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13 Elul 5759 - August 25, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Shearis Yisroel Hechsher Preferred in Negev

by B. Rabinowitz

The rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Hanegev, HaRav Yissochor Meir, recently issued a call to chareidi members of Netivot to purchase their bread from the Margalit Bakery, which is under the supervision of the Shearis Yisroel hechsher. This is after the sale of local Tuv Taam Bakery and the decision of the new owners to change the hechsher.

In his letter to the community, HaRav Yissochor Meir writes that HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky endorse the superior hechsher of Shearis Yisroel. This letter comes in response to an offensive disinformation campaign being waged by certain bodies headed by Angel Bakery, the new owner of Tuv Taam, to undermine Shearis Yisroel. Rumors were circulated maligning the devoted avreichim and talmidei chachomim who supervise for Shearis in the Negev -- claims which Netivot rabbonim and roshei yeshiva have called not merely false, but libelous.

Bnei Torah of the Negev are repelled by this distasteful campaign. The excellent work of the mashgichim is widely known. They maintain a high standard of supervision over the Shearis Yisroel kashrus network in general and over the kashrus in Netivot in particular. The rabbonim stand fully behind these mashgichim, pointing out that they are dedicated and highly qualified, and that they are talmidei chachomim and yirei Shomayim.

Roshei yeshiva in the Negev asked Angel not to discontinue the Shearis hechsher after they bought the local Tuv Taam bakery and told them that many Torah institutions insist on the Shearis supervision and were negotiating with the Margalit Bakery of Rishon LeTziyon. Nonetheless, Angel ignored their request.

All of the Torah institutions in the Negev united in time for the present zman and school year and ordered their bread from the Margalit bakery. Currently all of the stores in the chareidi communities of the Negev also order their bread only from Margalit.

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