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PSAK HALACHA regarding status of food prepared with the non-Kosher for Pesach B’GAN UNSALTED MARGARINE SPREAD : The poskim that were consulted have ruled that any food that was made with the margarine in which the margarine is less than 50% of the recipe, may be used for Pesach. No kashering is required. Any unused product should not be used for Pesach.

Some one pound blocks of B’GAN UNSALTED MARGARINE SPREAD have Kosher for Pesach marking on the outer cardboard box, but on the printed wrapping inside do not have Pesach marking and list non-Pesach ingredients. This margarine should not be used for Pesach.

2021-3-25 Pesach Update PDF

J&J WHIPPED COTTAGE CHEESE in 16 oz. containers with a Best If Used By date of 04/18/21, and J&J SOUR CREAM in 16 oz. containers with a Best If Used By date of 05/05/21, were produced during a special Pesach production. Some of these containers inadvertently do not have Pesach marking, but they are nevertheless Kosher for Pesach.

YODER’S ORANGE JUICE in 52 oz. bottles with a plain OU, that have the letters KFP in the ink jet code on the bottle below the Best By date, are Kosher for Pesach.

Some 16 oz. containers of NATURAL & KOSHER ITALIAN COLLECTION RICOTTA CHEESE with a plain OK-D and no Pesach marking were mistakenly placed in the Pesach section at The Grove [One Stop] for a short time. These containers are not Kosher for Pesach. Please check every container.

SHNEIDER’S MA PUREE MASHED POTATOES with Lot # L185597 is marked as Pareve and Kosher for Pesach, but has been recalled because some packages may contain non-Kosher dairy mashed potatoes. This product with the above lot number should not be used.

2021-3-21 Pesach Update PDF

THE GROVE [ONE STOP] PRE-CHECKED ROMAINE LETTUCE will be produced specially for Pesach later this week (not before Wednesday), and requires special Pesach marking.

HAIN IODIZED SEA SALT, made in Belgium, was mistakenly in the Pesach section at The Grove [One Stop] for a short time. This product contains dextrose which may be chometz. (In Europe, dextrose is produced mainly from wheat fermentation.)

BROWN SUGAR requires Pesach certification or Pesach approval. Brown sugar that bears the Vaad Harabbonim’s K-COR symbol, such as Big Chief and Pioneer brands, is not acceptable for Pesach. Other brands in the Michigan area that bear the K-COR symbol, such as Kroger and Baker’s Corner [Aldi] brands, are also not acceptable for Pesach. The listing of these two brands on page 74 of the OU Pesach Guide refers only to Kroger and Baker’s Corner brands in areas where they bear an OU symbol.

RAW PASTEURIZED ALMONDS, including whole, sliced or slivered (but not blanched, and not ground), that are commercially packaged and do not list any additives or preservatives, are acceptable for Pesach, unless the label states that wheat is present in the same facility.

MA COHEN’S CREAMED FILLET OF HERRING – OU-D that bears Pesach marking (either OU-P or “Kosher for Passover” in a circle below the OU), and the date FEB 22 or FEB 24 stamped on the label, is Cholov Yisroel in all sizes, although the labels do not state Cholov Yisroel. This is a one-time event; no other productions are or will be Cholov Yisroel.

SEVENTH GENERATION DISH LIQUID – OU is acceptable for Pesach without Pesach marking, and is also available in a “Free & Clear” variety, that is ideal for those looking for a fruit / vegetable wash for Pesach with no dyes or fragrances.

BABY / CHILDREN PRODUCTS:. For the convenience of our readers, we list here a summary of some commonly used Baby / Children products approved for Pesach by Rabbi Bess and Star-K or other reliable sources:

Advil Children’s Junior Strength Coated Tablets
Bayer Children’s Aspirin
Benadryl Children’s Allergy liquid and Dye-Free liquid – all flavors
Benadryl Children’s Allergy chewable tablets – Grape
Motrin Children’s Suspension – all flavors
Motrin Infants’ Drops – all flavors
Sudafed PE Children’s Nasal Decongestant – Berry
Sudafed PE Children’s Cold & Cough – Grape
Tylenol Children’s Suspension – all flavors
Tylenol Infants’ Suspension – all flavors
MiraLax Powder

Remember – check every label for Pesach certification!

