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Galus Exclusive: Rabbi Rabi Responds to RCV Accusation

August 22, 2013 – 12:59 pm18 Comments

From the editor:

galus exclusive2Yesterday, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria sent out the the following media release (hat tip Emmanuel’s list):

It has recently been brought to the attention of The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) that claims made by the local business ‘It’s Kosher’ on its website that its hechsher is endorsed by the Chief Rabbanut of Israel are both false and misleading.

The Rabbanut has clarified that no such endorsement has been issued, and while it did approve one specific product some four years ago, this does not constitute an endorsement of the “It’s Kosher” hechsher.

The Rabbanut further clarified that it has a policy not to approve any products under the supervision of this Hechsher.

“Leaving aside the concerns expressed to the RCV relating to the Halachic standards adopted by the said business,” RCV President Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant said, “this misleading statement about the Israeli Rabbanut is deeply concerning to the RCV. If it is the case that the false statement was made to mislead and deceive the public by claiming that its Hechsher is supported by the Israeli Rabbinate, this would call into question the integrity of those running the ‘It’s Kosher’ business”.

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Meir Rabi’s It’s Kosher authority responded:

LichVod HaRav Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Shelita, and all the esteemed Rabbanim of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria, Shelita.

it’s kosher, does not now and has never sought endorsement from the Israeli Rabbinate. Our understanding is that this is not the function of the Israeli Rabbinate and that they would not and do not endorse ‘any’ Kosher agency either in Israel or elsewhere. In 2010, we provided kosher certification advice and our hechsher to an Australian Chocolate Manufacturer who was then located at a factory in Coburg Victoria.

This product was subsequently imported into Israel by a third party company operating in Israel. As you know, all food products manufactured outside of Israel that claim to be kosher and are to be sold and consumed in Israel must be approved, prior to importation. The third party Israeli importer completed and submitted the appropriate paperwork to the Rabbinate and following assessment was issued with permission to import. Our claim, is that a product manufactured in Australia with our Kosher Certification was accepted by the Israeli Rabbinate in 2010. nothing more, nothing less.

This is irrefutable by the RCV, Rabbi Lasri of the Israeli Rabbinate or anyone else!

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