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A new mehadrin, super-kosher kashrut authority was launched this week from
Safed, targeting the national-religious community.
The more discerning
members of the crocheted kippa-wearing public will be now able to purchase fresh
poultry slaughtered under the auspices of the Badatz Orot Eliyahu
Badatz Orot Eliyahu is the brainchild of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu,
chief rabbi of Safed, and Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, dean of the Orot Ha’ari yeshiva
The birds will be slaughtered in accordance with the rulings of
former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, father of Shmuel, after whom the
new authority is named. The nationalreligious Badatz stamp will apply to beef in
the coming months.
Leaders of Badatz Orot Eliyahu said it was not seeking
to undermine the kashrut certification of the Chief Rabbinate, but sought to
attract people who want mehadrin chickens and would otherwise rely on haredi
“A number of other kashrut authorities have tried to
raise difficulties for Badatz Orot but God has helped us overcome these
problems,” said Badatz Orot Director Ronen Gimni on Israel Radio.
reality is that today parts of the national-religious community use mehadrin
hechsherim [stringent kashrut certification] which belong to the haredi or
hassidic communities,” Gimni said. “The question is does the national-religious
community need to provide economic support for the Badatz of the Eda Haredit or
of the Belz hassidim, or can it provide for itself?”
In November, the
attorney-general ordered a criminal investigation into Eliyahu on suspicion of
incitement to racism following comments he made about Arabs.