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2020-6-30 KosherGram PDF

New FANTA PINA COLADA SODA in 20 oz. plastic bottles, made in the U.S., is OU certified and pareve, and bears an OU on the cap.

FANTA PINA COLADA SLURPEE SYRUP (“FCB”) is certified OU Dairy. A list issued in the beginning of June mistakenly omitted its dairy designation initially.

COCA-COLA, SPRITE and FANTA SODAS made in MEXICO and sold in U.S. stores in 12 oz. glass bottles are not certified Kosher and are not recommended.

SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER SINGLES in 1.5 oz. containers, which are being distributed by local food banks, do not bear an OU, but they are nevertheless Kosher.

McCORMICK PERFECT PINCH SEASONINGS: Most, but not all, of the varieties in this seasoning line are OU certified. Two varieties – Salad Supreme and Roasted Garlic & Bell Pepper – are not, and contain milk or cheese. – All McCormick products are Kosher only when bearing the OU; check each item.

ENLIGHTENED brand DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FROZEN DESSERT bears an OU-D and is certified Dairy Equipment. However, some pint containers that state “Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Frozen Dessert” were mistakenly filled with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream which contains actual dairy and may not be eaten after meat. These containers have lids that are labeled “Chocolate Peanut Butter” without the words “Dairy Free”, and have a Best By date of 11/5/21 on the bottom of the container. More information is available at https://eatenlightened.com/pages/recall-notice or at 800-819-2998.

GORDON CHOICE brand CHOICE SLICED STEWED TOMATOES from Gordon Food Service bears an OU on the case but not on the individual #10 [102 oz.] cans. Being that we have not been able to confirm the Kashrus status of this product, we cannot recommend it at this time.

TENLI GUMMY WORMS from VIDAL CANDIES of SPAIN are not Star-K certified. Some cases bear an unauthorized Star-K.

PURE SEA HOT SMOKED WHITEFISH bears an unauthorized KSA symbol. This item is not Kosher certified.

PAS YISROEL NOTICE: Due to an equipment failure, the following cookies that are normally OK certified as Pas Yisroel, are actually not Pas Yisroel:
• TRADER JOE’S Soft Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with a date code of NOV 04 20.
• MATT’S COOKIES of the following varieties that are date coded between NOV 03 20 – NOV 26 20: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Walnut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Cranberry Walnut, S’Mores, and Peanut Butter.

THE CHODOSH SEASON is approaching. Those who want to purchase Yoshon items to store over the Chodosh season should prepare to do so. Please note that all grain and flour products that will be stored should be refrigerated in order to avoid insect infestation.

PRODUCT RECALLS

SALADS RECALL: Fresh Express has recalled all branded and private label salad products produced at its Streamwood, IL facility through June 26 that contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and/or carrot ingredients, due to a possible health risk from Cyclospora. These products bear the letter Z in the beginning of the code below the Use By date, followed by a number of 178 or lower. This includes various iceberg, coleslaw and other products under the following brand names: FRESH EXPRESS, LITTLE SALAD BAR [Aldi], MARKETSIDE [Walmart] GIANT EAGLE, SIGNATURE FARMS [Jewel-Osco], HY-VEE, and WHOLESOME PANTRY [ShopRite]. Details are available at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fresh-express-issues-a-precautionary-recall-of-products-containing-iceberg-red-cabbage-and-carrots-produced-at-its-streamwood-il-facility-due-to-a-potential-cyclospora-risk-301084706.html or at 800-242-5472.
[NOTE: Little Salad Bar and Marketside salads that bear an OK Kosher symbol (as in the local Detroit area) are not produced by Fresh Express, and are not included in this recall.]

HAND SANITIZERS WARNING/RECALL: The FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol) which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The following brands are included when they state Made in Mexico: All-Clean, CleanCare NoGerm, Esk Biochem, Lavar 70 Gel, Saniderm, and The Good Gel. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-advises-consumers-not-use-hand-sanitizer-products-manufactured-eskbiochem and at https://sanidermproducts.com/press-release-6%2F26%2F2020

CHILDREN’S ROBITUSSIN HONEY COUGH & CHEST CONGESTION DM (4 oz.) and CHILDREN’S DIMETAPP COLD AND COUGH (8 oz.): Specific lots have been recalled due to the inclusion of incorrect dosing cups. Details are available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/gsk-consumer-healthcare-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-childrens-robitussinr-honey-cough-and or at 800-762-4675.