We wish all our readers a Chag Kosher V’Sameach

The Vaad Harabbonim presents the online PesachGram.

The PesachGram may take a moment to load and appear. Click on the bottom icon on left of frame for fullscreen.

A PDF version of the PesachGram is also available for view and download:

PesachGram PDF


2021-3-5 KosherGram PDF

KEMACH SANDWICH COOKIES (all varieties) that were produced in 2021 are Chodosh, not Yoshon, even if the package states Yoshon. These can be identified by the number 21 at the end of the date code (e.g. 032 21).

ENFAMIL PROSOBEE SOY INFANT FORMULA POWDER has changed from OU Pareve to OU Dairy Equipment.

ORGANIC BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS from Z NATURAL FOODS is certified by EarthKosher as Dairy Equipment. Some labels are inadvertently missing the DE designation.

QUAKER BANANAS & CREAM INSTANT OATMEAL sold in Canada was incorrectly labelled without a Dairy designation. This product is certified COR Dairy.

WISE SALSA (sauces) – all varieties: The OU certified many varieties of Wise Salsas. Due to changes at Wise Foods, the OU can no longer certify them, and new jars will not bear the OU symbol. Jars that still bear the OU symbol are certified. Check each jar.

FOOD CLUB RICE MEDLEY WITH HERBS is not OU certified. Some boxes bear an unauthorized OU symbol. If you see this product in the marketplace, please provide details to kosherq@ou.org.

‘100% ORGANIC GLYCERINE’ being sold by ARYAN INTERNATIONAL of Greater Noida, UP, India, with only a Star-K symbol on the label is not authorized. Glycerin from Aryan International is required to display the Rabbi’s Hebrew signature in addition to the Star-K symbol, in order to be certified.

WILTON SPRINKLES RECALL: Wilton Brands has announced a national recall of all lots of six sprinkles products and one kit containing affected sprinkles, because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Details are available at www.wilton.com/recall or 800-794-5866.

PRE-PESACH SHOPPING ADVICE

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BLANCHED ALMOND FLOUR at Costco: Some bags bear a Kof-K Pareve symbol (without Pesach marking), and some bags bear a K type symbol with the words “Certified for Passover”. Both types may be used for Pesach.

BLUE DIAMOND ALMOND FLOUR with a plain OK symbol may be used for Pesach.

GEFEN COCONUT MILK is certified by both the Volover Rav, Rabbi N.E. Teitelbaum, and the OU. The Volover Rav has issued a notice that all Gefen Coconut Milk (Sweetened and Unsweetened) is not Kosher for Pesach, despite the “Kosher for Pesach” print on the label. The OU maintains that this product is acceptable for use on
Pesach when bearing Pesach marking.

GREAT VALUE CONFECTIONERS POWDERED SUGAR (Walmart): Some on-line pictures of this product mistakenly show a UMK-P symbol. This contains corn starch and is not Kosher for Pesach. The actual product does not bear Pesach marking.

2021-2-5 KosherGram PDF

New MOUNTAIN DEW MAJOR MELON SODA, in regular and Zero Sugar varieties, is Kosher in the USA, Canada and Mexico, even without any Kashrus symbol.

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS in the white bag [“51% Cacao, Real Vanilla”, Costco Item #807473], which bears OU-D and does not list any dairy ingredients, was originally only dairy equipment. According to the OU, this status changed during 2020 to actual dairy ingredients, and any product purchased since March 2020 should be considered actual dairy. [Note: This product is being phased out, and is replaced by Costco Item #1331846 in a red bag, which bears OU-D and lists milkfat.]

HIDDEN VALLEY ORIGINAL RANCH SEASONING & SALAD DRESSING MIX in an 8 oz. shaker container contains buttermilk and is certified OU Dairy. Some older containers that may still be found in stores mistakenly bear only a plain OU without the D. Newer containers have been corrected and bear OU-D.

MILANO GIANT LADY FINGERS BISCUITS was incorrectly labeled with a COR DE [dairy equipment] symbol. This product is actually dairy and certified Kosher by COR [Toronto].

