Amar issued a halachic ruling following lab tests conducted on such crops, in which he recommends that the public purchase regular leafy vegetables and clean them “in the old-fashioned way.”
The chief rabbi’s ruling may have dramatic consequences, as it could prove to be disastrous for one of the current generation’s most significant developments in the field of kashrut.
The halachic-agricultural innovation, generated in the Gush Katif greenhouses, has created a real change in the kosher kitchen, making it almost unnecessary to check leafy vegetables for bugs – a task considered particularly difficult and frustrating.
The rabbi’s ruling, which took several months to write and stretches over dozens of pages, is aimed at refuting the claim that leafy vegetables cannot be completely cleared of bugs, and that since the special growth method was invented – there is a halachic obligation to stick to it.
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