MINIWARE TEETHING SPOONS from Bonnsu have been recalled because the teething spoon can break in a child’s mouth when being used as a teether, posing a choking hazard to infants. Details are available at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/bonnsu-recalls-miniware-teething-spoons-due-to-choking-hazard or at 855-334-8129.

2020-6-9 KosherGram PDF

New CANADA DRY BOLD GINGER ALE is Kosher.

New COCA-COLA STRAWBERRY from Japan, now available online in the U.S., is not Kosher approved.

DOLE ICEBERG LETTUCE SALADS: Some bags of Dole Garden Salad and Dole Shredded Lettuce currently in stores do not bear the OK symbol. These bags are not OK certified and are not recommended. Even the same store may have a mixture of some bags with the OK and some without. Check each bag.

Other OK certified brands should also be checked for the OK symbol on each bag. This includes Kroger, Little Salad Bar [Aldi], and Marketside [Walmart] brands.

KROGER BITE SIZE SHREDDED WHEAT CEREAL no longer bears an OU. After much research we have confirmed that it is no longer OU certified due to change of plants, and it is not recommended.

SLIMFAST POWDER MIXES are no longer OU certified due to a change in manufacturing. New containers now in stores do not bear an OU. Containers still bearing the OU-D symbol were produced before this change. Other Slimfast products (liquid shakes, snacks and bars) remain OU-D certified. [Thanks to Kashrut.com for notice of change; (Details we further researched.)]

ONE STOP KOSHER FOOD MARKET: Only the following One Stop departments are supervised by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit:

• Deli Dept.
• Pizza Stop
• Superior Meat Dept.
• Fresh Bakery Dept.
• Repackaged Bulk Candies bearing the K-COR symbol
• Fresh Produce [insect-prone items that do not bear certification on the label need to be checked by the consumer]

The consumer should check all other products for a reliable Kosher certification on the label. For any questions, feel free to call the COR (Council of Orthodox Rabbis/Vaad Harabbonim). – Please note that frozen vegetables that are insect-prone, such as broccoli and cauliflower, should not be used without reliable certification.

REPACKAGED MEAT PRODUCTS: The Kashrus certification of factory produced meat and poultry products is valid only as long as the original factory packaging and labeling remain intact. Once the package is opened and the product is repackaged by a local store, the original certification is no longer in effect. Reliable supervision is necessary at the store level to assure the Kashrus of the repackaged product. Repackaged meat and poultry products should not be purchased from an unsupervised store, even if the store label on the product lists the name of a Kosher brand or the name/symbol of a Kashrus certification.

As a case in point [Kashrut.com]: An unsupervised supermarket in NJ repackaged chicken wings and printed on the store label “KJ Kosher”. This was unauthorized, and the product cannot be accepted as Kosher.

MISSING DAIRY DESIGNATION: The following products contain dairy ingredients, as listed in their ingredient statements, but they mistakenly do not bear the dairy designation:

• WALMART FRESHNESS GUARANTEED CHERRY PIE mistakenly bears a plain OU without a D on some boxes.
• DUNCAN HINES CHOCOLATE FROSTING YELLOW CAKE PUDDING: Some club pack cartons were mislabeled with a plain OK symbol. The inner sleeves are correctly labeled with the OK-D symbol.
• OUR SPECIALTY CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES ‘N CREME CAKE TRUFFLES manufactured by Rich Products Corp. mistakenly bears a plain BVK [Buffalo Vaad Hakashrus] without a D.
• OVAEASY EGG-IN A-CUP products were mistakenly labeled Kof-K DE instead of Kof-K Dairy.

The following CECE’S VEGGIE CO. products are not OU certified, but mistakenly bear an OU on some labels: Buffalo Cauli; Cauli & Cheese; Dinos & Cheese; Grillerz Z-Cut Summer Squash with Garlic Herb Butter; and Zucchini with Marinara.

