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26 Tishrei 5760 - October 6, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Shearis Success -- Rabbonim Praise High Standards

by B. Rabinowitz

The kashrus network of Shearis Yisroel was markedly successful in its extensive efforts for the yomim tovim, whereby it provided bnei Torah throughout the country with a large variety of food products as well as additional services. In this way, it was able to meet the tremendous demands of the Torah-observant community, particular with regard to the purchase of food products and arba minim with its premium kashrus seal.

In the period of the yomim tovim, the activities of the Shearis botei horo'oh in all chareidi centers were significantly expanded. Many more reception hours by morei horo'oh were scheduled. On erev Succos, vast amounts of people approached the botei horo'oh with questions regarding the yomim tovim and the arba minim.

Despite this year's tremendous dearth of arba minim, the organizers managed to fill the vast numbers of orders which had been made on time. The bnei Torah were very pleased with the choice sets, which continued arba minim of the highest quality. The sets were distributed by Degel HaTorah at reasonable prices.

Throughout the country, bamboo sechach was distributed with much success, despite the difficult competition in this area. Those who are meticulous about mitzvah observance preferred this sechach to others, because it has an additional hiddur: the filament binding the reeds is natural and has not been processed. Distributors of the sechach told our reporter that despite the great demand, which far exceeded all expectations, the project coordinators filled all of their orders, reaching chareidi communities throughout the country.

In conjunction with the Alshi organization, special sales on meat and poultry were held in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Kiryat Sefer, as well as in chareidi communities in the south.

This past summer, two Shearis shechita teams went abroad to prepare a sufficient supply of meat with a top quality hechsher. By erev yom tov, the entire supply of hundreds of tons of meat had been sold out. In the Of Hakfar slaughterhouse in Israel, teams of shochtim, headed by the director of the shechita department, Rabbi Boruch Weiss, made all-out efforts to meet the public's demands. The Taam Man and Hacker Brothers companies relate that they were able to meet the great demands.

A meeting of the rabbinical committee of the Badatz of Shearis Yisroel held a few days before Succos noted the preparations being made for this year's separation of ma'aser oni. It will be carried out with special hiddur. At the meeting, varied topics were discussed, in light of the significant expansion of the activities of the kashrus network, founded by maranan verabonon,, the gedolei haTorah vehaposkim, headed by Maran HaRav Eliezer Menachem Mann Shach, shlita.

At the meeting, reports of the tremendous awakening to the importance of hiddurim in kashrus during the recent period were heard. This arousal comes in the wake of the call made by HaRav Chaim Kanievsky a number of weeks ago to prefer food products with the Shearis supervision because of their superior standards, and to demand that storekeepers stock food products with this outstanding hechsher, with which no other existing kashrus network can compete.

HaRav Kanievsky made these statements in response to questions of avreichim from the south who asked because a local bakery was being transferred by its new owners from the Shearis supervision to another supervision also regarded as mehadrin. He stressed that the hechsher of Shearis Yisroel is much stricter and more mehudar than any other hechsher. He also clearly and resolutely told the avreichim that they should prefer products with a Shearis certification over all others. These resolute statements were expressed by the high rise in the extent of food products and arba minim with this hechsher purchased this year, and by the extensive amount of services provided by Shearis.

On chol hamoed Succos, the gaavad of Shearis Yisroel, HaRav Chaim Shaul Karelitz, and the members of its beis din, HaRav Tzvi Friedman, HaRav Tzvi Weber and HaRav Eliezer Dunner, visited Maran, HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, received his blessings.

A lengthy discussion on various halachic questions took place in the Succah of Maran HaRav Eliashiv. After making a lechayim, Maran HaRav Eliashiv blessed the gaavad and the members of the Badatz very warmly, and expressed the hope that they merit many more years of success in enhancing the Torah world with the kashrus hamehuderes of Shearis Yisroel.

The rabbonim also visited HaRav Aharon Leib Yehuda Leib Steinman in his Succah, where they were also received very warmly.

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