti religious.

    If we don’t join them then they complain why we don’t, if we do join them then they complain that we crimp their lifestyle.

    in reply to: Reliable Hashgacha? #1098495
    kasher
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    To quote a former retailer- “An educated consumer is our best customer” (I know they went bankrupt but the slogan is still a good one). This is not the place- ask your Rov, local kashrus professional and others “in the know” that you trust.

    Biggest hechsher in the world?

    “KOKUSH” (in hebrew letters)- Kulam Ochlim Kulam Shotim

    (aka “everyone eats it”)

    in reply to: Regarding the Draft #967713
    kasher
    Participant

    Interesting to see how so many comment on issues that they know so little about. Having “served” in the Israeli army myself (about 30 years ago when the animosity wasn’t anywhere near as bad as today) I can confidently say that they have little interest in accommodating religious interests. Have we all forgotten the recent issues with forcing men to listen to women singing? Shmiras Shabbos often involves many b’dieved situations (and NOT during wartime when almost all is permissible)?

    There is very little time for any quality learning

    There was a recent article about the military’s concern with rising number of religious officers.

    Lastly, have we lost all of out emunas chachomim? One may not fully understand their rational (aka Da’as torah) but to question it on a blog?? If we really want to understand (and not just complain) Go to the Gedolim and ask “Yelamdeinu Rabbeinu”.

    p.s. Nobody’s questioning Lapids “service” as a correspondent…

    in reply to: Kosher Electric Shavers? #963325
    kasher
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    Why Shave? “Shave v”al ta”aseh adif”. That’s why

    in reply to: Making Nazi references about the Israeli government #962845
    kasher
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    I remember during “Basic Training” when a Sergeant claimed that “he had methods worse than Hitler”… But when I commented later that he really was like Hitler, boy did I get into trouble…

    They are total Hippocrates- on one hand they want the frum to “share the burden”, but on the other they have no interest in accommodating them. In was this way 30+ years ago when I was in the service and it’s only gotten worse. At least we weren’t forced to listen to women singing…

    To quote (or very close to a quote)a well know Rov, far from extremist- the difference between the Zionists and Reform-

    The Reform wished to remove Tzion from the Siddur

    The Zionists wished (and still do) to remove the Siddur from Tzion

    in reply to: Student Visa for Israel #962764
    kasher
    Participant

    What we’ve successfully done a few times already is have our child pick a cousin as his “parents”. Just in case get/memorize their names, birthday’s and address. Most Seminaries submit for many students’ visas together-in bulk, so it’s easier this way. We haven’t had a problem. No guarantees or responsibility but as long as YOU have never been entered in their system, it should work.

    BTW- after 20 years of going in and out with my US Passport, one visit they asked for my Israeli Passport. Seems like the computer system finally caught up. I never pulled any other “shtick” or took anything from them, so there was nothing they could catch me on (-don’t get greedy, that’s when one makes a mistake and they can catch you)

    in reply to: Mozzarella cheese doesn't need hashgacha? #964518
    kasher
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    ilovetorah- You are so correct! Who would have thought that 100% pure Butter could be 100% non kosher- that is due the the legal adulteration of blending with Whey Cream and/or Cook Water Cream.

    If there is one suggestion I would strongly advise to posters AND Poskim- PLEASE learn the “metzius” before commenting.

    Re; Harav Moshe’s heter for Cholov Stam- he himself was makpid on Cholov Yisroel. Today there are even more reasons to be makpid as “the envelope has been pushed” quite a bit from the original lenience’s (- DA Cows. Yisroel Ro’ei’hu, accepting milk from countries with corrupt governments, etc.).

    in reply to: Bishul Akum Shaila #958938
    kasher
    Participant

    My point was and is that “half an answer is understanding the question”. I find that too often people here and on other sites simply don’t know the “metzius”, and comment without actual knowledge. I happen to be involved in the kashrus field for many years and find that even some poskim would benefit from understanding the “metzius”.

    I wasn’t arguing on the question but rather trying to help the questioner understand the situation related to the question for the benefit of the Rov who will pasken the shaila.

    in reply to: Bishul Akum Shaila #958930
    kasher
    Participant

    Sam2- Not so simple. Since we’re talking about Chicken there should have been a mashgiach t’midi who possibly lit the fire if it was par fried/cooked. If not par fried/cooked then you’re not only correct but the pan/pot may be also be non kosher due to the bishul akum.

    in reply to: How Did He Get My Number #999394
    kasher
    Participant

    I got the same call (going on all over). He said something about my Windows program and I started talking to him about my windows- they weren’t dirty and didn’t need to be cleaned.

    It’s a scam- watch out!

    in reply to: The Dov Lipman ResponseóControversial? #955356
    kasher
    Participant

    To paraphrase an odom godol- difference between zionism and reform:

    While reform attempted to take Tzion out of the Siddur, the zionists attempted to take the Siddur out of Tzion.

    To ALL the politicians- careful who you associate with

    in reply to: Kinder Chocolate – Kashrus Status #1142829
    kasher
    Participant

    And the largest hechsher in the world is “KOKUSH”- Kulam Ochlim Kulam Shotim” translated- “EEI” Everybody Eats It.

    As one who has been a mashgiach for over 20 years, if there’s just (or at least) one thing I hope I’ve learned- Learn and KNOW the metzius before commenting, deciding or “paskening”

    in reply to: Davening times #1178253
    kasher
    Participant

    I understand that some always daven “netz”- Noch Tzen

    in reply to: A Modern Orthodox Critique of Uri L'Tzedek #921206
    kasher
    Participant

    Ever since the Sefer Torah transfer I’ve wondered about the sanctioning of the “Traditional Synagogue” in Kansas. To the best of my knowledge (from my many travels to Overland Park KS), Thgere are just 3 orthodox shuls there; 2 Lubavitch and BIAV, and this “shul” doesn’t have a mechitza.

    kasher
    Participant

    His children are unfortunately simple pawns in his twisted life. It is a tremendous nebech on them. I think that I had one of his children in my home (without the knowledge then of who she was- A chesed through a school in NY she was at at the time)for about a month last summer- serious personal issues to say the least.

    in reply to: I want to eat cholov stam #891774
    kasher
    Participant

    “The fact is that OU kashrus is headed by 2 huge Rabbonim, R’ Belsky and R’ Schachter. Both of them have no problems giving a hechsher on ice cream.”

    They do not “head” the OU but are “halachik consultants”.

    If I’m not mistaken, Rav Belsky is personally makpid on Cholov Yisroel and Rav Shachter doesn’t eat/drink any dairy products due to personal kashrus stringencies.

    Are we such “ba’alei taive” that we must have cholov stam?

    in reply to: non-dairy creamer powder #896552
    kasher
    Participant

    A number of kosher grocery stores in the midwest have a pareve variety. I think one is Tuv Taam

    in reply to: I'm speechless #846265
    kasher
    Participant

    If there’s just one thing I hope I’ve learned from working as a mashgiach for a large agency for over 20 years- Don’t talk about areas one knows nothing or very little about (which is often the case in the CR). Every slight change in a products size or package can mean a world of difference about the line or plant is was produced in. One can certainly not rely on just reading an ingredient statement. What are emulsifiers? Are we aware that 100% vegetable oil can be 100% non kosher? There is so much information to know and learn, which I continue to do after 20+ years.

    in reply to: Do you watch movies? #800624
    kasher
    Participant

    Not really related but why is YeshivaWorld playing music during the 9 days?

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