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27 Teves 5760 - January 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Matzo Baking To Begin in Shearis' Yad Binyomin Bakery

by B. Rabinowitz

All necessary preparations for the baking of hand matzos have been completed in the Yad Binyomin matzo factory, and the actual baking will begin soon. The rabbonim of the Badatz Shearis Yisroel, HaRav Tzvi Friedman and HaRav Arye Halevi Dunner, visited the bakery and personally witnessed its strict adherence to halachic guidelines. They praised the bakery directors for their meticulous observance of all the special stringencies which make it worthy to merit the outstanding hechsher of the Badatz of Shearis Yisroel.

The rabbonim conducted a scrupulous inspection of the new, modern mill, recently purchased in Holland. What makes the new machine so unique is that the grinding takes place at a very low temperature, thereby preventing the caking of the flour at the beginning of the grinding process. This, the rabbonim noted, is an important breakthrough.

A number of months ago, hand grinding was begun by a group of shomrei Torah workers. At the same time, the grinding of the wheat in machine mills also began. The entire process is personally supervised by HaRav Dovid Koenigsbuch, a talmid chochom and yirei Shomayim who is an expert in this field. Prior to the grinding the machine was thoroughly dismantled, cleaned and purged, and the milling stones were gouged according to halocho.

Significant improvements were implemented this year with the usage of the new mill. The machine is monitored by computers, with constant feedback on the grinding process. The quality of the grinding is very high. The sifting process has also undergone improvements, and the sifted flour is stored in a special room for three days to cool, as required by halocho.

Members of other kashrus committees also observed the special stringencies maintained during the harvesting process, including the gaavad of Shearis Yisroel, HaRav Chaim Shaul Karelitz; the ravad of Kedassia in London, HaRav Yosef Tzvi Halevi Dunner; members of the Badatz Shearis Yisroel, HaRav Tzvi Friedman and HaRav Arye Halevi Dunner, and the moreh tzedek of the chareidi community of Ofakim, HaRav Y. Chezner.

This year, a Torah-observant combine driver was hired. This was in line with guidelines set by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv stating that the combine driver performing the harvesting, fertilizing, and sowing, should have kavono that all of his efforts are lesheim mitzvo.

In light of this year's special hiddurim in the grinding process, other kashrus committees asked the Yad Binyomin bakery to grind the flour they need for the baking of their matzos, and last week a large supply was prepared. On the 15 of Teves the bakery directors set out under the supervision of the kashrus inspector to perform the first drawing of mayim shelanu. Those present at the occasion were imbued with the joy of the mitzvah and a feeling of kedusha. The large water vats were cleaned, and then the water-drawing system from the well near the Chofetz Chaim kibbutz was set into motion.

Matzo baking in Yad Binyomin will begin soon, after all preparations have been completed. An added benefit of the costly well-planned improvements is a more-esthetic, worker- friendly bakery.

As always, this year too, special hiddurim and stringencies which with which no other bakery can compete have been instituted by Yad Binyomin. The rabbonim of the Badatz Shearis Yisroel who visited the bakery examined all of its fine points -- even the most minute -- in order to enable the bnei Torah community which is meticulous in its kashrus observance to receive hand as well as machine matzos of the highest possible kashrus standards.

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