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Endorsements/Blessings

Confirming the Halachic permissibility for KosherSwitch® technology has always been one of our prime objectives. Since the early stages, when KosherSwitch® was only a dream, various rabbis, poskim, and Torah scholars have been actively consulted and have played a pivotal role in our undertakings. We have been fortunate that some of the world’s leading rabbis/poskim have made time to meet, analyze, and consult on the viability of our technology. We have secured dozens of endorsements, approbations, and blessings – some verbal, and others in writing – all as a result of extensive in-person demonstrations using our unique prototype and proof-of-concept units. Below are some of those we have already received. We are actively seeking additional approbations from key Torah scholars, and the conversion of verbal statements into written endorsements. See also the responsa section for a more detailed Halachic analysis of KosherSwitch®.

 

Note:  The order of names on the list below is not intended as an indication of prominence or seniority. Bio information, including any institutional affiliations, are furnished for identification purposes only and do not imply any institutional action or position.  Tabular labels and entries are presented for ease of reference only and are not intended to convey any editorial content; for all interpretive questions readers should review the actual text of relevant authors at the links provided.  Rabbinical text at the links provided may refer to varying degrees of permissibility, or contextual conditions ranging from l’chatchila (“a priori”) use at home to limited use within healthcare settings. If verbal snippets are provided they synopsize in-person meetings and are not intended, and should not be considered, as a substitute for a formal written endorsement. 

 

