Otzar Beis Din Grape Juice Distributed
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
Very soon, the filling of the bottles of the first batch of
grape juice of the Otzar Beis Din of HaRav Nissim Karelitz
will be completed. The distribution will begin very shortly at
depots all over the country, enabling mitzvah observant Jews
everywhere to merit to partake of produce which is sanctified
with kedushas shevi'is.
This grape juice, which has kedushas shevi'is, has been
prepared from the grapes of private settlements and private
Torah observant grape-growers from the following settlements:
Mevo Choron, Gamzu, Shal'avim, Yesodot, Mattisyahu, Kochav
Hashachar, Kirat Arba, Susia and others.
A few weeks ago production of this grape juice began in the
Carmel Mizrachi wineries. HaRav Karelitz and HaRav Pinchas
Schreiber of the beis din were present at the receipt
of the shipments of the grapes at the winery, and continued to
examine every step of the production, making sure that all of
the requirements of the beis din, in respect to the
production of the grape juice -- its pasteurizing, its
bottling and the preservation of the kedusha of the
fruit -- were carefully fulfilled. HaRav Avrohom Yeshaya
Yanovsky, the rav of Agudas Hakormim (Carmel Mizrachi) was
also present on that occasion, as were Mr. Avraham ben Moshe,
the general director of the Carmel Mizrachi, and Rav Eliezer
Greenbaum who was appointed by the beis din to
supervise the manufacturing of the grape juice made from the
grapes of Otzar Beis Din.
In recent weeks manufacturing of the grape juice has been
continuing in the winery. As in previous years, only high
quality grape juice is being produced. At a later date, high
quality wines will also be manufactured. Also present at the
deliberations between the beis din and the Carmel
Mizrachi Wineries were: HaRav Yosef Efrati, HaRav Yehuda
Sillman and HaRav Aryeh Dvir, all of whom examined the
machinery and all of the stages of the production from the
vintage to the pasteurizing, to the transfer of the juice by
means of pipes, and to the bottling. They were also apprised
of the nature of the raw materials used in the production.
With all of this information at hand, the beis din then
discussed and reviewed every detail of the process, and issued
clear directives regarding the preparations for the
production, the kashering of the pipes, the usage of
new vessels and the entire process of establishing a separate
The beis din placed Rav Eliezer Greenbaum in charge of
supervising all aspects of the production of the wine and the
grape juice of the Otzar Beis Din. The members of the beis
din also personally supervise the activities in the winery
and visit it.
A number of months ago, maranan verabonon issued an
urgent call to the community to rally to the aid of the
shmittah observing farmers, and to purchase wine and
grape juice manufactured by the agents of the beis din
and under its supervision. The wine and grape juice will be
distributed at special depots, according to the instructions
of the beis din. At this point, a maximum of five
cartons per family will be made available, so that everyone
will be able to merit to partake of this produce at a price
that only covers the basic expenses in producing the juice.
Normally, these products are much more expensive.
In time for Succos, the beis din will distribute
esrogim from the orchards of the Otzar Beis Din.