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Mar 20, 2013 10:09 AM

WSJ: Mashgiach at Prime

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about Kashrut

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  1. wow, all of the stuff he found in the greens!!! A small snake ?!?!?!

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    1. re: PotatoPuff

      Sometimes I think those tales are apocryphal so people take it seriously.

      1. re: PotatoPuff

        Literally a snake in the (lemon)grass <VBG>

      2. A few errors in the article, though. A couple of examples: God definitely did not say anything about not having fish and meat on the same plate; that's totally rabbinic. Scotch does not have to be single malt; there are dozens of brands of blended scotches that are perfectly kosher.

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        1. re: queenscook

          1. God said to obey rabbinic law (Devarim 17:10-11) That's how we can say a bracha on rabbinic laws, blessing God "Who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us" to wash our hands, or to say hallel, or light shabbat candles, etc.

          2. He said that if it's blended they have to find out what it's blended with. That's perfectly true.

          1. re: zsero

            1. Not going to get into this argument here, but that certainly didn't seem to be what he was saying.

            2. He said: "Scotch has to be single malt." That is categorically not true.

            1. re: queenscook

              You missed the very next line: Why single malts only? "Once it's blended," he said, "we would have to know what it's blended with."

              He's presumably correct that his agency's policy is to only allow single malts *without any hechsher*. Blends need a hechsher or other investigation before being allowed.

        2. This alone should make people realize the person writting this article was unqualified:

          I'd also like to offer a disclaimer here. No, it's not that I never had a bar mitzvah and actually flunked out of Hebrew school—that's a whole other story, and one that wasn't strictly my fault—but that while I did my best to keep up with Rabbi Maryles, I'm still not entirely clear about why certain rules and strictures apply, and their religious rationale.

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          1. re: azcohen

            So only a frum person should be able to write an article on frum issues? A good journalist is what's needed, not one who is machmir.

            1. re: DeisCane

              Sorry, I meant that he knows he is not qualified and tells us, but the fact that he is Jewish seems to give some credence to his writing. I was not making it a judgement on his being shomer shabbos or not.

              1. re: DeisCane

                But would a truly good journalist write "ruffage" .. and in The Wall Street Journal? Oy.
                Aside from that, though, the article is well done & more accurate than I would have expected.
                Hope Gardner evens out his "ruff" edges.

                1. re: almond tree

                  Times change, Spellngs change too...............

                  When I went to school it was spelled 'roughage', but just google 'ruffage' and it will show many links to dietary fiber.

         Directs to Dietary fiber also known as roughage or ruffage

                  Many other such links and redirects in on line dictionaries.

                  The spelling choice should not be blamed on the reporter, but his editor and the Wall Street Journal and its style sheet.

                  That said, it was not a well written article