If it is 99% kosher – It is 100% Not Kosher!
Follow these steps:
- Ask information about grocery stores in any of the airport terminals (probably there are few terminals) and look for packaged items with any of these kosher symbols. I can guarantee you will find some kosher items. Yeah, this is not really “food”. If you need real food, and if you are not short in time – go to the next point
- Buy fruits, vegetables and other items that do not need Kosher symbol at all. For example soft cheeses (read more about it here). We will try to post B”H later a post about this topic.
- Ask Siri, or google “kosher near me”. You will be surprised! Year ago I was stuck in long unplanned connection at Schiphol, Netherlands with no kosher food at all – Nada. The steps in this blog all tested and succeeded.
- Can I buy a plain bread (or ban) in non-kosher store? Short answer – No, you can’t, not in a place you have no access to the baker. We will try to post B”H later a post about this topic.
- There is not Kosher food on board. Can I eat pure veg Hundu meal instead? – No, you can’t trust it to be kosher. Read here why.
Test case: Finding kosher food in Schiphol, Netherlands
I asked google assistance “kosher near me”, and got these results. Most of the kosher restaurants will be glad to deliver hot meal for you and your accompany, usually within 30 to 40 minutes. Note: Sometimes Google can suggest kosher places that are not kosher at all. Don’t trust Google for your Olam-Ha’ba. You must check with the restaurant they indeed have a valid kosher certificate or check with the local rabbinical authority. We make you easy life – Search & Find Badatz Amserdam phone number here.
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Short Answer: Yes.
Long Answer: You have to know how to do it and plan ahead.
Food you can find in any Grocery Store
You can find many types of kosher food in any grocery store in Canada. You have to learn the Kashrut Signs (here), but mainly COR and OU will be dominated. If a little patient, besides ice cream and cookies (most of them are kosher) – You can even find kosher bread. FYI, many dairy products are kosher too. Learn more here, and here. You can also buy fish if you know the law of fish kashrus. You wouldn’t find meat products anywhere around.
Cooked Food, meat and “real food”
You can find in Edmonton, AB. List is here.
The Fairmont Hotels
I was able to celebrate few Shabbatot in two of these Fairmont hotels enjoying Gourmet Glatt Kosher food. Contact me to learn how.
- Fairmont Banff Springs
- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- Fairmont Palliser, Calgary – Hint: This is the easiest one
Is there a Chabad house near Banff/Jasper National Park?
Your Local Contact
Edmonton Kollel. Contact names, maps and detail can be found here. Scroll down to “what is eKollel?”. Basically there are two Kosher Certifications in AB (click on the symbol for more details):
New Kosher Store in Edmonton
The “Kosher Food Connection” located in the heart of the Jewish community in Edmonton. The address is: 6805 170 St NW Edmonton, AB T5T 4W4
Phone number: (780) 489-6350
Languages Spoken: English and Hebrew
Where to Eat
Planet Pareve is a Specialty Food Shop located in the Edmonton Jewish Community Centre. Our motto is “Fresh made, every day!” Join us for morning coffee, fresh baked goods or a light lunch. Drop by and pick up a couple of entrees for a stress free dinner. Bring home desserts from our varied selection. You are invited to peruse our menu and services. Visit Planet Pareve at the Edmonton JCC Jewish Community Centre.
Phone: Contact Us
Address: 7200 156 Street (at the JCC)
Where to Buy
Wide selection of Kosher Products Available daily. Frozen Glatt meat, Frozen kosher burito, Pizza and many frozen kosher items. Also you can find products from Israel as Osem, Elite and more.
Address: 9106 – 142 Street
Phone: (780) 483-1525 or 483-1507
Map: Click here for a map >>
Sobeys has your largest selection of kosher foods in Alberta. A must stop before your trip to the Rockies. With a masgiach on site for fresh cut deli and cheeses, Sobeys can also do cheese trays, deli trays, fruit trays, vegetable trays and sandwich trays. We have Israeli cheeses, and a large selection of cholov yisroel dairy and ice cream. We have a huge selection of beef, veal, lamb, chicken, turkey and duck. We have bread from a local bakery and from Montreal. We have frozen take out foods, and vegetarian foods. Sobeys also carries pizzas, bourekas, gefilte fish, cookies, crackers, and so much more. Call Gary or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We are open 7 days a week from 8:00 – 11:00.
Address: 1030 Webber Greens Dr.
