Thursday, July 12, 2012

And another "What the...": "Shikkering in our Shuls"

Seems that the Shuls can't get the crowds in by offering Tefilah or Torah Shiurim, so what do they do? Hope to attract them 'spiritually'.

Do low rating churches (lehavdil) do this kind of thing?
How low have we sunk?
And what next?

We hate to think...


  1. It is a true disgrace and chilul mikdash me'at.

    I sure hope the rabbi of south caulfield at least protests to his baalei battim about this.
    He is after all one of melb's top rabonim and a talmid chacham who sits on the beth din. Maybe he should start giving his members shiurim on kavod bet hakneset.

    As for Central Chabad - nu, the less said teh better

  2. I have googled a number of "Kosher liquor" lists and couldn't find Glenfarclas on a single one.

    This includes (but not limted to) lists of Star K (Baltimore), OU, CRC (Chicago, Kashrut,com, London Beth Din,, and of course all the important charedi lists.

    I also ckecked out their own webite and indeed nowhere do they claim to be kosher.

    I hope Rabbi Yanki Barber who works for the KA keeps an eye on what is going on in his Shul premises.

  3. I have checked out the Glenfarclas website -,Maturation.html - where it says the following:

    >>>Glenfarclas is matured in two types of cask:

    i. Plain oak casks, which have been used to mature Bourbon and Scotch whisky, prior to Glenfarclas single malt. 250 litre hogsheads are the most popular size.

    ii. Spanish sherry casks, which have matured Oloroso or Fino sherry in Seville, Spain. With a capacity of 500 litres sherry butts are widely used at Glenfarclas, along with 250 litre sherry hogsheads.<<<

    Here is a post from YWN

    which may cast doubt over the Glenfarclas Kashrut --- "According to one of the Kashrus organizations single malt scotch is fine as long as the label does not say aged in sherry (or other grape based barrels)."

  4. Initially I was a bit aghast, but then is it any different to recipe tasting or a car rally?

    People attending would not be there to get drunk and would not be condoning heavy drinking. If they were testing cigars that would be different. Would it be OK if they were testing Israeli kosher wines?

  5. What about the fact that the stuff being promoted isn't listed as kosher?

    (Now imagine Rabbi Meir Rabi promting this! )


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