Thursday, May 03, 2007

A New Reason To Forbid Halav Stam

There may be a new upheaval in the world of Kashrut. Ladaat.net, after reporting about the International Kashrut Conference taking place in the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem, now reports on a major development stemming from the conference: prohibiting Halav Stam in Hutz La'aretz - specifically, the U.S.

Many people don't drink Halav Stam anyways, but Rav Moshe Feinstein Zt"l has given a Heteir to allow it. Now, a new reason was found for the prohibition - one that didn't exist in the days of Rav Moshe. Apparantly, due to new technology, if a Jew is not watching, the cows could possibly undergo a new type of operation of the stomach, which renders the animal a Tereifah. So says Rav Ze'ev Vitman, the rabbi of Tenuva.

I hope to have more on this to come.

7 Comments:

At Fri May 04, 05:00:00 AM 2007, Blogger Alex said...

Hi

Please consider writing news pieces or an op-ed for Jewrusalem: Israeli Uncensored News. We strive to present different views and opinions while rejecting political correctness. Ideally, we try to make the news "smart and funny." Thus, your input is very welcome.

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Alex
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At Fri May 04, 02:43:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is old news in the U.S. Ths question came up about 10 years ago and was dealt with quickly by Rabbonim and Kashrus organizations.I am not sure why the Tnuva Rabbi just found out about it now.

 
At Fri May 04, 03:27:00 PM 2007, Blogger yaak said...

Anonymous,

My brother-in-law told me the same thing. I have the same question as you.

 
At Sat May 05, 11:02:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the Tenuva rabbis is looking for new markets.

 
At Sun May 06, 07:15:00 AM 2007, Blogger frumhouse said...

Interesting....please post an update when you get more information..

 
At Tue May 08, 12:17:00 PM 2007, Anonymous josh said...

Beware of Rav Ze'ev Vitman, he's the one that gives hashgacha on all the tnuva products that have chalav stam in them.

When it was discovered that tnuva was not printing on their products 'chalav akum', or 'gelatin', he merely answered that 'everyone' who buys these products knows what they are getting and was admanat about not needing to advertise this. In contrast, Elite chocolates with chalav akum always print this. So if someone wants to be stringent, they must eat only badatz/mehadrin tnuva/strauss products (like overseas where you must look for special symbols on each package - gevalt!)

The tunva website does list the otherwise problematic products, but you have to go dig for it.

Among other reasons, my family is still boycotting tnuva and strauss products. Even though, we eat 'rabanut', we have chosen to use Tara dairy products which are all badatz.

 
At Tue May 08, 10:00:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Neshama said...

A good source on issues like this is:
http://yudelstake.blogspot.com/

Such as:

At the International Kashrus Seminar in Yerushaleim 2 weeks ago a few topics were discussed. All Non-Cholov Yisroel dairy products (Cholov Akum/Stam) is to be considered "Cholov Treifeh" & Not-kosher, due to the veterinary procedures that make the cows Treif & there is no Shishim. The Dairy products in Europe also have the same concerns, unbeknownst to the kosher certifiers.

 

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