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Nachal Dragot (aka Darja)- an intense hike near the Dead Sea
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10220 on: May 02, 2018, 09:06:13 AM »
They emailed me back right away:
הכשרות מהדרין אגוד רבנים הרב וסטיים מנסטר


Pro tip: Always cross check with the Kashrus agency, especially in Israel.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10221 on: May 02, 2018, 10:16:12 AM »
Pro tip: Always cross check with the Kashrus agency, especially in Israel.
That's what I figured. If you go back through the thread, I only discovered that they'd dropped OK because I contacted OK about whether they cover the visitor center, or only the products themselves.

I'm not commenting on whether or not a hechsher on the product is good enough for this situation, but personally we wouldn't have been comfortable with that alone.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10222 on: May 02, 2018, 02:33:06 PM »
the stops can still be pretty bad.
Regardless I would still "splurge" on the extra 75-100nis
To know I have a driver waiting for me and taking just my friends and i directly to my destination.
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10223 on: May 04, 2018, 01:05:12 PM »
We are planing of family trip to Israel in August. Are recommendations where to stay where to stay preferably in Jerusalem for family with several small kids under 8? Any "Israel experience" and kids-friendly activities away from heat? What is the best way to commute in Israel, is there a Uber/Lyft or other not very expensive options? Thank you in advance for any recommendations and Shabath Shalom!

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10224 on: May 04, 2018, 03:24:15 PM »
Pro tip: Always cross check with the Kashrus agency, especially in Israel.
Oh well. Anything else like that with a hechsher?
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10225 on: May 04, 2018, 03:39:00 PM »
Going to take my 5th trip to Israel in the past 11 years and still no clue which restaurant hashgochas are good and which are not. So much simpler in the US...
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10226 on: May 04, 2018, 03:42:25 PM »
Politics aside, can I trust the hechshers under Israel here?
https://kosherquest.org/kosher-symbols/
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10227 on: May 04, 2018, 03:46:02 PM »
That's what I figured. If you go back through the thread, I only discovered that they'd dropped OK because I contacted OK about whether they cover the visitor center, or only the products themselves.

I'm not commenting on whether or not a hechsher on the product is good enough for this situation, but personally we wouldn't have been comfortable with that alone.
Noticed they had the oK, Does anyone know anything about the hechsher other than it isnt good or it sounds like cookie monster?
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10228 on: May 04, 2018, 03:46:42 PM »
Oh well. Anything else like that with a hechsher?

Galita? Rabbanut Mehadrin Mate Binyamin? Claims to be CY on their website...
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10229 on: May 04, 2018, 03:48:54 PM »
Going to take my 5th trip to Israel in the past 11 years and still no clue which restaurant hashgochas are good and which are not. So much simpler in the US...

hotels are easier, but the idea, tedious it is, is to talk with the mashgiach and figure out how they handle truma, which meat they use, are they indeed truly CY, veggies gush katif, and which other hechshers are acceptable for use at the establishment. Am I missing anything?
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10230 on: May 04, 2018, 04:16:25 PM »
hotels are easier, but the idea, tedious it is, is to talk with the mashgiach and figure out how they handle truma, which meat they use, are they indeed truly CY, veggies gush katif, and which other hechshers are acceptable for use at the establishment. Am I missing anything?
Why would hotels be easier than a restaurant?
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10231 on: May 04, 2018, 06:19:57 PM »
Forgot temidi for meat
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10232 on: May 04, 2018, 06:22:02 PM »
Why would hotels be easier than a restaurant?
in my limited experience, I found that usually the mashgiach is always on site, regardless of milk/meat. Restaurant, usually only for meat restaurants are they onsite. Also, a restaurant is usually a much more hectic environment for a mashgiach, whereas a hotel has limited buffet mealtimes and hence easier time having a convo with the mashgiach...

As well, due to the nature of the hotels buffet, it is much easier to find food you *can* eat, than a restaurant...
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10233 on: May 05, 2018, 03:50:08 PM »
Politics aside, can I trust the hechshers under Israel here?
https://kosherquest.org/kosher-symbols/
For sure a lot of them but i wouldnt say all

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10234 on: May 05, 2018, 09:47:42 PM »
Worth going to Bahai gardens? Any halachic issues?
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10235 on: May 05, 2018, 10:36:12 PM »
Worth going to Bahai gardens? Any halachic issues?
AFAIK, it's not an issue. Same as a mosque I believe. Definitely don't quote me on that though.
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Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10236 on: May 05, 2018, 11:49:32 PM »
Worth going to Bahai gardens? Any halachic issues?
def worth a visit if it fits youíre schedule and itís not too hot. A few tips:entrance to the main garden(insta worthy) is only via guided tours they run tours in a few languages including English,tours run on different times each day and end as early as 3 (personal experience of showing up and only let in to a little patch ) entrance is free iirc. About the building, me and my friends didnít enter as itís a shrine to a dead man. The whole Bahaíi culture is explained and is fascinating! our guide was an American,as all believers have to make a pilgrimage once in a lifetime to do work on the garden.they have a Congress where Bahaíi matters are discussed.
Definitely go itís not too long of a tour,maybe an hour or so,you start on top of the mountain and walk steps all the way down....
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10237 on: May 06, 2018, 12:10:50 AM »
def worth a visit if it fits youíre schedule and itís not too hot. A few tips:entrance to the main garden(insta worthy) is only via guided tours they run tours in a few languages including English,tours run on different times each day and end as early as 3 (personal experience of showing up and only let in to a little patch ) entrance is free iirc. About the building, me and my friends didnít enter as itís a shrine to a dead man. The whole Bahaíi culture is explained and is fascinating! our guide was an American,as all believers have to make a pilgrimage once in a lifetime to do work on the garden.they have a Congress where Bahaíi matters are discussed.
Definitely go itís not too long of a tour,maybe an hour or so,you start on top of the mountain and walk steps all the way down....
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https://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/tours/#currenttimetable

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10238 on: May 06, 2018, 02:11:42 AM »
Going to take my 5th trip to Israel in the past 11 years and still no clue which restaurant hashgochas are good and which are not. So much simpler in the US...
Is it really? There are many times more hechserim in the US then in Israel. There are roughly 10 standard ones in Israel.
Do you not have access to a single Rav in Israel that you trust and will listen to whatever he says?

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #10239 on: May 06, 2018, 06:57:13 AM »
Is it really? There are many times more hechserim in the US then in Israel. There are roughly 10 standard ones in Israel.
Do you not have access to a single Rav in Israel that you trust and will listen to whatever he says?
Most hechsherim you run into on a daily basis here are on your run of the mill modern orthodox - "yeshivish" Jews list of things they eat.


Same can't be said for Israel.

And in Israel you have many more hechsherim that some people hold and their neighbor doesn't even though they may be from same type of community. It gets complicated real quickly.
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