Why I care and why you should.
I have gotten some emails asking why do I, living outside of Nashville, care about this dispute, which going on outside of New York —a couple of hundred miles away. When I was a kid, the Rabbis taught me that one of the great things about Judaism is its openess. Twenty-five hundred years ago high preists of many religions had their “sacred texts.” there was only one faith, ours, that read the text (in our case Torah) in public and put it out there for anyone to study. The 5 Towns Vaad, with its silence is acting contrary to the openess we have been expecting from our Jewish leaders since Moses began sharing Torah with us 3500 years ago. As I have seen on other blogs (and apparently Mr Ain from the Jewish Week has also) their lack of communication is breeding discontent in the community, calling into question their authority, and worst of all they are loosing an opportunity to teach. Because is they came out and explained themselves it would be a wonderful teaching opportunity. And isn’t that what Rabbis are supposed to do?
|Five Town Kosher Showdown Intensifies|
|Vaad pulls supervision from Gourmet Glatt; community seen split.|
|Stewart Ain – Staff Writer
The controversy over Gourmet Glatt Emporium, a popular kosher supermarket in Cedarhurst, grew this week with the decision of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway to withdraw its kosher supervision of the store one hour before the start of the Sabbath last Friday. ……
“I feel totally drained from this fiasco,” said Mark Bolender, a partner in the supermarket. “I gave my life and soul to this community and I hope the community does not turn its back on me.”……
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“There were no kashrut issues whatsoever,” he said.
But in a “message to the community,” the Vaad said it acted after Gourmet Glatt hired the second kosher supervisor, Rabbi Yehuda Kravitz, in “violation of its contract and policies with the Vaad.” In addition, it said Gourmet Glatt had “serious halachic and contractual violations over time” and that it was unable to get the owners to correct them……
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And of Course the soure of the problem
And an outside Rabbi weighs in