JEPPSON’S MALORT LIQUEUR: A limited quantity of special edition Jeppson’s Malort Liqueur was produced with non-Kosher ingredients. The cRc Kosher symbol has been covered on the labels of these limited products.

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 22
• Plag Hamincha is at 7:23 pm. Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time. All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:46 pm.
• Zman candle lighting is at 8:38 pm. Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:56 pm.
• Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:46 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 23
• Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:04 am.
• Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:11 am or 9:47 am (Gr”a.)
• Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:01 am (Gr”a.)
• This Shabbos we read Parshas Bamidbar. The Haftorah for Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh is from Sefer Shmuel I (20:18-42)
• Birchas Hachodesh is recited this week as it is Shabbos Mevarchim. (Rosh Chodesh Sivan yihyeh b’yom Rishon.) The Molad occurred on Friday morning, May 22 in Yerushalayim, at 11:42 am and 13 Chalakim.
• We recite Av Harachamim
• Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:07 pm.
• Avos Perek Vav.
• Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:57 pm. Mincha should be completed before then.
• No Tzidkascha Tzedek at Mincha
• Ya’ale V’Yavo during Maariv
• We do not recite Vihi Noam and V’atta Kadosh
• Shabbos concludes at 9:47 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 10:09 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.
Sunday is Rosh Chodesh Sivan. We do not recite Tachanun from now until and including Isru chag, Sunday, May 31. Some do not resume reciting Tachanun until after the 12th of Sivan.

2020-5-21 Vaad Letter PDF available to view.

27 Iyar 5780

May 21, 2020

To the Detroit Jewish Community,

As Michigan’s number of COVID-19 cases continues to steadily decline B”H, and as more safety restrictions are slowly and safely lifted, the Rabbonim have decided that it is time to begin plans to safely restart minyanim.

It is critical to realize that even as these steps are taken, the pandemic is not over. It is not yet safe to return to normal, and continued adherence to health guidelines remains crucial. How and when each shul can safely reopen in compliance with the recommended safety measures depends on the individual needs of each shul. The size and layout of their physical structure, the age and risk-factors of their members, and the ability to monitor and enforce their specific guidelines are just some of the factors each shul needs to consider as to when and how they will reopen.

Because of the myriad of factors that create different situations, we have collectively decided that each shul will open at a time and in a way that is best suited for its constituency and physical layout. Each Rov will decide for his kehilla how and when to open. We ask that you consult with your shul leadership for specific details. The collective voice of the Vaad Harabbonim calls upon each member of our community to diligently adhere to the specific guidelines set forth by each of our Rabbonim.

Members of the community should realize that davening in shul will look different than it did prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of mispallelim permitted at any one time will, for now, be limited. Additionally, each Shul is required to maintain proper social distancing and the wearing of masks as legally mandated.

The Vaad encourages those davening with a minyan to only join a minyan that is under the auspices of a Rov who will set specific guidelines and oversee that all safety precautions are adhered to. All minyanim, including outdoor minyanim, must follow the following minimal guidelines:

  • Each minyan should have someone appointed to monitor and ensure that safety guidelines are being adhered to at all times.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet must be safely maintained at all times.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Minyanim inside homes are not permitted, even in the event of inclement weather.
  • Outdoor minyanim should be held only in enclosed areas or other areas away from public view.
  • Anyone who feels ill or has any symptoms of COVID-19, or has had recent contact with an individual who has COVID-19, should remain at home. Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 should remain at home for at least 14 days after symptoms have resolved.
  • Anyone over 65 should not participate in a minyan without express permission from their personal physician.
  • Anyone at high risk of complications from COVID-19 should remain at home.
  • Absolutely no congregating is allowed before or after minyan.

The easing of restrictions on minyanim should not be viewed as a relaxing of general adherence to social distancing. These guidelines apply to tefilla b’tzibbur only. All other restrictions remain unchanged.

We fervently daven to the Ribbono Shel Olam that He should send good health to all, and that He continue to protect our community and all of Klal Yisroel.