LOTUS FOODS HEAT & EAT RICE POUCHES
Scroll K [Denver] certification is being discontinued for the following three Lotus Foods Heat & Eat Rice products which are pre-cooked and sold in pouches:
• Organic White Jasmine & Forbidden Rice Blend Heat & Eat Pouch
• Organic White Jasmine Rice Heat & Eat Pouch
• Organic Brown Jasmine Rice Heat & Eat Pouch
Products that still bear the Scroll K symbol on the pouch are Kosher certified. Kosher certification of Lotus Foods raw rice products will continue.

DON ANECIO brand BALSAMIC VINEGAR and DON ANECIO BALSAMIC VINEGAR GLAZE are sold in the U.S. in retail and bulk packaging, and bear an unauthorized KLBD [London Beth Din] Kosher symbol. These are grape wine based products and are not Kosher. The KLBD symbol on the Don Anecio website is misleading.

AURORA TARALLI BARESI breadsticks in Plain, Black Pepper, Chilli Pepper and Fennel varieties bear an unauthorized MK [Montreal] symbol. In addition, these products have been marked Pareve when they are in fact Dairy.

FORRELLI ARTICHOKES (Allied International Corp.) bear an unauthorized OK symbol.

PRODUCT RECALLS

WEIS QUALITY COOKIES AND CREAM ICE CREAM in 48- ounce containers, with a UPC of 041497-01253 and with a sell by date of 10/28/21, has been recalled because the product may contain extraneous material, specifically metal filling equipment parts. More information is available at 866-999-9347.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES has recalled the following milk chocolate products, with specific Best By dates, due to potential foreign objects, specifically brittle plastic pieces.
• Hazelnut Five Star Bar
• Fruit & Nut Five Star Bar
• Almond Five Star Bar
• Granola Five Star Bar
• Organic Milk Chocolate Bar with Sea Salt & Almonds
• Milk Chocolate Almond Bark
• Chocolates of Vermont Green Mountain
These products can be found within a variety of other gift packages, boxes and baskets. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/potential-foreign-object-recall-lake-champlain-chocolates-issues-voluntary-recall-selected-milk or email info@lakechamplainchocolates.com

PREWASHED BRANDS OF ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD and COLESLAW that normally bear OK certification, such as Dole, Kroger brand and Marketside [Walmart], currently do not bear the OK symbol on many bags. Even the same store may have a mixture of some bags with the OK and some without. This is due to increased infestation levels in some batches. Little Salad Bar brand at Aldi currently does bear the OK symbol, but this may change. Check every bag for the Kashrus symbol.

2020-12-28 KosherGram PDF

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) are now being sold in U.S. stores, and require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. They are being sold locally at Kroger, Meijer, Aldi and other stores. The brands include Gilad, Sunset, Kroger and others, both regular and organic. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, and the sticker on individual peppers, for the country of origin.

Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual package or pepper should be checked. Details of the tithing procedure can be found (courtesy of cRc Chicago) at https://www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/Terumah_Maaser_Separation_(Dec%202016).pdf
Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), pomegranates, mangos, dates, dill and parsley. Check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin.

EARTH KOSHER [Rabbi Sholom H. Adler] is an acceptable certification.

ORE-IDA POTATO PRODUCTS: Many, but not all, Ore-Ida frozen potato products are OU certified. Check each product for the OU symbol.

BROWNBERRY STUFFING: Most Brownberry Stuffing is no longer OU certified and does not bear the OU symbol.

HARIBO GUMMI CANDY in the general market contains animal gelatin and is not Kosher. Only special productions that state Distributed by Paskesz, with prominent Kosher marking from Rabbi O.Y. Westheim / Rabbi Shulem Landau printed on the front and back of the package, are Kosher, and are made with Kosher fish gelatin. Some packages found in Israel, and possibly other locations, have a sticker on the back stating in Hebrew “Kosher certified by Chug HaRambam of France”. This product is not Kosher and the sticker is fraudulent. It was applied without Haribo’s knowledge or approval.

Some ARTICHOKE HUMMUS PRODUCTS under the following brands bear an unauthorized KVH symbol; they are not certified: Cedar’s, Shop-Rite Supermarket, Joseph’s, Simply Enjoy, Sprouts Farmers Market, Green Way, Little Salad Bar [Aldi], Wellsley Farms [BJs], Lidl US, Price Chopper.

