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    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

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    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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Chief Rabbi Announces: The End of the “Mehadrin” Deception

The Supreme Court endorsed the Rabbinate’s decision to take away the kashrut certificate from businesses that showed a “Mehadrin” certificate from a fictitious body called “Tiferet HaKashrut.”

David Shmueli 18/10/2009 14:54
For a number of years a private body called “Ktav HaKashrut” or “Tiferet HaKashrut” was issuing certificates of “mehadrin kashrut supervision” that came as an addition to the regular kashrut certificate issued by the local rabbinate.

During this time the Rabbinate gathered proof that demonstrated that “Ktav/Tiferet KaKashrut” was not careful about the principles of mehadrin kashrut, and the owners of the certification were deceiving the public interested in mehadrin kashrut, when in fact the kashrut was only on the regular level.

To deal with this phenomenon the Chief Rabbi of Israel, HaRav Yona Metzger, decided to act in two ways. Firstly, he utilized a public message campaign; and secondly, he worked to remove the certificate of kashrut from business that displayed the mehadrin certificate of those private bodies that were revealed to have flaws and thereby deceived the public, such as “Tiferet HaKashrut.”

As a result of this campaign, the kashrut organization appealed to the Supreme Court. They claimed in their petition that the rabbinate exceeded their authority in the second method employed, for as long as the business sold kosher food the rabbinate had no authority to ask for additional requirements from the business owner and must provide the kashrut certificate.

The Supreme Court, however, in the ruling issued by Judge Grunis, accepted the rabbinate’s position and rejected the petition: “The consideration of preventing public deception includes, in our opinion, also the prevention of deception regarding the level of kashrut that is kept in a certain establishment, and not only preventing a situation where a non-kosher establishment presents itself as kosher. Similarly, the Chief Rabbinate is allowed to take into consideration a deception that would likely to be created by the action of other agencies and to attempt to prevent them. This can be accomplished by, among other things, conditioning the granting of the kashrut certificate under its authority on the removal of the deception, when the matter is found to be in the control of the business’ owner.”