May we merit Yeshuos and Refuos soon,

Rabbi Chaim Moshe Bergstein

Rabbi Avrohom Bleich

Rabbi Yosef Bromberg

Rabbi Avi Cohen

Rabbi Shmuel Irons

Rabbi Levi Jundef

Rabbi Shaya Katz

Rabbi Simcha Klein

Rabbi Ari Kostelitz

Rabbi Boruch Levin

Rabbi Yisroel Menachem Levin

Rabbi Yechiel Morris

Rabbi Moshe Radner

Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg

Rabbi Chaim Gershon Steinmetz

Rabbi Yissachar Wolf

Rabbi Eli Yelen


 

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 15

  • Plag Hamincha is at 7:17 pm.  Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time.  All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:38 pm.
  • Zman candle lighting is at 8:31 pm.  Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:49 pm.
  • Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:38 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 16

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:10 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:14 am or 9:50 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:03 am (Gr”a.)
  • This Shabbos we read Parshas Behar/Bechukosai. The Haftorah is from Sefer Yirmiyahu (16:19 – 17:14)
  • Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:06 pm.
  • Avos Perek Hey.
  • Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:50 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Shabbos concludes at 9:39 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 10:02 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 8

  • Today is Pesach Sheni. Some have the Minhag to omit Tachanun during Shacharis.
  • Plag Hamincha is at 7:11 pm.  Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time.  All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:29 pm.
  • Zman candle lighting is at 8:23 pm.  Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:41 pm.
  • Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:29 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 9

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:17 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:18 am or 9:54 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:06 am (Gr”a.)
  • This Shabbos we read Parshas Emor. The Haftorah is from Sefer Yechezkel (44:15-31)
  • Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:06 pm.
  • Avos Perek Daled.
  • Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:42 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Shabbos concludes at 9:30 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 9:54 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

This coming Monday, May 11, is the second Monday of BeHaB

This coming Tuesday, May 12, is Lag BaOmer. We do not recite Tachanun on Tuesday as well as during Mincha on Monday afternoon.

2020-4-30 KosherGram PDF

 

WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE for grocery delivery or curbside pickup, be sure to check the actual label on each item when the order is received. This is essential because:

  • Many online descriptions or pictures give inaccurate or outdated information regarding the product’s Kosher status.
  • The store may substitute non-Kosher or non-approved products if the requested ones are not available.

Following are two recent examples:

  • When a search for EMPIRE KOSHER CHICKEN at Costco yielded no results, an online grocery delivery service company website offered, as a “related result”, a non-Kosher brand of chicken [Foster Farms] as “Kosher”.
  • SIMPLE TRUTH ORGANIC CANNED DICED TOMATOES IN TOMATO JUICE is pictured on the Kroger website with an OU. After pickup, a shopper found that some cans bear an OU, and other cans bear a different, non-approved symbol.

ALSO BE AWARE that due to the pandemic, some manufacturing plants are unable to obtain sufficient Kosher ingredients (e.g. cheese) for their productions, and some plants are expanding the range of products they make to offset lack of availability from their usual suppliers. As a result, some products will lose their Kosher certification, and some products will change from pareve to dairy. Every product label must be carefully checked for its proper status.

DOLE ICEBERG LETTUCE SALADS: Some bags of Dole Garden Salad and Dole Shredded Lettuce currently in stores do not bear the OK symbol. These bags are not OK certified and are not recommended.

CAROLINA brand BROWN RICE: The cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council) reports that while brown rice in the Midwest is generally free of infestation issues, Carolina brand brown rice has been found to have infestation issues even in the Midwest.  Consumers are advised not to use Carolina brand brown rice without a thorough checking.

The following is the procedure for checking brown rice as per the Star-K:

  1. Place the brown rice (no more than 16 oz. at a time) in a mesh strainer. Mesh size should ideally be #12 mesh or larger.
  2. Shake the brown rice over a lightbox or white paper for 25-30 seconds.
  3. Examine the surface of the lightbox or paper for any insect presence. If no insects are found, the brown rice may be used. If any       insects are found, the brown rice should not be used.

 UNCLE BEN’S WHOLEGRAIN PARBOILED BROWN RICE mistakenly bears an OU-D on some 25 lb. bags. This product is OU Pareve.

CAMILLE BLOCH SWISS MILK CHOCOLATE BAR mistakenly says Pareve on some labels. This product is dairy and Cholov Yisroel.

