The Mashgiach’s Secret Life

Posted: September 18, 2010 in Religion
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He woke up at 4am. Thirty minutes until he walked out his front door. He had to get dressed, shower and eat breakfast. He carefully put on his tzitzis making sure to leave them hanging out his black pants.
Breakfast he ate quickly and ran out to begin his days adventures.

First was the ride to his place of employment. He worked as the Mashgiach in a kitchen. Known at work as Rabbi ———  he would sit in his corner and observe the goings on to ensure everything was according to halacha. Although he was very young his appearance was that of a learned yeshiva bachur. After all, the only way he got the job was because they assumed he was Yeshivish. Only religious people can be trusted as a Mashgiach.

Came yom kippur. He showered, got dressed and ate the meal before the fast with his family. He left his house as his family went to shul for kol nidrei. he headed his car and drove to the movies. Got some popcorn and coke. Watched a few movies and went home in time for sunrise.

Went home, ate breakfast and went to sleep. Woke up and “broke his fast” with the family. Ready for another week at his job as a Mashgiach. If only they knew…

I know this guy well – he really exists.

  1. YR says:

    This is just sad. What’s the point of keeping the facade? If he doesn’t believe, he should at least be happy. Why doesn’t he go the full sheygetz?

  2. offthedwannab says:

    Ha! My friend used to do this. And he was the supervising Mashgiach! He always did his job though. He’s a dedicated employee. He made sure the mashgichim and businesses followed the hechsher’s rules even tho he ate from McDonalds.

  3. Telz Angel says:

    I know of a very similar story a few years back. A prominent member of the community was once home from a Friday night meal and saw the local mashgiach driving to a shopping center where he picked up his wife — who had just finished her shift at the liquor store. He called the rabbi who ran the local vaad — and was told that he knew about it: “After all”, he said “the guy is on his way to being a baal teshuva, so we should not be so hard on him. Give them some time and they will be shomer shabbos too.”

    In this same town (with a very small Jewish community), there was an Israeli woman who ran a little catering gig, but did not have hashgacha (and she was not shomer shabbat either). It was clear to the people who knew her that she’d never even think of serving treif – being the type of traditional Israeli who despite not being frum would never server treif. Of course the shul had to use the Vaad’s hechsher. It happens. We can only hope that it does not happen often. Unfortunately many people with connections to the Kashrut industry know at least one similar story.

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