PSA: Be Sure You’re Using a Reliable Shaimos Service

As you may recall, two years ago, TLS assisted in the recovery and proper burial for dozens of bags of Shaimos found abandoned in Lakewood.

After we were made aware of the abandoned Shaimos, bids were placed on the locker’s contents, to ensure proper Kavod to begin collecting the bags and boxes. Then, equipped with trucks, volunteers shlepped hundreds of bags and boxes of Shaimos, loading them onto the truck to prepare them for burial.

As a result of the incident, TLS stated at the time we would no longer be accepting Shaimos ads without a Hechsher. And the same applies for this year as well.

As a consumer, be sure you are dealing with a reliable Shaimos organization.

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  1. In this regard, it is important the olam be aware of what is and what isn’t shamos. Remember, The fraudsters are hoping you thing EVERYTHING is shrimps

  2. The problem is they all claim a hechsher. But never have I been able to get any basic answers to the question where is this shaimos going. Where or when will it be buried. Nobody seems to know. Once there is no trail, and no plan to show this opens up for all sorts of scams. I challenge anybody here to give clear definitive details about these operations.

  3. Perhaps we can learn from others?
    I was looking something up & found an article with pictures which I found interesting.
    In a large Frum community a Shul has taken upon itself to be the place where anyone can drop off Shaimos (with no charge). When the storage area is getting full volunteers (mostly a boys club) load the Shaimos into a truck which transports it to the cemetery where it is buried (or stored in a shipping container until more accumulates).
    This way everyone in the city knows their Shaimos are being buried properly (& what makes it even better is it’s all free).
    Why can’t this be duplicated in Lakewood?

  4. I have noticed there is a rav in Lakewood who backs 75% of the shaimos coming out of Lakewood and i know he has implemented special rules since this story happened. He officially gives his hechsher to the other burial company in Lakewood as per my knowledge there is only one other one aside from capital. There is no need to worry anymore, everything you give will be buried. The other company to rely on is called tri state shaimos and they are extremely trustworthy with a great track record

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