Rabbi Moses Feinstein and what he Really Said about Cholov Yisroel Milk

A while back I wrote about Rav Moshe (Moses) Feinstein and his stance on Cholov Yisroel Milk. In the end, he does NOT actually say that in westernized countries, anything goes. He was providing a Heter in order to address the needs of America back in the 1950’s, when there literally were no resources for Cholov Yisroel milk readily available. His basis apparently was that, since in westernized countries the rules on milk are so strict that we can strongly assume that no Gentile will perform monkey business on the milk, that strong assumption attains the status of a Jew “watching” milk, a rule in the Shulchan Aruch/Mishna Berura. Nonetheless, this was to be used for last-ditch purposes, and a Baal Yirah shouldn’t even do that.

Rabbi Yehuda Oppenheimer of the Marlee Shul in Toronto recently told me a story that happened with his father in New York. He asked Reb Moshe for a Heter on milk since he had to feed his wife and kids and they required milk. Reb Moshe’s answer? That the children under Bar Mitzvah could consume the Cholov Stam milk, but the children over Bar Mitzvah couldn’t.

I’m not saying what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m just stating that those who wish to drink Cholov Stam in the name of Reb Moshe should better think twice before misquoting him.