Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik
'Sir, this product contains chametz.' Cash register (archives)
Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik
Leavened food. Sale not allowed
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Jewish digital barcode to fight chametz

Chief Rabbinate comes up with creative solution for Passover kashrut at grocery stores: When customers try to buy product defined as leavened food, supermarket's computer does not allow sale

Israel's Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger revealed the Chief Rabbinate's new advanced project last week at the world conference for rabbis and community leaders from 33 different countries.


“Over the years we have come up against many problems with the Passover kashrut," the chief rabbi said. "The grocery stores and supermarket networks cover the shelves holding the chametz products and are then certified kosher for Passover. However, at times irreligious people take products from the covered shelves and the cashiers don't usually notice."


The Chief Rabbinate came up with a creative and efficient solution: The barcode of products which are not kosher for Passover are registered on the supermarket's main computer as products which are not for sale, thus when a customer tries to buy a product defined as chametz the computer does not allow the sale.


Metzger spoke about the new project while greeting the 150 rabbis from the Diaspora who arrived in Israel to participate in the conference organized by the Department for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora belonging to the World Zionist Organization.


Another new product was presented at the conference: No longer do rabbis and emissaries to the Diaspora have to cart around books and educational material. The Department for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora headed by Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman has created a new innovation. An 8-gigabyte disk on key containing hundreds of educational short films in various languages, educational activities, slide shows and more.


This not only saves hundreds of Jewish communities around the world paper and postage fees, it has also been specially developed to meet the needs of Jewish youth in the Diaspora.


פרסום ראשון: 01.13.10, 16:21
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