ENLIGHTENED brand DOUGH BITES, distributed by Beyond Better Foods, are missing the “Dairy” designation from their cRc symbol. These products contain dairy ingredients, as indicated on their ingredient panel. The following products are mislabeled:
Birthday Cake Cookie Dough Bites
Fudge Brownie Dough Bites
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites

2020-11-23 KosherGram PDF

BELL PEPPERS FROM ISRAEL (red, yellow and orange) will soon begin appearing in U.S. stores, and will require taking of Terumos and Maaseros. Consumers should carefully check the fine print on the package, or the sticker on individual peppers sold loose, for the country of origin. Often the same brand has some peppers from Israel and some from other locations, so each individual package or pepper should be checked. Details of the tithing procedure can be found (courtesy of cRc Chicago) at Instructions for Separating Terumah and Ma’aser .

One should always be careful when buying produce to check the sticker, bag label or original case for the country of origin. Some additional examples of Israeli produce commonly found in the U.S. include tomatoes, carrots, citrus fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, clementines and pomelos), persimmons (“Sharon Fruit”), pomegranates, mangos, dates, dill and parsley.

DAKOTA BREAD COMPANY at 6879 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, is now under supervision of the Vaad Harabbonim and is certified Pareve and Pas Yisroel.

“KOSHER CHECK”, as found locally on Peanut Delight Peanut Butter sold at Aldi, is the symbol of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia and is acceptable (formerly known as BC Kosher).

TRADER JOE’S ALL NATURAL GLATT KOSHER YOUNG TURKEY that bears the OU and Rabbi Yechiel Babad symbols, and USDA # P-1015, is authorized and is acceptable. Its Kosher status can be further verified by the tiny [difficult to see] engravings in the metal crimp sealing the top of the bag. The upper end of the crimp bears the engraving P1015, and the lower end bears the letters OU and the word Kosher in Hebrew.

Some bags of FRESH EXPRESS ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD found recently in stores do not bear the Star-K symbol. These bags are not Star-K certified and are not recommended. Even the same store may have a mixture of some bags with the Star-K and some without. This may also apply to some store brands that normally bear the Star-K. Check each bag.

KROGER HEARTY VEGETABLE READY TO SERVE SOUP (18.8 oz. can) no longer bears an OU, and is no longer certified.

LOTUS BISCOFF SPREAD, made in Belgium, has Kosher certification only for special productions, and should be accepted only when bearing the Chug Chasam Sofer Bnai Brak symbol printed on the label. Some jars have only “K-Pareve Chug” ink jetted on the side of the unsecured cap, and no Kosher marking on the label. According to our information, the Kashrus status of these jars is questionable.

SLIMFAST KETO FAT BOMB SNACK CRISPS bears an unauthorized OU on some packages. This product is not OU certified.

MAYNARDS SOUR PATCH KIDS FROZEN DESSERT & LEMON SORBET from Nestlé Canada (1.5L tub) bears an unauthorized COR 95 Dairy symbol. This product is not Kosher.

GOOD NEIGHBORS TABOULI SALAD bears an unauthorized KVH Kosher symbol. Although other Good Neighbors products are KVH certified, Tabouli is not certified due to infestation issues.

PENN DUTCH COOKIES of various types, sold by Penn Dutch Cookie & Biscuit LLC, bear an unauthorized OK symbol. These products are not OK certified.

GOLCHIN GIARDINIERA, with a Best Before date of 12/20/2024 or earlier, bears an unauthorized KSA Kosher symbol. This product is not Kosher certified.

PARTANNA VINAIGRETTES (all varieties) are not OU certified. Some bottles bear an unauthorized OU symbol. If you see this product in the marketplace, please provide details to kosherq@ou.org .

WHOLE FOODS MARKET COOKING ORGANIC SEASONING Spice Pouches in the following two varieties are mislabeled:

• Umami Magic Dust bears an unauthorized Scroll K symbol. It is not certified Kosher.
• Lemon Herb with Thyme contains buttermilk, but mistakenly bears a plain Scroll K symbol without the D.

BELMONT frozen PUMPKIN PIE sold at Aldi contains milk powder and whey, but was mistakenly labeled with a plain Kof-K symbol without the D. This product is certified Kof-K Dairy.

