New York - Do Your Diapers Have a Hechsher?
New York - Disposable diapers have evolved tremendously since their introduction well over fifty years ago, with manufacturers continually improving their product by adding elasticized waistbands, superabsorbent polymers, resealable closures and other features. But one company is producing diapers that boast yet an unusual innovation: rabbinical supervision.
Kosher Diapers first hit the market before Pesach and feature Velcro closures, instead of adhesive tapes, whose use can be questionable on Shabbos. Available through local vendors that sell baby items in Brooklyn as well as online at KosherDiapers.com, the diapers are under the rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner of Bnei Brak and the website features approbations from Rav Shlome Zalman Ulman of Bnei Brak, Rav Yosef Yisroel Eisenberger, Dayan of New Square and Rav Yoel Tzvi Halevi Moscowitz, Dayan of Tosh.
“In the chasidic community, ninety nine percent of the people open their diapers before Shabbos or Yom Tov because of the tapes used to seal them,” KosherDiapers.com owner Barry Moskowitz told VIN News.
According to Moskowitz, while diapers with taped closures are potentially problematic because the tapes can be considered a permanent closure which is forbidden on Shabbos and Yom Tov, Velcro closures pose no issue since despite their ability to remain fastened for a long period of time, they are not considered to be a permanent in nature.
While there are other diapers on the market that use Velcro instead of tape, Moskowitz insists that his diapers are less costly. Kosher Diapers are available in four sizes, with the thirty count bag of diapers retailing from $9 to $10.50 and 180 count cases of diapers sell for $26.89 to $39.89. Moskowitz hopes to have his product available in stores in time for the upcoming Yomim Tovim.
Moskowitz says his company has over 2,500 customers in Brooklyn, Lakewood, Monsey and New Square and many buyers are repeat customers.
“The response from customers has been very positive,” reported Moskowitz, who hopes to expand his product line in the future.
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