I am reposting this item which first appeared about a half a year ago in honor of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky who has been in the news lately and in honor of April fool’s day.
News special to The Jewish Depress
OU Kosher proudly announces the certification of cattle prods and duct tape for use in rabbinically authorized divorce proceedings. Our Senior Posek, Hagaon Rav Yisroel Belsky has determined, based on his long experience, that these items have no unkosher ingredients and leave no residue or marks. His experience in these matters dates back to his long history of working closely with Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein on one of many cases where agunot were freed from their recalcitrant husbands.
The OU does not recommend any specific divorce procedure and advises individuals with marital disputes to first seek sholom bayis mediation and to consult with their qualified local orthodox rabbi. However, we trust Rabbi Belsky in his confident assertion that the ingredients are completely kosher.
It should also be clear that Rabbi Belsky is not a spokesman for the OU on things other than kashrut. His position defending convicted molester Yosef Kolko and intimidating the family of the victim who testified is not the position of the OU. Nor does Rabbi Belsky represent the OU in some of his positions on Divorce. Thus the public repudiation of one his rulings by Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef also has no bearing on Rabbi Belsky’s continued rule as OU Kosher Senior Posek.
Rabbi Belsky usually works closely with Rabbi Epstein and also includes Rabbi Ephraim Bryks on some of his battei din. Please be advised that Rabbi Bryks is not a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, our rabbinic arm, but they will not publicly state their reasons for encouraging him to resign. He is also no longer a member of the Queens Vaad.
Inquiries about Rabbi Epstein should be directed to the US Attorney and the FBI.