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Jerusalem - Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi: Relying Exclusively On Eda Charedis 'Hechsher' Is Madness

Published on: July 24, 2019 10:46 AM
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Jerusalem - Taking aim at the Eda Charedis, a powerful and respected rabbinic authority in Israel came out with a public endorsement of Rabbanut kashrus, categorizing it as excellent and reliable in almost all circumstances.

Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, made the remarks during a recent lecture as reported by Kikar HaShabbat (http://bit.ly/2Y1Y9S3).

“I don’t know why it is considered to be not good,” said Rabbi Yosef. “The Rabbanut is very good, what is this all about?  I am there and I see what goes on and even the ritual slaughter of chickens is excellent.”

Rabbi Yosef told one story of a Charedi man who was in jail and insisted that he relied only on the Eda Charedis’ standards of kashrus.  The matter was brought to Rabbi Yosef who ruled that there was no reason to supply him with Eda Charedis-approved fare.

“I wrote that they should bring him only Rabbanut,” said Rabbi Yosef.  “He was such a virulent Charedi. Rabbanut wasn’t good enough for him.”

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The chief rabbi’s endorsement of the Rabbanut’s kashrus supervision stopped short of one area - meat products.

“With meat it is better to be more stringent,” said Rabbi Yosef.  “But with everything else, the Rabbanut is excellent.  There is some kind of madness in kashrus, as if the Eda Charedis has descended from the heavens.”



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 Jul 24, 2019 at 11:03 AM Anonymous Says:

I totally agree with him.

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 Jul 24, 2019 at 12:48 PM shimonyehuda Says:

when kashrus becomes a business it becomes corrupt.

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 Jul 24, 2019 at 02:11 PM commonsense99 Says:

the sephadisher hechsher in Israel is a joke no one uses it

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 Jul 24, 2019 at 02:56 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

eida chareidis is affiliated with satmar, no?

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 Jul 24, 2019 at 09:31 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

Why is it ok to be stringent for meat but not for bugs on lettuce or not relying on a shtar mechira for shmira. He admitted that the eida is more stringent.

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 Jul 25, 2019 at 03:11 AM Greener Says:

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AuthenticSatmar Says:

Why is it ok to be stringent for meat but not for bugs on lettuce or not relying on a shtar mechira for shmira. He admitted that the eida is more stringent.

You don't understand. In the Eidah it's THE BUGS WHO GIVE THE HECHSER, on the lettuce and everything else.

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 Jul 25, 2019 at 03:30 AM SammyPos Says:

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AuthenticSatmar Says:

Why is it ok to be stringent for meat but not for bugs on lettuce or not relying on a shtar mechira for shmira. He admitted that the eida is more stringent.

Very valid point!

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