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Who is to Blame for the Doheny Meat Scandal?

blog_doheny_meatWe are.

Let me explain.

Rav Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, the current Chief Rabbi of Gateshead, England, spoke in the aftermath of a major kashrut scandal which rocked Monsey, NY, in 2006. He recalled the story of the Prophet Jonah that we read on Yom Kippur afternoon. The story describes a huge storm that was capable of overturning the ship. Everyone on the boat was frightened and took out their idols. They started praying to the idols. When that didn’t work they woke up Jonah. What did he say about the raging storm? “It’s because of me.”

Jonah could have easily blamed the storm on the boat full of idol worshippers. Perhaps his presence on the boat was a mere accident, and the boat was destined for doom. No, Jonah said that responsibility is mine.

Today, in the wake of the Doheny “Kosher” Meat scandal, it is also our responsibility.

Of course people are mad and want to find someone to blame. After all anyone who ate Doheny meat, whether

bought from the store, or eaten through of the many restaurants and caterers that sourced their meat there, consumed food that was potentially trief.

Yet, let’s remember that the Prophet Jonah says, “it’s because of me.” We read this on Yom Kippur to remind us that we need to take responsibility, and need to do a soul searching.

As it says in the Talmud, it is not the mouse that is the thief, it is the hole.
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10 Minute Seder, World’s Shortest Kosher Haggadah

Here is the dilemma. You want to do a proper Seder, but you have anxious relatives, some tired kids, or need for whatever reason to get the Seder over and done with. It’s not ideal – but it happens all the time and people end up skipping essential parts of the Seder.

With this in mind I created the 10 Minute Haggadah.

This Haggadah is two pages long, can be easily photocopied, and was originally written to be used at a Shabbat Tent Seder. Everything that MUST be said or done at the Seder is included. In addition some favorites are included like Dayeinu. Even if you will use another Haggadah, check out the Ten Minute Seder!

Here is an excerpt.

1. What’s up with the matzah? 2. What’s the deal with horseradish? 3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs? 4. What’s this whole chilling at the table business?

PARTICIPANTS SAY TOGETHER

We were slaves in Egypt. God took us out with awesome miracles. Had God not taken us out of Egypt, then what? We, and our children, and grandchildren would still be slaves in Egypt! So, even if we were all great Torah scholars, we would still have to tell about the Exodus from Egypt. The more we talk about this the better – but God I’m short on time!

LEADER
The Torah reflects upon four types of kids: One Wise, One Evil, One Simple, and One Who Doesn’t Know How To Ask. GUIDE the wise one through the obligations of Passover. TELL the Evil One, we need you to be part of our people. EXPLAIN to the Simple One, “with a strong hand God brought us out of Egypt.” ENGAGE the one who doesn’t know how to ask, make that child feel comfortable, and tell them about the Exodus.

10MINUTEHAGGADAH

Join me for Jewlicious Passover Seders in Los Angeles

ImageJoin us for Seder first or second night – it promises to be amazing! If you would like to join us first night – we have limited space at Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein’s home. Email lauren.jewlicious@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

For second night Seder we have a blowout event at the Happy Minyan. Tickets only $40 — Space limited. This is Seder Jewlicious style with the song and spirit of the Happy Minyan. Subsidies available. (email allison.jewlicious@gmail.com

Our interactive, inspiring, and delicious seder is fully catered and creative. Bring your friends and enjoy this great evening.

I will bring stories from Reb Shlomo, Hasidic masters, and other sources. Bring your own short Torah’s to share too if you want!

ONLY $40 Thanks to generous sponsors!

Regular matzah and wine supplied. Bring your own Shmurah matzah if you want.

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Going Kosher for Passover 2013 Guide

Many people assume that Passover cleaning is akin to torture. It need not be. Turning over a house doesn’t require copious amounts of tin-foil, nor does it require a blow torch (even though they are cool). Chometz is not poison, it is easily removed, sold, or discarded. Dishes can easily be replaced with bio-degradable one-time-use, or ou can invest in a separate set of dishes. If you are married I highly recommend investing in a Passover set of pots, dishes and cutlery.

It requires some sechel – i.e. knowing what you are doing.

My one page Kosher for Passover guide is all you need.

Going kosher for passover guide 2013