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Jan 21, 2016

Rav Yosef vs Rav Vaye regarding bugs in sunflower seeds

Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef has come out against the "bug rabbi", once again.

This is not the first time Rav Yosef has opposed, very strongly, the big rabbi. In the past Rav Yosef argued regarding the kashrut of corn on the cob, and put him down very strongly for his extreme approach in prohibiting a variety of foods that are really permitted to eat.

Now, in a shiur regarding the halachic issues of Tu b'Shvat, Rav Yosef said people should learn more the halachot of dried fruits, so that people should not prohibit things that are actually allowed.

Rav Yosef said that there is a rav in Yerushalayim who put out a book about bugs, and he took pictures of a bug in a sunflower seed, magnified it, and paskened that people must open and check every single sunflower seed before eating it. Rav Yosef said this is incorrect and is tremendous bittul torah. Rav Yosef said this is wrong, he does not know halacha and poskim, as according to halacha it is perfectly fine to eat sunflower seeds and if one comes across a ruined seed, he should take it out of his mouth...
source: Srugim

That is some pretty strong opposition and wording to what has become fairly standard in the Haredi community...

Sometimes I find my opinions very much in line with the Chief Rabbinate, and sometimes not so in line...

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  1. Must agree with Rav Yosef in this matter.

  2. http://www.torahmusings.com/2013/04/rav-moshe-vaye-rav-eitam-henkin-and-extremism/

  3. I was in a Rav Vaya shiur (by a woman from Jerusalem who teaches for him) in which it was said that Rav Vaya has a different interpretation of "matzui" or infested, than 10% which was a benchmark in the past. The way the teacher used the term infested it meant if you ever find any but at all it's "infested" - you don't even have to find 3 for example.


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