By COLlive reporter
Three kashrus officials described their differing opinions on purchasing beer in the Tri-State area following Pesach, despite a breakthrough on the matter.
For many years, kashrus agencies approached Simon Bergson to sell the chametz of his Manhattan Beer Distributors (MBD), the largest single market beer distributor in the US which distributes popular beer brands.
Before this Pesach, Bergson agreed to sign a sale of chametz thanks to the involvement of R’ Nosson Sternberg, a Lubavitcher businessman from Crown Heights, and Rabbi Kalman Weinfeld, Rabbinic Coordinator for Food Services for OK Kosher.
AMI Magazine called it “The Great Beer Episode of 2018,” but kashrus agencies such as Hisachdus HaRabbonim (CRC in New York) and the Star-K, expressed disagreement with the OK’s mechirah.
Instead, they are still advising consumers not to purchase brands of beer from Manhattan Beer Distributors for several weeks, as COLlive.com reported.
Dovid Lichtenstein, author of the Headlines series of halachic analyses on modern issues, dedicated an episode of his podcast to discuss the “The Big Beer Controversy in the Tri-State Area – Is it Chametz Shevar Alav HaPesach?”
Speaking on the show were Rabbi Moshe Elefant COO of OU Kosher, Rabbi Weinfeld of the OK and Rabbi Sholom Tendler, Kashrus Administrator of the Star-K.
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