Jerusalem – Rav Amar: Strawberries Kosher And May Be Eaten

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    Charedi man inspecting strawberries for insectsJerusalem – During a visit to a Hesder Yeshiva in the Yesha town of Karnei Shomron, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar gave a shiur on the permissibility of eating strawberries.

    He claimed that the recent psak issued by chareidi rabbis against eating strawberries because of the inevitability of their being infested by insects, is not correct because, “The Torah only forbad eating bugs and crawling insects which are visible to the eyes. It didn’t forbid eating insects which can only be seen by a microscope.”

    Rav Amar ruled that it is sufficient to soak the strawberries in water, rinse them off and then remove the top leafy part to eat them.

    The rav was welcomed by the yeshiva. The event was attended by notables from the Local Council, the heads of Yesha Council, local rabbis and many residents.


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