TRISCUIT ROSEMARY & JALAPENO WITH CHIA SEEDS CRACKERS contains dairy ingredients and is certified OU Dairy. Some packaging in Canada mistakenly bears only a plain OU symbol without the D.

READY PROTEIN WATER in all varieties contains whey, a dairy ingredient, and is certified OU Dairy. Some labels mistakenly bear only a plain OU symbol without the D.

ARCTIC ZERO NON-DAIRY FROZEN DESSERT is certified OK Dairy. Some packages of the following varieties mistakenly bear a plain OK without the D: Brownie Blast, Cherry Chocolate Chunk and Cookie Dough Chunk.

PRODUCT RECALL

MISS VICKIE’S CANADA POTATO CHIPS RECALL: Certain Miss Vickie’s brand Kettle Cooked Potato Chips made in Canada have been recalled due to the possible presence of pieces of glass. Details are available at https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/2020-11-03/eng/1604456061321/1604456069989?print=1#r04 or at 866-264-2056.

2020-11-20 Kosher Notice PDF

WILD PLANET ALBACORE WILD TUNA IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL was recently distributed by a local food pantry, and bears an MK in a circle with the word Kosher in Hebrew and English inside the circle, to the right of the K.

This is not the symbol of the MK of Montreal, and it is not the MK symbol listed on the Vaad Harabbonim’s Recommended Kosher Symbols card.

2020-10-22 KosherGram PDF

PREWASHED BRANDS OF ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD that normally bear OK Kosher certification, such as Dole, Kroger, Little Salad Bar [Aldi], and Marketside {Walmart], currently do not bear the OK symbol on some bags. This is due to increased infestation levels in some batches. This also occurs occasionally with coleslaw products. Every bag should be checked for the OK symbol.

GEFEN PEARL BARLEY with date code 07-20-22 has been found to have infestation in some bags, and must be checked before using. Several Kashrus agencies recommend that all barley (and in particular Yoshon brands) be checked prior to use.
Following are two options for checking:
Soaking Method:
1. Place all the barley you wish to use in a white bowl, and fill the bowl with water, a few inches over the top of the barley.
2. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. If insects are present, they will float to the top. If any do, repeat the process, and if no more are then found, the barley may be used.
Plate Method:
1. Place a small pile of barley – about two ounces at a time – on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with good overhead light that illuminates the plate.
2. Use a finger or a fork to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-
apart barley, looking for webbing, black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels.
3. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package.

SEASON KIPPER SNACKS FILLETS OF HERRING was previously OU-P certified. Due to Covid-19 related challenges, this product was produced as non-Kosher and the OU has been removed. There may be OU and non-OU product available in the market simultaneously. Check each package for the OU symbol.

For the benefit of the consumer, we will repeat here two Season certification changes that were posted in August:

• Season Brisling Sardines and Season Sprats – Products of Latvia: These products were previously OU-P certified. Due to Covid- 19 related challenges, these products were produced as non-Kosher and the OU has been removed. There may be OU and non-OU product available in the market simultaneously. Check each package for the OU symbol.
• Season Sardines – Product of Morocco: This product was previously OU-P certified (Kosher for Pesach) year round, and Bishul Yisroel. Due to COVID-19 work and travel restrictions, this product will be certified as OU for year round use, but not Kosher for Pesach, and not Bishul Yisroel. (OU policy follows the widespread minhag that sardines do not require Bishul Yisroel.) Prior to Pesach, an additional quantity of OU-P product may be produced. There may be OU and OU-P product available in the market simultaneously. Check each package for its correct status.

FRIENDLY FARMS PUMPKIN SPICE WHIPPED DAIRY TOPPING and FRIENDLY FARMS MAPLE VANILLA WHIPPED DAIRY TOPPING (Limited Editions), sold at Aldi, contain cream and milk, but mistakenly bear only a plain OU without the D.

TRADER JOE’S CINNAMON ROLL (sliced, ready to eat) in some areas of the U.S. bears a KVH symbol, and mistakenly states Pareve. This contains butter and is certified KVH Dairy. In other areas (including Michigan), this product is made by a different, non-certified, manufacturer, and does not bear any Kashrus symbol.

CHEWY LEMONHEAD & FRIENDS FRUIT CANDY from Ferrara Candy Co. bears an unauthorized UMK. The only Ferrara candies that remain under UMK certification are Atomic Fireballs and Jawbreakers, and only when they bear the UMK symbol on each individual box.

