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Few organizations have had as much impact on so many lives as Dirshu, whose Torah learning programs have inspired and empowered thousands of Yidden from Americato Australiato Eretz Yisrael. Yet the idea behind Dirshu started with just one man, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, who 15 years ago saw a need for a framework for serious Torah learning for balabatim — and when he couldn’t find it, decided to create one himself.
Armed with coffee and an afternoon nap, some people are still burning the midnight oil long after Shavuos. If you can’t stay up all night, you should not be a badchan, work in the E.R., be a bakery mashgiach, or control overseas flights. But for those who defy their nocturnal rhythms, life is still light on the dark side.
When a young orphan named Yehoshua Hartman decided to honor his father’s memory by meeting Rav Yitzchak Hutner, he never dreamed that the encounter would develop into a flourishing, beloved rebbi-talmid relationship, or that it would be a catalyst for Rav Hartman’s own major contribution to the universe of Torah scholarship. Rav Hutner introduced the young avreich to the Maharal of Prague, and Rav Hartman has reacquainted the world with a giant larger than any golem.
What’s really going on in the kashrus industry of 2013? Five of North America’s top kashrus experts continue chewing over the complexities of an industry we all need but little understand. In Part Two, our panelists examine issues relevant to kosher stores and eateries; the lessons learned from recent scandals; the necessity of an on-site mashgiach; how to make sure the system doesn’t break down; and the role every consumer plays in making sure the food on your table is really up to standard.