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Rabbi Amar: 'Bug-free' vegetables dangerous
Kobi Nahshoni
Published: 06.11.12, 07:01
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1. Congratulations R.Amar
Kosher home   (11.06.12)
For bringing common sense back to our kitchens! Of course the lucrative super kosher bug free market will be angry at this ruling as it will damage a very nice earner for lots of people. Also, maybe the ridiculous prices of fresh salads will come down too.
2. Probably also reason for very high cancer rates in Israel...
Chani ,   Israel   (11.06.12)
humans and pesticides don't mix Thank you for this ruling
3. Meanwhile NASA landed a probe on Mars
Haim ,   TA   (11.06.12)
4. Rabbi Amar
NYC Girl   (11.06.12)
While I happen to think that all of these rules have no place in the modern world, at least it's good to know that Rabbi Amar is taking a sensible and reasoned approach.
5. Bedika
Sherlock Holmes ,   London England   (11.06.12)
Guides to kashrus of fruit and veg often note that American produce has fewer problems BUT you must wash it thoroughly because of the high level of pesticide. For use at home one can do bedika of small quantities, but for schools or restaurants it is probably better to avoid certain veg which are difficult to examine.
6. I don't agree much with the guy
Ethan Schwartz ,   Eilat   (11.06.12)
Good for him. He hit the nail on the head and is returning to his Mizrachi roots. Judaism belongs to us all not just those who try to put it out of reach.
7. #4 What's a "modern world" got to do with Torah law
Chaim   (11.06.12)
which is eternal for Jews worldwide?
8. A first!
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (11.06.12)
Right on Rabbi Amar. This is the first time that I can remember ever agreeing with a rabbi on a halachic ruling! Good on you!
9. Common sense halachic ruling
MCR ,   USA   (11.06.12)
It's not so hard to check leafy veggies for bugs, people! Go organic, check your lettuce, and enjoy a good, healthy salad!
10. Kol ha-kavod, R. Amar!!!
Paqid Yirmeyahu ,   (11.06.12)
11. Good but stil waiting such warnings about Fluoride & GMO
andre   (11.06.12)
to say the least.
12. @11
Fluoride? The stuff that keeps your teeth from decaying. Go learn some science before you blabber nonsense.
13. Bug free?
M. Hartley ,   Atlanta, US   (11.06.12)
I was born in Germany in '38. What I remember vividly was the food in '44, which, until the war ended, consisted 3 or 4 times per week of watery Split Pea Soup with more little black things than peas. When I asked my mother one day, what all those little black specks in that soup were, she assured me that they were bits of protein, necessary for survival. That went well until my older brother, coveting my soup allowance, informed me that the specks were bugs. I tried desperately not to eat that soup after that, but when the same brother didn't want my early demise from starvation on his conscience, he showed me how to make that soup palatable: You closed your eyes, held your nose, gulped it down and thanked God for making another day possible. In hindsight and however better that may sound, having to live on nothing but apples some months later was, after a week, no better than the little specks. Oh, should one have been as lucky as to have come across a live worm, the same ritual applied to that protein consumption as to the black specks. All of that being said and except for one aneurysm due to smoking, which I've given up, I'm healthy as a horse and I suspect that the wartime "protein" was not as unhealthy as all the chemicals being applied to our food now.
14. Yes, Stop the madness!
yitzi ,   Bet Shemesh   (11.06.12)
All of these new hechsherim and chumras regarding kosher are driving people away, and in this case leads to actual health risk. When does the madness stop? At what level do we stop making it up as we go along and return to following halacha? Following halacha was good enough for all of your forefathers, what makes you so much less capable to do so?
15. 'Bug-free' vegetables dangerous
Israel ,   Israel   (11.07.12)
Let me point out that I am not religious, but let us be fare a little bit to others and to ourselves Mr.Kobi Nahshoni I think the Rabbi pointed out the "health risk due to the increased use of pesticides." and not the twisted title as published "Rabbi Amar: 'Bug-free' vegetables dangerous"
16. Ruling ..over dozens of pages - and Ynet has 1 line summary.
rebecca ,   modiin   (11.07.12)
17. 12 ,...
snag ,   USA   (11.07.12)
Nazis use to serve this stuff in food in their POW camps to keep the prisoners libido (testosterone) down ;) ,...
18. Amar
Joy ,   Israel   (11.07.12)
Kol hakavod !!
19. Reply to number 12
Joseph ,   London UK   (11.08.12)
Flouride is good for children's teeth in moderation, but there is some evidence suggesting it can be harmful to adults. Some places have outlawed flouridation of public water because of this concern. For some years I was p.a. to a famous medical doctor who avoided using flouridated toothpaste because of potential health problems.
20. Please go and inform yourself before acting like a parrot
Dana   (11.14.12)
Flouride is very unhealthy and used because it makes some people rich.
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