EDEN WHOLE DRIED SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS: The OK has announced that this product now requires checking for insects, even when bearing the OK symbol, and that certification of this product will be suspended until further notice. For instructions on how to check, see https://www.ok.org/consumers/kosher-alerts/?alert_category=alert .

CLUB HOUSE CHEESE SAUCE MIX from McCormick Canada contains a non-Kosher ingredient and is not Kosher, even when mistakenly bearing the COR 94 DAIRY symbol.

QUAKER CEREALS UPDATE
• Cap’n Crunch Cereal – Regular (Original): The OU has informed us that although this cereal bears an OU-D, it is actually 100% pareve and is produced on pareve equipment. Years ago it was produced on dairy equipment and was labeled OU-D, and the packaging has not yet been updated.
• Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal in Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Golden Maple and Honey Nut varieties with an OU-D
do not contain dairy ingredients, but are produced on dairy equipment.

2020-10-2 Vaad Letter PDF available to view.

Erev Sukkos, 5781

As we are all aware, the COVID-19 virus, which had been largely dormant for several months in our community, has once again begun spreading here, and much more so, in other Jewish communities. While it appears that in most cases the symptoms of the virus are relatively mild, there have also been some extremely serious cases as a result of this spike of COVID-19. Needless to say, it is incumbent upon all of us to exercise great care to minimize any risk of exposure to, or transmission of, the virus.

It is also important to recognize that keeping the infection rate down in our community will, with Hashem’s help, help ensure that our yeshivos, botei medroshim and neighborhood businesses will remain open. If the infection rates in our community climbs high, there is a real threat that our mosdos will need to be closed, and we must do all in our power to avoid such an outcome.

As is well known, medical experts have identified a number of important steps people should take to protect themselves and those with whom they come into contact from COVID-19. These steps include social distancing, face covering, hand washing, special precautions for the elderly and for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and staying at home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In particular, as we approach the Yom Tov of Sukkos, it is important that such practices and procedures be implemented.

We stongly urge that the following basic guidelines should be followed by all.
• Anyone experiencing any symptoms of Covid must remain at home. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with Covid should quarantine themselves for the proper length of time.
• At this point in time, everyone should wear a face covering at all times in shul and in public places.
It is important that everyone should be in contact with their Rav for proper Halacha guidance and their medical health professional for proper medical advice for their personal safety.

May Hakadosh Baruch Hu bring refuah and yeshuah to all those in need of healing, and may all of us be blessed with good health, healing, strength and a Yom Tov that brings with it simcha, refuah, yeshuah and geulah.

Rabbi Avrohom Bleich
Rabbi Yosef Bromberg
Rabbi Levi Jundef
Rabbi Shaya Katz
Rabbi Simcha Klein
Rabbi Ari Kostelitz
Rabbi Boruch Levin
Rabbi Yisroel Menachem Levin
Rabbi Dov Loketch
Rabbi Yechiel Morris
Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg
Rabbi Chaim Gershon Steinmetz

2020-9-17 KosherGram PDF

FISH HEADS: [from New Square Kashrus Council]
• White fish: White fish heads are free of infestation concern.
• Salmon/Baby salmon: Salmon heads [even farm raised] are commonly infested with salmon lice (small brownish parasites ranging in size from approximately 1-3 cm).
· The entire gills must be removed. (It may be easier to first cut the head in half before cleaning).
· Rinse the head thoroughly with water while rubbing all surfaces of the head (inside and outside), including all cracks, crevices and folds, and under and around the tongue. Inspect the head to make sure it is clean.
One who wants to avoid the checking process may just rinse the head and cook the head in a separate pot, take a small piece from the flesh of the head, and visually inspect it before eating to make sure there is no foreign object on it.
• Carp: Carp heads may be infested with very small transparent insects called Argulus that are very hard to detect. There is no known method to clean infested carp heads properly, and they should not be used unless checked by an expert.