VITA WILD HERRING IN WINE SAUCE 32 oz. bearing a plain OU with lot code 03609 and Best if Used Before date JUN 26 20 has been recalled because it may be mislabeled and may actually contain Herring In Sour Cream (certified OU-D). Mislabeled jars will be obvious by the white sour cream sauce visible through the clear plastic jar. For more information contact Vita at 800- 989-8482.

HERSHEY’S ICE CREAM FUDJO CHOCOLATEY FUDGE BAR 2.5 ounce was mistakenly labeled Kof-K DE instead of the required Kof-K Dairy. This product contains milk, as clearly stated on the label, and is certified Kosher Dairy.

GORDON CHOICE FROZEN VEGETABLES from Gordon Food Service bear an unauthorized wKs [Whole Kosher Services] symbol on some products, including broccoli and cauliflower. No Gordon Choice or GFS products are wKs certified.

iO INSPIRED ORGANICS BALSAMIC VINEGAR is not OU certified. Some labels bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

BEST YET ONION RINGS are not OU certified. Some packages bear an unauthorized OU symbol.

NO SUGAR, VEGAN PURE and VEGAN WAY brands of products sold by the No Sugar Company Limited and Vegan Way Nutrition Inc. are not certified Kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of British Columbia [“Kosher Check”]. The            K check logo on them is a Keto Diet symbol, not a Kosher symbol.

NESTLE NERDS CANDY is not OU certified, and does not bear an OU symbol. Rainbow Nerds in Israel bears an Allbrands Importer Israel sticker that wrongly states that Nerds is certified by the Orthodox Union.

MALK ORGANICS nut milks and oat milks bear an unauthorized HKA logo.

PRODUCT RECALLS

BENEFIBER HEALTHY SHAPE [PREBIOTIC] FIBER SUPPLEMENT POWDER and BENEFIBER PREBIOTIC FIBER SUPPLEMENT POWDER from  five specific lots have been recalled due to green plastic pieces or shavings from bottle caps that may be present in the product, posing a choking or injury hazard. Details are available at https://www.benefiber.com/recall/ or 800-452-0051.

LENOX brand 2.5 QUART WHISTLING STAINLESS STEEL TEA KETTLES  have been recalled because they can expel hot water during use, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Details are available at www.gocontinuum.com or 800-669-6385.

EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, MAY 1 

  • Plag Hamincha is at 7:05 pm.  Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time.  All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:20 pm.
  • Zman candle lighting is at 8:16 pm.  Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:34 pm.
  • Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:20 pm.

SHABBOS DAY – MAY 2 

  • Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:26 am.
  • Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:22 am or 9:58 am (Gr”a.)
  • Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:09 am (Gr”a.)
  • This Shabbos we read Acharei Mos and Kedoshim. The Haftorah is from Acharei Mos from the Navi, Amos (9:7-15)
  • Some have the custom to recite the special Mi Shebearach for those who will undertake to fast during the three fast days of Behab which are this coming Monday, Thursday and the following Monday
  • Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:05 pm.
  • Avos Perek Gimmel.
  • Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:35 pm.  Mincha should be completed before then.
  • Shabbos concludes at 9:21 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 9:47 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

The final time to recite Kiddush Levana is the entire night following Wednesday, May 6.

This coming Friday, May 8 is Pesach Sheini.  Some have the Minhag to omit Tachanun.

ברוך דיין האמת

בצער רב אנו מודיעים על פטירתו של

הרב הגאון ר’ שאול זכריש זצ”ל

רב בדעטראיט וחבר נשיאות ועד הרבנים

With deep sadness, the Vaad HaRabbonim mourns the passing today of Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash Zt”l, Rav of Cong. Shomrei Emunah of Southfield, Michigan for more than 50 years.  Rabbi  Zachariash  served on the presidium of the Vaad Harabonim for many years, and after the passing of Rabbi Leizer Levin and Rabbi Chatzkel Grubner Zt”l, served as its Yoshev Rosh.

Rav Zachariash was a close Talmid of R’ Yaakov Kamenetzky and R’ Ruderman Zt”l  and received semicha from R’ Ruderman.  Before moving to Detroit he served as Rav in Vineland, NJ, Hunter, NY, and Toledo OH.  In Detroit he also served as a Rebbi in Yeshiva Bais Yehuda,  later taking on the role of principal.  He was an active Mohel, and was able to do Safrus and Shechita as well.

