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Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

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Rabbi Dovid Fink




Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program


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Course Description

REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS OPEN ONLY TO ACCEPTED APPLICANTS TO THE WEBYESHIVA.ORG HALACHA MASTERY PROGRAM. TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

This course is part of the WebYeshiva.org Halacha Mastery Program.
For more information please click here.

 

In this course we will survey the opinions of the great poskim regarding the concept of hashgacha and the mashgiach’s specific responsibilities. Topics will include: What is a mashgiach, what are his responsibilities, what are the qualifications for a mashgiach, can a woman be a mashgichah, can a child be a mashgiach, can a mashgiach trust non-Jews in the kitchen, can a mashgiach trust Jews who are not Torah observant, non-Jewish cooks and bakers, wine handled by non-Jews, taking challa from dough, kashering a kitchen outside the home and more.    We will focus on primary texts from the Mishna through contemporary poskim with a view to clarifying the practical requirements for kashrut supervision.

 

To apply to join this course, please click here. 


About Rabbi Dovid Fink
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertᅠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.


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October 22, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
The Basic Requirements of Kashrut Supervision

In our first topic we will survey the sources that define what a mashgiach is and what he does. We begin with texts from the Mishna through the great medieval authorities and the Shulchan Aruch.

Starting next week, we will concentrate on the conclusions drawn by the modern poskim, focusing primarily on the opinions of R. Moshe Feinstein.

The link provides sources in either WORD format or pdf.

In class we will translate and explain these sources.

 
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October 29, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

In today's class, we cover the decisions of the Shulchan Aruch and other early modern authorities requiring the mere possibility that the mashgiach see the non-Jew milking the cow or the mere possibility that the mashgiach appear and see the non-Jews at work in the store or private home.

Next week, we will turn to the opinion of R. Moshe Feinstein regarding the reliability and trustworthiness of non-Jewish food producers who certify the kashrut of their products in writing.

 

 
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November 5, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Two seemingly contradictory teshuvot of R. Moshe Feinstein: In the first he embraces the reliability of factory certification that all their ingredients are of kosher origin. In the second he rejects that reliability and insists on full-time, on-site inspection.

 

 

 
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November 12, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

R. Moshe Feinstein's strict criteria for kashrut supervisors.

 
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November 19, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program


Today we conclude our survey of the opinions of the great poskim regarding the minimum requirements for kashrut supervision by studying the responsa of R. Asher Weiss and Rav Kuk.

Next week: women functioning as kashrut supervisors

 
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November 26, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Women functioning as kashrut supervisors: The strict view.

Hebrew sources are available through the link.

 

 

 
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December 3, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

R. Moshe Feinstein's opinion in the Iggerot Moshe.

 
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December 10, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Last week we started to examine the opinion of R. Menashe Klein in his Mishne Halachot.

This week we will complete that and go on to the teshuva of R. Moshe Sternbuch.

 
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December 24, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

In today's class (24 January) we begin the topic of bishul Akum (non-Jewish cooking).

Sources are available through the links in both WORD format and pdf.

 

 
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December 31, 2017 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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January 7, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

The position of non-Jewish slaves and employes.

R. Bakshi Doron's attempt to find a leniency to permit non-Jewish cooks in Israeli police kitchens.

 
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January 14, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Today we turn to practical issues discussed by contemporary poskim regarding commercial food production: (1) Rav Cohen of Antwerp on tuna fish and bishul yisrael; (2) Rav Aviner on Arab bread; and (3) Rav Lau on cooking done by non-Torah observant Jews.

 

 

 
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January 21, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Completion of Rav Lau's opinion regarding cooking by Jews who do not observe Torah from last week.

Beer and other beverages that are cooked or brewed.

The Mashgiach lighting the flame prior to cooking.

 

 
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January 28, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Completion of our survey of the opinions of contemporary poskim regarding non-Jewish cooking.

Rav OvadyaYosef, Rav Moshe Sternbuch, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Valdenberg, Rav Yitschak Weis, and Rav Gedalya Felder.

Next week: Kashering utensils.

 
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February 4, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

The opinion of the Rosh requiring one of the following in kashering non-kosher utensils:

1) The utensil must not have been used within at least 24 hours;

or 2) The volume of boiling water must exceed 60 times the volume of the utensil being kashered.

 

Sources are available through the links.

 
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February 11, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

It is occasionally important to kasher utensils that are essentially kosher. For example, you might want to kasher a kosher milk utensil for use with meat. Or you might want to kasher a kosher utensil for use with a stricter standard of kashrut.

Today we survey the opinions of the poskim regarding the leniencies that apply to kashering utensils that are already kosher.

These leniencies do not apply to kashering a kosher utensil from year-long use for Pesach.

 
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February 18, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

1) Earthenware utensils (כלי חרס).

2) Glass utensils.

 

Material regarding glass is available through the link in WORD format and pdf.

 
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February 25, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Our final topic in הגעלה (kashering through boiling) is glass.

After kashering glass, we will turn to halla, which must be taken from dough.

Sources are available through the links both in pdf and WORD formal.

 
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March 4, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

What is the minimum amount of dough that requires separating halla without a bracha?

What is the minimum amount of dought that requires separating halla with a bracha?

 

 
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March 11, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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March 18, 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilchot Mashgiach Kashrut: Halacha Mastery Program

Noodle kugel; dough recipes based on liquids other than water; the shiur of separation (how much halla needs to be taken).

 

 

 
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