Phone: (780) 489-7762
Map: Click here for a map >>
Kosher Bread, Chalah and Cakes
Bliss Baked Good and Ben-M bakery. Quality Breads – Quality Deserts. Wide selection of Kosher dough products Available daily.
Address: 10710 142 St.
Phone: (780) 453-0101
Map: Click here for a map >>
Cosmetic Surgery – Rabbi Chaim Jachter
Last week we introduced the question as to whether Halacha permits cosmetic surgery. We cited rulings by Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Yaakov Breisch who permitted a young woman who was experiencing difficulty finding an appropriate Shidduch to undergo cosmetic surgery to improve her appearance. This week we shall explore two other classic responsum (“shut”) authored by two major twentieth-century Poskim, Rav Eliezer Waldenburg and Rav Yitzchak Weisz (commonly referred to as Dayan Weisz). If you missed last week’s article it is available on our website, www.koltorah.org.
Sometimes diet and exercise cannot remove excess fat and skin around the abdominal area. Other times, pregnancy leaves behind muscles that have permanently lost their form. Women whose abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched out from multiple pregnancies, as well as older women who have a loss of skin elasticity due to age or weight fluctuations, are ideal candidates.
Some parts of the body won’t budge no matter how many different types of exercises are employed. Thanks to genetics, both men and women tend to store stubborn fat in specific areas, including the hips and waist, resulting in saddlebags and love handles.
Liposuction has consistently been the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the world for the past several years. It is a safe and effective method to reduce the overall number of fat cells and produce a better contour.
Rav Eliezer Waldenberg
Rav Waldenberg (Teshuvot Tzitz Eliezer 11:41) presents a radically different approach from Rav Moshe and Rav Breisch (Rav Waldenburg lives in Jerusalem and many of his Teshuvot are devoted to issues in Medical Halacha; he played a major role at Jerusalem’s Sha’arei Zedek hospital and the State of Israel’s Supreme Rabbinic Court). He seems to categorically forbid all cosmetic surgeries. He forbids a doctor to perform and patients to undergo plastic surgery. He forcefully argues that the aforementioned Divine license to heal applies only to curing an illness and not to alter one’s appearance. Rav Waldenburg even states that cosmetic surgery constitutes an insult to our Creator because it implies that His work as inadequate. Rav Waldenburg cites the Gemara (Taanit 20b) that relates that Rabbi Elazar ben Shimon met an exceptionally homely individual. Rabi Elazar asked the man whether all the people in his town are as ugly as he. The man responded that Rabbi Elazar had insulted Hashem by implying, “What an ugly vessel You have made.” Rabi Elazar sought forgiveness and the man refused to extend it until the townspeople convinced him to relent. Tosafot cite Masechet Derech Eretz that states that the ugly person was none other than Eliyahu HaNavi in disguise. Rav Waldenburg adds that it is certainly forbidden to risk one’s life in order to undergo cosmetic surgery, even though the risk is not great. In another responsum (Teshuvot Tzitz Eliezer 12:43) Rav Waldenburg addresses the question of whether it is permissible to undergo elective surgery on a Thursday or a Friday (due to concern that it may potentially interfere with Shabbat observance). Rav Waldenburg simply responds that Halacha never condones elective surgery. If a surgery is not necessary one may never undergo such a surgery. Rav Waldenberg’s strict stance is difficult to abide by. In fact, my cousin Rhoda Brandriss (who has worked at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek hospital for many years) informs me that Shaarei Zedek hospital maintains a plastic surgery department. This is noteworthy because I have heard that Shaaarei Zedek strictly adheres to Halachic norms. The hospital seems to be following the approach of either Rav Moshe or Rav Breisch. Finally, regarding the ruling of Rav Waldenburg, see the observations of Rav Immanuel Jacobowitz, Noam 6:273 and Dr. Abraham S. Abraham, Nishmat Avraham 2:49.