His selfless dedication to the Klall was legendary.  He was beloved to his congregants and helped many people behind the scenes.  Nothing was beneath his dignity to do for Hashem and for his fellow man.  Although his accomplishments were many, he constantly avoided Kavod.  Fulfilling Hashem’s Ratzon was the only thing that mattered at all times and that was the way he led his life.  His persona was one of a true Eved Hashem.

Together with his late wife, Rebbetzin Bracha Zachariash A”h, he was zoche to build a beautiful home and distinguished family. His children are Rabbi Avrohom and Rivka Schwartz of Flatbush, NY, Rabbi Eli Meyer and Orah Jundef of Southfield, MI, Rabbi Eli and Avigail Teichman of Lakewood, NJ and Rabbi Avrohom Boruch and Chana Zachariash of Ramat Shlomo, Yerushalayim.  The Zachariashs were zoche to many grandchildren and great grandchildren, kein yirbu.

May the family be comforted along with all mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

יהי זכרו ברוך

Please note: The funeral for Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash will IY”H take place in Israel tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM (our time). The call in numbers are: Israel +972 (3) 9121841   US (267) 930-4000   Access# 105-494-227. 

Mrs. Orah Jundef is sitting Shiva locally. She can be reached at (248)737-2756.

 

2020-4-23View as PDF

EREV ROSH CHODESH IYAR – THURSDAY, APRIL 23
• During Maariv, remember to recite Yaaleh VeYavo
• Sefiras HaOmer should be counted after 9:10 pm

ROSH CHODESH IYAR/EREV SHABBOS – FRIDAY, APRIL 24
• During Shacharis, usual Rosh Chodesh Davening which includes Yaaleh VeYavo, half-Hallel, Musaf and Borchi Nafshi
• The Mishna Berura says that although it is during the mourning period associated with Sefiras HaOmer, one may take a haircut and shave today in honor of Shabbos Rosh Chodesh
• Plag Hamincha is at 6:59 pm. Those making early Shabbos should complete Mincha before then and light candles at that time. All three paragraphs of Krias Shema should be repeated after nightfall at 9:11 pm.
• Yaaleh VeYavo in Mincha and Maariv
• Zman candle lighting is at 8:07 pm. Those accepting Shabbos at the Zman should complete Mincha before 8:25 pm.
• Sefiras Haomer should be counted after 9:11 pm.

SHABBOS DAY/ROSH CHODESH IYAR – APRIL 25
• Honetz Hachama (sunrise) is at 6:35 am.
• Sof Zman Krias Shema (M”A) is at 9:27 am or 10:03 am (Gr”a.)
• Sof Zman Tefillah is at 11:12 am (Gr”a.)
• Yaaleh VeYavo and half-Hallel during Shacharis
• This Shabbos we read Tazria and Metzora. Maftir is from Parshas Pinchas in Sefer Bamidbar (28: 9-15) The Haftorah is for Shabos Rosh Chodesh from Sefer Yishayahu (66:1-24, repeating Pasuk 23 at the end.)
• No Av HaRachamim this week
• Musaf for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh with Atta Yatzarta
• Borchei Nafshi
• Mincha on Shabbos day should be recited after 2:05 pm.
• Yaaleh VeYavo at Mincha and no Tzidkascha Tzedek
• Avos Perek Beis
• Shkiah (sunset) on Shabbos day is at 8:26 pm. Mincha should be completed before then.
• Shabbos concludes at 9:12 pm (Rabbenu Tam at 9:39 pm) Havdalah and Sefiras Haomer should not be recited before then.

2020-4-21View as PDF

כ”ז ניסן תש”פ

April 21, 2020

In response to many inquiries regarding payments to playgroups during the current situation in which they cannot function, the Vaad HaRabbonim would like to state the following.

