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29 Sivan 5765 - July 6, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Chief Rabbinate Makes HaRav Adler and HaRav Efrati in Charge of Jerusalem Kashrus

By Betzalel Kahn

After long weeks of uncertainty at the Jerusalem Rabbinate regarding the authority to grant kashrus certification, the Chief Rabbinate decided on Monday to appoint HaRav Binyomin Adler in charge of kashrus and HaRav Yosef Efrati in charge of mitzvos hateluyos ba'Aretz.

Ever since HaRav Adler was dismissed several months ago by the current board of the Religious Council that was installed by the Likud there has been no rabbinical figure authorized to grant kashrus certificates for the Jerusalem Rabbinate's mehadrin products, including restaurants, hotels, factories, etc.

As a result of the crisis at the Religious Council brought about when officials began to interfere with the work of the rabbonim poskim, HaRav Efrati voluntarily withdrew his responsibility for the Department for Land of Israel Mitzvas for a period of several weeks.

The absence of rabbonim poskim from the central kashrus departments at the Jerusalem Rabbinate caused great pain to maranan verabonon and the rest of the chareidi public over the harm done to the kashrus organization of Yerushalayim that had enjoyed an outstanding reputation. Maran HaRav Eliashiv determined that the politicians do not have the authority to dismiss rabbonim from their posts.

After all of the attempts of the last several months to restore the Religious Council to its original standing failed, gedolei Yisroel worked to have the Chief Rabbinate, using its legally vested powers, determine who would be in charge of kashrus at the Jerusalem Rabbinate.

In the absence of a rov for the city, the Chief Rabbinate, based on the kashrus fraud law, has the authority to appoint rabbonim in charge of issuing kashrus certificates in that city. At the behest of gedolei Yisroel, HaRav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman, rov of Migdal Ha'emek and a member of the Chief Rabbinical Council, led a move to neutralize the power of the Jerusalem Religious Council officials over the rabbonim of the kashrus departments in Yerushalayim.

On Monday the Chief Rabbinical Council convened to confer on the issue and, following an exhaustive discussion, unanimously decided to restore HaRav Adler and HaRav Efrati to their former posts. The decision reads: "The Chief Rabbinical Council has decided, in the absence of a local rov for Jerusalem, to use its authority according to Paragraph 2(a)(i) of the Kashrus Fraud Law of 5743-1983 to authorize rabbonim who will be granted the power to issue kashrus certificates in Jerusalem: HaRav Binyomin Adler will be authorized to issue kashrus certificates in every matter, as required by law. HaRav Yosef Efrati will be authorized to issue kashrus certificates in all matters related to Land of Israel Mitzvas as required by law."

In light of this decision, now backed by the weight of law, it will no longer be possible to issue kashrus certificates without the signatures of HaRav Adler or HaRav Efrati respectively, thereby restoring kashrus oversight in Jerusalem to its previous high standards. Although Monday's decision is final it will not be implemented immediately and therefore consumers should rely on mehudar kashrus only when the signature of HaRav Adler or HaRav Efrati actually appears on the kashrus stamp or kashrus certificate.


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