BLACK EYED PEAS are often infested and require careful checking. The following is the Star-K procedure for checking dried, canned or frozen black eyed peas, and applies even if the product bears Kashrus certification. (Note: All canned peas and beans always require Kashrus certification, for general Kashrus concerns.)
• Dried black eyed peas should first be boiled in water. After they have been fully cooked, turn off the flame and allow the peas to soak in the water for 2-3 hours. The peas will swell and the peel will become translucent. Then check as below.
• Canned or frozen black eyed peas may be checked straight out of the can/bag; there is no need to boil or soak.
• To check (all types): Take the peas and inspect for holes or dark-colored stains, as this may indicate an insect beneath the thin peel. If there is a dark spot on the peel, remove the thin skin and check if there is a cavity with a bug in it. (The black “eye” spot is not a sign of infestation. Similarly, orange colored stains on the surface are not signs of infestation; only dark or black stains are of concern.)
[Note: For those who prefer not to rely on checking, some Poskim advise that the Rosh Hashana simanim custom can be fulfilled without eating the item, by placing it on the table and looking at it.]

PAS YISROEL:
In addition to TRADER JOE’S brand of CHOCOLATE BROOKLYN BABKA and HALF MOON COOKIES that are Pas Yisroel, as listed in the August KosherGram, Trader Joe’s new CINNAMON BROOKLYN BABKA variety with OU Pareve is also Pas Yisroel (not Yoshon).
Many BENTON’S CHOCOLATE CHIP and SANDWICH COOKIES at Aldi , which in the past were OU Pareve, have changed or are changing to OU-D. Check each package for its correct status. We are researching whether the OU-D indicates actual dairy or only dairy equipment. (They are not Pas Yisroel.)

We Wish All a K’siva v’Chasima Tova

COVID update, Instructions for Rosh Hashanah Davening and Zmanim for Shabbos/Yom Tov

We are still experiencing a pandemic, and there has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in several orthodox communities. We remind everyone to remain vigilant during the upcoming Yomim Tovim, especially as guests and students from out-of-town will be home and visiting our community.  Each person’s risk and medical history is different. Please consult your doctor for medical advice and your rav for halachic guidance. Needless to say, anyone who feels ill or has any symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home.

For those davening at home, the following guidelines should be followed:

Certain parts of Tefillah are omitted when davening individually, including Kaddish, Barchu, Chazaras ha-Shatz, Kedusha and Hotza’as ve-Hachnosas Sefer Torah.  In addition, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah which falls on Shabbos, Ashkenazim omit the second Yekum Perkan and Mishaberach.

While an individual Davening alone has no obligation to recite any of the individual piyyutim from Chazaras ha-Shatz, (such as U’nesane Tokef, L’Kel Orech Din, etc.) one may, however, recite them if desired.

Each individual should make arrangements to hear the Shofar on Sunday, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Avinu Malekeinu is not recited on the first day of Rosh Hashanah which coincides with Shabbos, but it is recited on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Although not required, it is appropriate to read the Krias HaTorah from a Chumash, with the trop if possible. Similarly, the Haftorah, with the trop, should be read as well. No Berachos should be recited on the Torah reading or the Haftorah.

Because this first day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbos, we delay the recitation of Tashlich until Sunday, the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah.

Zmanim/Schedule:

FRIDAY, EREV SHABBOS/EREV ROSH HASHANAH, SEPTEMBER 18

  • Zman candle lighting is at 7:19 pm.  Mincha should be completed before 7:37 pm.

FIRST DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH – SHABBOS, SEPTEMBER 19

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 7:18 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:46 am or 10:22 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:24 am (Gr”a.)
  • Chatzos, midday, is at 1:27 pm
  • Mincha should be recited after 1:57 pm.
  • It is preferred to end Shalosh Seudos by 4:30 pm.
  • Shkiah (sunset) is at 7:35 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Preparations for second day and Candle Lighting may not begin before 8:17 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 8:47 pm)
  • Please remember to recite the special Yom Tov Kiddush for Motzei Shabbos (YKNH”Z).

SECOND DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH – SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 20 

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 7:19 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:46 am or 10:22 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:24 am (Gr”a.)
  • Chatzos, midday, is at 1:26 pm
  • Mincha can be recited after 1:57 pm and must be completed before 7:33 pm.
  • Yom Tov concludes at 8:15 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 8:45 pm). Havdalah should not be recited before then.

TZOM GEDALYA – FAST OF GEDALYA – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • Fast Begins: 6:08 am
  • Fast Concludes: 8:13 pm