Rav Yitzchak Weisz
Dayan Weisz Zt”l (who I am personally visited him in Jerusalem for a medical question regards shaving in Yemei Bein Ha’meytzarim. He was Niftar in 1989) focuses on two issues, Chavalah and Sakanah (the prohibition to enter into a dangerous situation), regarding cosmetic surgery in a very brief responsum (Teshuvot Minchat Yitzchak 6:105:2). Dayan Weisz adopts the identical approach to Rav Moshe regarding the issue of Chavalah, namely, that it is not forbidden unless it is done in a belligerent or degrading manner. Thus the prohibition of Chavalah does not constitute an impediment to undergoing plastic surgery. However, Dayan Weisz believes that the danger (even though it is only a small risk) involved in any surgery is of major concern. Dayan Weisz refers to an earlier responsum (Teshuvot Minchat Yitzchak 1:28:2) where he forbids undergoing any surgery unless it is necessary to save the patient’s life. Accordingly, the rules that one may not undergo surgery to remedy a problem that is not life-threatening. In fact, Dayan Weisz (unlike his Mechutan, Rav Breisch) interprets the aforementioned Rama, who speaks of “cutting a limb,” to be referring only to a case of danger to life (this appears to be a difficult reading, as had the Rama intended this, it seems that he would have stated so explicitly). Accordingly, although Dayan Weisz acknowledges that in some cases the people who wish to undergo plastic surgery are defined as a Choleh (as Rav Breisch argues), nevertheless he hesitates to permit plastic surgery since they are not a Choleh Sheyeish Bo Sakanah (a sick individual whose life is endangered). Dayan Weiss concludes that he is unsure of this matter and remarks that with God’s help he might look into the matter further in the future. He does acknowledge, though, that Rav Breisch’s argument is a “Svara Gedolah” (a cogent argument), but he stops short of endorsing it. I find it illuminating, though, that Dayan Weisz does not raise any of the theological issues that Rav Waldenburg raises concerning plastic surgery. It seems that Dayan Weisz, as well as Rav Moshe and Rav Breisch, do not share Rav Waldenburg’s fundamental theological concerns about plastic surgery. One could argue that perhaps plastic surgery does not insult the work of the “Craftsman” because He also revealed to mankind the knowledge and ability to perform cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery might be viewed as part of our role as “junior partners” with Hashem in the ongoing creation of the world (see Shabbat 10a and Ramban to Bereshit 1:28).
The four classic Teshuvot that treat the topic of cosmetic surgery present significantly different approaches to this topic. Rav J. David Bleich (Judaism and Healing pp.126-128) concludes that it is permissible in case of great need. However, there appears to be no published ruling from a major Halachic authority that explicitly permits cosmetic surgery that is conducted purely for reasons of convenience. One who is contemplating cosmetic surgery should consult his Rav for a ruling on its permissibility. Next week, Bli Neder and with Hashem’s help, we shall discuss the issue of permanent and semi-permanent makeup.
If it is kosher for Pesach (Passover) – It is Kosher for year around, but never the opposite.
KOSHER FOR PESACH* COUGH & ALLERGY MEDICINES
Allegra 12 Hr. & 24 Hr. tablets, Allegra Children’s Oral Suspension & tablets, Benadryl Children’s Allergy Chewables, Benadryl Allergy Ultratab tablets, Coricidin HBP – all types.
* May be use in Pesach if required
Shabbat begins at sunset on Friday, but the candle-lighting time is about 18 minutes before sunset. Why?
Shabbat begins at sundown, and from that time on it is forbidden to perform certain activities (including lighting Shabbat candles). The Shulchan Aruch states that one should “add from the weekday onto Shabbat (Lehosif me’kodesh al chol)” . Mean, addition to Shabbat. It seems that the custom of 18 minutes arises from the Halachic time measure called a “Hiluch Mil” which means the time it takes to walk a Mil. The word “Mil” is derived from the Roman “Miliarium” which was 1000 paces (approximately 3000 feet). According to the ancient American commercial, this would be the amount one would walk for a Camel. The Halachic Mil and the Roman Miliarium differ only slightly in length. The time it takes to walk a Mil is 18 minutes.
What is the Candle Time in my city?
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How to Calculate it?
Here’s the formula for sunset time based on date, latitude, and longitude (click to view the full calculation):
Birkat Halevana – Blessing the moon (Hebrew: ברכת הלבנה ) is not a black magic. It is actually one of the three essence of Judaism.
Upon seeing the moon at the beginning of the month one says a blessing called Birkat HaLevana (for the details and text see below). What’s the significance of this Bracha? The Gemara Sanhedrin 42a says that saying Birkat HaLavana is like greeting the Shechina. Beiur Halacha 426:2 explains that by seeing the moon fulfill its mission consistently we recognize Hashem’s might and control over nature. He adds that to emphasize that we only pray to Hashem and the moon is just a tool by which we can recognize Hashem’s strength we say Aleinu afterwards. (See note for more about the significance of this Bracha.
The Laws and the Blessing
I was surprised to find a dedicated website just for the blessing of the moon, it is here >>