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COSV President Scolds the RCV

July 22, 2010 – 9:35 pm247 Comments

By Anthony Frosh

In a letter to Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) President Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria (COSV) President Paul Korbl has called on the Rabbis of the RCV to issue a statement endorsing free market competition.  He has also advised that such a statement “should make no reference to or cast any aspersions on any particular Rabbi.”

Korbl also stated that he believes that:

“The general consensus is that multi Hashgochos may be beneficial as competition is potentially a good thing and would lead to a reduction of prices. It is a fact that different Kashrut standards exist and are frequently based on the perceived piety and the level of stringency of the particular rabbi. For this reason it seems to me that any adverse comments on any particular rabbi would in no way be beneficial. It is impractical for one level of Kashrut to be imposed because a minimum level for one person may be too stringent for another.”

However, Korbl’s message to the RCV has fallen on deaf ears, with the RCV releasing a statement by email that could be the described as the very opposite of the statement Korbl called for.  COSV has since removed the RCV statement from their website on advice that it is potentially defamatory. At the time of writing, the statement was similarly absent from the RCV website.

The RCV’s chosen course of action has prompted a follow up email from Korbl scolding the RCV for failing to heed his advice that Korbl says has caused the RCV to lose public credibility.

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