There are differences of opinion amongst the Poskim as to whether hired employees such as playgroup Moros should be paid when not working due to a widespread situation beyond anyone’s control. In a famous T’shuva from the Chasam Sofer regarding a similar question, the Chasam Sofer states that due to the complexity of the shaila it is difficult to give a definite ruling and suggests a compromise payment of half the normal salary. He adds that he personally paid his melamdim their full wages during the closure.

In line with this P’sak, the Vaad Harabonim would like to recommend such a compromise for our community. Beginning with the month of April, wherever it is financially workable, Moros should be paid half of their monthly salary. For those who can afford it and would like to go beyond that and pay more, that would truly be commendable. If, due to the current situation, one cannot afford to pay the half, they should try to work out their own compromise with the Morah and pay whatever they can. Babysitters that are hired with a commitment for the school year should also receive half-pay. Those that are hired on a per day basis do not have to be paid for their lost income.

Regarding using ma’aser funds for the above-mentioned payments, or for questions regarding specific individual situations, one should consult with their Rov.

We thank everyone for their cooperation, Chesed and Shalom in these trying times. May we be zoche soon to Yeshuos and Refuos for the entire Klal Yisroel.


 

Rabbi Yisroel M. Levin

Rabbi Yechiel Morris

Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg

Presidium

 

Rabbi Shmuel Irons

Rosh Kollel, Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit

 

Rabbi Asher Eisenberger

Dayan, Agudas Yisroel Mogen Avraham

 

CHOMETZ may be purchased immediately after Pesach at the following stores in the Detroit area, except for Dunkin Donuts (10 & Greenfield) where chometz should not be bought until 10:15 PM, due to the Halachic requirement of “bichdei sh’yaasu”.

All K-COR certified establishments
Aldi
BJ’s
Busch’s Fresh Food Market
Costco
CVS
Dollar Tree Stores
Family Dollar Stores
GFS (Gordon Food Service)
Joe Randazzo’s Fruit Market
K-Mart
Meijer
Nutrifoods
One Stop Kosher Market
Plum Market
Rite Aid
Sam’s Club
Save-A-Lot (11 & Greenfield)
Superior Kosher Meats
Trader Joe’s
Wal-Mart
Walgreens
Westborn
Whole Foods

It is advisable to wait two weeks after Pesach (May 1) before buying “pure” chometz products (e.g., bread, grain cereals, pasta, cookies and pretzels) at Jewish-owned stores that do not observe Pesach, even if they made a Mechiras Chometz before Pesach, due to the possibility that new chometz was received during Pesach. This includes Restaurant Depot, Johnny Pomodoro’s Fresh Market, and Natural Food Patch. It is permitted to purchase most other products immediately after Pesach, including pearled raw barley, dry cake mixes, flour (without malted barley), glue, all kitniyos, ketchup, mayonnaise, medicines, mustard, vinegar, vitamin tablets, baker’s yeast, and yeast extract.

Buying chometz from Kroger and Target in the Detroit area after Pesach involves Halachic uncertainty. Although these stores are owned by non-Jews, there is a possibility that they are supplied by privately-owned Jewish food distributor C&S, and the chometz sold after Pesach may have been in the possession of C&S during Pesach. Since it is difficult to gather precise information, it is commendable to wait two weeks after Pesach (May 1), before buying “pure” chometz items from these stores.

LIEBER’S TOMATO SAUCE is Kosher for Pesach only when bearing Pesach certification. Non-Pesach cans state openly on the label “NOT FOR PASSOVER”. 34 non-Pesach cans (15 oz.) were mistakenly sold at One Stop on Tuesday April 7. Please check your purchases.

BODEK frozen BUTTERNUT SQUASH is Kosher for Pesach, even if the bag does not state so.

Remember – check every label for Pesach certification!

We wish all our readers a Chag Kosher V’Sameach

KLEIN’S REAL KOSHER VANILLA ICE CREAM CHOCOLATE COATED BARS 6 Packs bear Pesach certification on some packages. These packages are Kosher for Pesach only if the individual bars inside are in special clear plastic wrappers with no wording. Some Pesach marked packages mistakenly contain bars in regular preprinted wrappers that list many ingredients including corn syrup, mono and diglycerides, lecithin, etc. These bars are not certified for Pesach and contain kitniyos, and should be put away until after Pesach.

