London Rabbinical Court Allowing Some Products Not Specially Supervised For Passover Due To Coronavirus

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Rabbi Jeremy Conway, Director of KLBD London (Screenshot from YouTube)

LONDON (JTA) — Why will this Passover be different from all others?

THIS ARTICLE INCLUDES EDITS ADVISED BY RABBI YAIR HOFFMAN, AS THE ORIGINAL MAY BE MISLEADING

This year, the London Beth Din, or religious court, has created a list of permissible products VIN EDITOR:  THAT DO NOT REQUIRE  AND THUS ARE not made under special supervision for Passover due to difficulties caused by the coronavirus crisis.

EVEN IN THE UNITED STATES IN PREVIOUS YEARS , POSKIM HAVE STATED THAT SOME ITEMS – EVEN WITH CITRIC ACID DO NOT REQUIRE A SPECIAL SUPERVISION AS LONG AS THE CITRIC ACID IS OF DOMESTIC ORIGIN

The Kashrut Division of the court developed the list, titled “Product guidelines in extremis,” from an array of basic goods to help quarantined families and those who are struggling financially due to the virus, the UK Jewish News reported.

“We are acutely aware of the pressures at this unprecedented time,” the Kashrut Division director, Rabbi Jeremy Conway, said in a statement. “We already know why this Seder night will be different to all other nights and this Pesach will be one unlike any other.”

He added: “This list should be used when regular supervised products are not available, or for people who are older or in isolation and so are unable to go shopping themselves or have Pesach products delivered to their home.

All hand sanitizers have been approved for use on Passover, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

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12 COMMENTS

    • No no no! Anyone that consumes chalav stam has no cheleck in olam haba. It’s 1000 times worse than having an unfiltered phone. Worse than shaving. Anyone that consumes chalav stam is a lowlife meturaf piece of drek. No one is allowed to marry into such a family. At least that’s what my rebbiem told me.

      • am ha-eretz machmir, machmir. stating that people consume chalav stam have no chelek in olam ha-bah is explicitly against halakhot mefurashot. get a refund from your rabbaim

        • It’s a dumb thing to say that one loses their checked in olam haba and has no basis in any source, but it also isn’t against Halacha meforoshes. That’s fake news.

          I wrote my post assuming you meant “halachos meforoshos” it’s the closest term in lashon kodesh I was able to think of in context. There is no such word as halakhot moforoshot” that’s a Zionist concoction.

      • LOL. I’ll never forget, before having to move from Monsey over 10 years ago, the new milk that appeared in stores. Machmirim. I believe it had seven or eight hashgochos. I’d point at it & say to those nearby that it’s most probably not kosher milk because not one of those rabbis trusted the hashgochoh of the other seven or eight.
        Btw, there HAVE been instances of dairy farms caught substituting treif milk that may have ended up with an OU, for example. I was told this by a high level kashrus inspection person who has since passed away. Reb Moishe, z”l, may well have changed his psak about government inspection being equal to a frum Jewess or Jew watching the milking, which wasn’t accepted by quite a few rabbinic leaders.
        The only thing I’ve ever heard about cholov Yisroel is that not drinking it can give one issues with emunah.
        I wonder, btw, if there will be rabbonim who move in the opposite direction. Since many observant Jews are home more than ever, they could ask that we do the best job we’ve ever done of guaranteeing there isn’t a microscopic crumb in the tiniest crack in a wall or floor. Oy vey, I better not say anything. Ahl tiftach peh.
        Shabbos Shaloim to all of the chochmei Yisroel who frequent VIN.

    • An epidemic like this might help cure your stupidity in the coming weeks. Whatever, wherever, you are is dealing with now, will unfortunately be much worse (barring a miracle or some treatment) each week.

  1. The OU has had a list like this for years, and other National USA kashrus organizations too. They may be more maikil this year but this is not something new, just click bait.

  2. the alcohol in a sanitizer is not raie le’acilat kelev and hence permissible even without this eis tzorah. go to the UK website to read without any edits

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