by Betzalel Kahn
Caution: Many erev Shabbos vendors selling flowers at
the crossroads to several Jerusalem neighborhoods are using
forged kashrus committee certificates.
Last Friday, inspectors from the Mercaz Lechaklaut Al Pi
HaTorah kashrus committee discovered a forged document in
the possession of a vendor on the Highway no. 9 junction
leading to the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. The inspectors
discovered that his certificate was a forgery, having been
photocopied from an original certificate, with the stand's
address written in by hand. Photocopied letters of well-
known rabbonim were also included next to the forged
certificate. With great mesiras nefesh, the
inspectors took steps to take away the certificate.
The public is cautioned to be careful not to buy flowers
from fly-by-night vendors, but to purchase flowers
lichvod Shabbos only from stores with certified
kashrus supervision. Many of the shady flower entrepreneurs
displaying forged shmittah certificates on
erev Shabbos do not even close down for Shabbos.
Municipal inspectors would do well to bear in mind that such
vendors often create serious security problems by laying out
their wares at bus stations or in pedestrian passageways.