Sunday, February 13, 2005

Attorney General: Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger to be questioned by police in next few days


At 2:01 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

see background at:
Last Update: 13/02/2005
Police to summon chief rabbi as part of probe
By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger will be summoned by the police for interrogation in the coming days as part of an ongoing probe into his stay at a Jerusalem hotel without paying.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz approved the summons of Metzger on the basis of evidence already collected in the case, which could possibly be used against the chief rabbi.

Metzger's defense attorney said the client would "give his version" of events when questioned.

The affair broke four months ago when Channel 2 reported that Metzger and his family stayed at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem during Passover, that he was only asked to pay for the meals there and that he actually only paid part of the expenses. The report showed documentation from the hotel indicating that the hotel rooms reserved for Metzger were "free." In the wake of complaints made subsequent to the report, Mazuz ordered an informal inquiry and State Prosecutor Eran Shendar came to the conclusion that there is no choice, but to conduct a formal criminal inquiry.

Metzger's attorney, Yaakov Weinroth said "I don't understand this inquiry. I don't know what is in the material that could raise questions since anyone who looks into it sees there's nothing there. On the other hand, if they decide to investigate, then clearly the chief rabbi is like anyone else, and he will provide his version and is not asking for any special privileges. The chief rabbi is certain that the final result will be that there is nothing to the entire affair."

At 8:28 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

I was back @ the mikva today and this is what i heard there:
1]Kehilla kasrus found plumbas[tag placed under a kosher chickens wing,and only to be found there or in the rav hamachshe's pocket]in the owner of (not so) kosher spot's office
2)cuts of meat never sold by rubaskin to anyone kosher,where found in k.s.[and paperific]'s display with rubashkin's seal
3]the retail price of rubashkins meat at k.s. was less then rub charged k.s.
4]we still don't know if the issue is glatt or not , or truly trief [non-kosher].The next question pending the above one, will be what to do with our pots pans and dishes.kill the guy from ks but first woojee woojee

At 10:26 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

The Blogger Who calls his site THEFRESHVIEW.BLOGSPOT.COM
just emailed me this from his mikva
"Thus far I have been able to verify the following from a couple of sources.

When International Glatt closed its store on Avenue J, Kosher Spot opened up a fresh meat department. I spoke with the owner at that time, and he told me that he was selling Rubashkin meat. Kosher Spot also began to supply other stores with fresh meat. Both of the Paperific stores in Flatbush and Boro Park carried meat from Kosher Spot. There is also a store in Crown Heights that carried meat from Kosher Spot. There may well have been others. Kosher Spot was under the supervision of Kehilah Kashrus.

Kosher Spot was caught selling non-glatt, but nonetheless kosher meat and claiming that it was Glatt meat. As a result of this, Kehilah has removed its certification from Kosher Spot. The place is now closed.

According to Rabbi D. Feinstein if one used this meat, then one need do nothing. According Rabbis Hillel David and Yisroel Reisman, anyone who used meat from Kosher Spot that was purchased since last November should kasher his/her pots.

Apparently there are other related issues that are being looked into, but I have no verifiable information about these.

For your information, Mountain Fruit, which is in no way involved in this matter, sells both Aaron's (Rubashkin) and Weinstock (Satmar) meat. I called the store this morning and asked where the meat is coming from and where it is being packaged. I was told that the meat is coming from these Rubashkin and Weinstock and is then cut and packaged in the Mountain Fruit store. Some of the meat in the showcase says Aaron's on the label and some says Weinstock on the label. The person I spoke with told me that Kehilah Kashrus has a mashgiach Temidi in Mountain Fruit who makes sure that the two kinds of meat are kept separate and labeled properly. He suggested that I call Kehilah to verify this. I have not done this.

The Satmar community in Boro Park and in Williamsburg both have butcher shops that are under the supervision of the respective Kehillas. Perhaps what we need in Flatbush is a non-profit, community butcher shop that is under the supervision of both the Vaad of Flatbush and Kehilah."
......but first Woojee Woojee.


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