YARDEN frozen FAVA BEANS mistakenly states (in Hebrew) Kosher l’Pesach “l’lo chashash kitniyos”. This product is kitniyos, and should say “l’ochlei kitniyos” (only for those who eat kitniyos on Pesach).

LIEBER’S canned CRUSHED TOMATOES WITH BASIL bearing the code QA BBD 01/29/23 KFP has been recalled because the can may expand and can potentially explode. Customers should dispose of the can and request a full refund. Only cans with this particular code are affected.

“SHOLOM MICHIGAN KOSHER SWEET CONCORD WINE” from St. Julian Wine Co., Paw Paw, Mich., is not under Orthodox supervision and should not be considered Kosher.

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:
Advil Children’s Junior Strength Tablets
Bayer Children’s Aspirin
Benadryl Children’s Allergy Liquid – Cherry, Dye-Free Liquid – Bubble Gum, Plus Congestion – Grape
Motrin Infants’ Drops – Dye-Free Berry
Motrin Children’s Suspension – Bubble Gum, Berry, and Dye-Free Berry
Sudafed Children’s Nasal Decongestant – Grape
Sudafed PE Children’s Nasal Decongestant – Berry
Sudafed PE Children’s Cold & Cough – Grape
Tylenol Infants’ Oral Suspension – Grape
Tylenol Children’s Suspension – Cherry
MiraLax Powder

Remember – check every label for Pesach certification!

We wish all our readers a Chag Kosher V’Sameach

2020-4-7 Vaad Statement PDF available to view.

י”ג ניסן תש”פ

April 7, 2020

To the Detroit Jewish Community,

In anticipation of Pesach, we remind everyone of the following extraordinary but necessary protocols to allow us to do our utmost to protect one another from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

• If Chas V’Shalom a person is not feeling well to the point where they are having shortness of breath, are having significant changes in breathing, or mental status (e.g. lethargy, delirium and/or unresponsiveness) they and/or those who are with them should call Hatzalah or 911 IMMEDIATELY. Do not hesitate and do not ask a Shayla. If someone has a relative in the hospital with Covid-19, they should speak to their Rov before Yom Tov regarding halachic issues specific to the virus, i.e. communicating with the nursing station and transportation if it becomes necessary.
• No Minyanim should be held anywhere or anyplace, whether indoors or outdoors. Holding a Minyan at this time severely undermines efforts at containment and puts lives in danger.
• Social distancing at a minimum of six feet must be practiced at all times. As we make final preparations, extra diligence should be exercised while shopping at stores.
• Unless absolutely necessary no one should have guests join them for Yom Tov, Chol Hamoed or weekday meals. This includes friends, as well as local family members who live in another home.
• We must be extremely vigilant on Yom Tov and Chol HaMoed to practice CDC recommended social distancing of a minimum of six feet. There should not be any congregating in front of homes, on the street or at parks. In addition, when taking walks, we must be careful not to walk within six feet of other community members. Please remember that in Oakland County all playgrounds must be closed for safety reasons. Parents must be extra vigilant to explain these safety guidelines to their children and supervise them when they are outside so that they don’t mingle with other children in yards, on the block or elsewhere.
• Everyone should strongly consider taking the advice of the CDC and wear a face mask or cloth face covering, whenever they are outside in public.

During this time of great danger, everyone should remember that we can and must proactively do our part to remove this gezeira ra’ah, this frightening and destructive plague, by engaging in heartfelt and sincere teshuva, tefilla and tzedakah.

Lastly, although times are most certainly difficult, concerning, and upsetting, we should not lose sight that we are also about to celebrate Pesach and usher in the simcha of Yom Tov. Although we are all disappointed that our plans for Pesach have been radically changed, we still have the capacity to create and find much meaning, fulfillment and joy over the upcoming Yom Tov.

May we all have the wisdom and resolve to follow these critically important safety and hashkafic guidelines. May Hakadosh Baruch Hu bring refuah and yeshuah to all those in need of healing. May all those in the medical field be blessed with wisdom, protection and endurance. 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 Asher Eisenberger
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 Moshe Radner
Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg
Rabbi Chaim Gershon Steinmetz
Rabbi Yissachar Wolf
Rabbi Eli Yelen