NameBio/Verbal SnippetLocationClass....Type....Links....
HaGaon R’ Chaim Pinchas ScheinbergGadol Hador; prominent Posek; Rosh Yeshiva Torah Ore.JerusalemBlessingWrittenWiki
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HaGaon R’ Yehoshua NeuwirthRenowned author of the monumental Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa, considered by many as the authoritative work relating to the laws of Shabbos and holidays; a leading student of the distinguished Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l; viewed as an expert with respect to the laws of electricity and Shabbat.JerusalemApprobationWritten (in context of R' Zabihi letter); see also hereWiki
HaGaon R’ Chaim Tzvi ShapiroChaver HaBadatz of the Chasidei Belz Bais Din; Rav and Rosh Mesivta of Bais Midrash Kahal Chasidim in Bnei Brak; Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedola d’Chasidei Belz in Bnei Brak; author of three volume Sefer Ma’arachos Chaim.Bnei BrakApprobationResponsa & Written
HaGaon R’ Avigdor Nebenzahl One of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's zt”l foremost disciples having learned with him for over 40 years as a study partner (chavrusa); former Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem; Rav of the Ramban Synagogue; highly-respected Posek and a noted author of weekly essays on the Torah portion; authored over dozen volumes, including commentaries on the Mishnah Berurah and on Jewish holidays; former faculty member of Yeshivat Mir; senior Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh and Yeshivat HaKotel.JerusalemApprobationWritten; see also hereWiki
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HaGaon R’ Peretz SteinbergChairman of the Young Israel Council of Rabbis Committee on Jewish Law and Co-Chairman of Agudath Israel's Bais Din; Past president of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens; Dayan of the Igud Harabonim of America & Young Israel Bais Din; rare Yadin Yadin Semicha (ordination) from the Godol HaDor, the renowned Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, ZT”L; authored an eight-volume Torah commentary titled Pri Etz Hachayim, and is the Morah D'asra of the vibrant Young Israel of Queens Valley.Kew Gardens HillsApprobationWrittenWeb
HaGaon R’ Eliyahu Ben-Chaim [BenHaim]Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University's RIETS; YU RIETS Chairholder; Maxwell R. Maybaum Chair in Talmud and Halakhic Codes; leading Rabbinic Authority for the Greater Sephardic Community; Highly-respected for his vast Torah knowledge and understanding; received his rabbinical ordination at age 17 from the distinguished Rabbi Ezra Attiya; studied with Torah giants such as Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, Rabbi Baruch Ben Haim, and Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul; respected leader of the Beit Din Zedek of New York; Chief Rabbi of the
UMJCA.
New YorkApprobationResponsa & WrittenWeb
HaGaon R' Shimon AloufHaGaon R' Shimon Alouf is a senior renowned student of The Rishon LeZion HaGaon Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. He is Morah D'asra of Congregation Ahaba V’Ahva in Brooklyn and a respected Posek among the Syrian Jewish communities in New York. He is also the Rosh Yeshiva of the Sephardic Rabbinical College.FlatbushApprobationWrittenWeb
HaGaon R’ Pinchas ZabihiAv Bais Din of Congregation Ateret Paz; author of several renowned works, including Responsa Ateret Paz; accomplished scholar and respected Halachic decisor within the court of The Rishon LeZion Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.JerusalemApprobationWrittenWeb
HaGaon R’ Yehuda BrachaRosh Kollel Yechave Da'at (under the leadership of Maran HaGaon R' Ovadia Yosef), Jerusalem; author of Birchat Yehuda Responsa; Dayan Ramat Shlomo, JerusalemJerusalemApprobationResponsa
HaGaon R’ Nachum L. Rabinovitch, PhDOrdained at Ner Yisroel in Baltimore; PhD in Science from the University of Toronto and an MA in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University; prolific author best known for his Yad Peshuta commentary on Rambam's Mishne Torah, Responsa Siach Nachum, and Melumdei Milchama; Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Birkat Moshe.JerusalemBlessingWrittenWiki
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HaGaon R’ Yisroel DzimitrovskiDistinguished Rav and Posek in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter; Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat HaKotel; collaborates with Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl shlit’a on various matters.JerusalemApprobationWritten
HaGaon Dayan Yisroel Dovid HarfenesRenowned hassidic Posek/Dayan in Williamsburg; author of over 45 works including Yisroel Vehazmanim, Yisroel VeOraisa, Mekadesh Hashabbos, Mekadesh Yisroel, Nishmas Yisroel and Nishmas Shabbos (responsa).WilliamsburgApprobationResponsa & WrittenWiki
R’ Yosef MizrachiWorld-renowned dynamic speaker; specializes in Kiruv – Jewish outreach; Rabbi of Talmudic studies at Yeshivat Ohr Yisrael in Monsey; popular website www.DivineInformation.com visited by tens of thousands of users each month; video lectures are among the most popular on the www.TorahAnytime.com website.MonseyApprobationWritten Video 1 Video 2Web
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HaGaon R’ Shlomo MakhpoudAv Bais Din, Badatz Yoreh Deah; disciple of the distinguished Rabbi Yaakov Landau zt”l; name can be found on kosher certified products in virtually every supermarket and grocery store in Israel; his Badatz Yoreh Deah is a leading kosher certification agency in Israel, well respected and widely accepted.Bnei BrakApprobationWrittenWiki
R’ Shalom ArushSpiritual leader of Chut Shel Chessed Institutions; world-renowned author, his books are worldwide bestsellers, selling over a million copies; works include B’Gan HaEmunah, B'Gan HaShalom, B'Gan HaGagoim, B'Gan Eden Mikedem, and B'Gan HaOsher; impacts hundreds of thousands of people every month through his widely-popular BreslovWord.com and through the distribution of thousands of audio CDs.JerusalemApprobationWrittenWiki
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R’ Eliezer BrodyDisciple of HaRav Shalom Arush and serves as the Mashpia Ruchni at Chut Shel Chessed Breslev in Israel; Editor in Chief of several highly popular websites including Breslev.co.il, BreslovWorld.com, and LazerBrody.net (combined 300,000+ unique visitors each month); well recognized worldwide for his dozens of published works and CDs, including The Garden of Emuna and Pi Habe'er – all worldwide bestsellers.AshdodBlessingWrittenWeb
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R’ Manis FriedmanTorah scholar, rabbi, author, counselor and; well respected within the Chabad Lubavitch movement; served as the simultaneous translator for the Lubavitcher Rebbe; senior translator for most of the Lubavitch publishing houses; world-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher, and hosts his own critically acclaimed cable television series syndicated throughout North America; author of acclaimed “Doesn't Anyone Blush Anymore?”; featured internationally in over 200 articles, and interviewed on more than 50 television and radio talk shows; brother of renowned Jewish singer Avraham Fried.MinnesotaApprobationWrittenWiki
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R’ Rafael GrossmanRabbi Emeritus of the West Side Institutional Synagogue; Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Baron Hirsch Congregation in Memphis, the largest Orthodox congregation in America; past president of the Beth Din of America and the Rabbinical Council of America (“RCA”); Chairman of the Rabbinical Council International; Chairman of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds; member of the Executive Board of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; member of the Board of the Development Corporation for Israel; recipient of the OU's National Rabbinic Leadership Award; holds the degree Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Yeshiva University.New YorkApprobationWrittenWeb
R’ Yigal HaimoffPerhaps the most respected Posek within the American Bukharian community; Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Ohel Simcha in Kew Gardens Hills; respected posek, a Rosh Kollel, an accomplished scholar, and a renowned Torah lecturer.Kew Gardens HillsApprobationWrittenWeb
R’ Nissim BassalianSpiritual leader of the Mashadi Jewish communities worldwide; one of the most respected and well-recognized personalities in this large global community.Great NeckApprobationWrittenWeb
R’ Yosef BittonFormer Chief Rabbi of Uruguay; rabbi of two large Sephardic congregations in Buenos Aires; Rav in the Mashadi Jewish Community of Great Neck, a congregation with more than 5000 members; authored many works, including several books.Great NeckApprobationWrittenWeb
R’ Shlomo ShoubAccomplished Talmudist, Shochet, Sofer, Mohel, and Posek; Rav and spiritual leader of Shira Chadasha – a congregation within the UMJCA framework.Great NeckApprobationWritten
R’ Eliyahu KatsavianAccomplished Torah scholar; Rosh Yeshiva at Yad Shmuel and Tamar Yeshiva in Jerusalem; weekly lectures are attended by scores across the religiosity spectrum.JerusalemApprobationWritten
R’ Avraham NissanianInspirational speaker; dynamic, creative and caring spiritual leader of the illustrious Congregation Shaare Tova, a large Orthodox community in Queens, New York; Rabbi Nissanian is also the founder of Eshel Avraham Organization, an outreach foundation with global reach.Kew Gardens HillsApprobationWrittenWeb

 

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HaGaon Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa) Analyzing the KosherSwitch prototype
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