Aug 14, 2014
Kashrus Switch Changed My Life

From the COLlive inbox: A woman says a change she has done in her kashrus eating resulted in wonders for her body.

Cholov Yisroel Miracles

By Chava

For the majority of my life, I was under the assumption, and so were my doctors, that I was lactose intolerant.

I had all the signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance. Any time I would consume more than a mere trace of dairy, I would get horrible stomach pains. I also did not grow up frum and never knew anything about kosher.

I only learned about Cholov Yisroel about two years ago. Knowing that I was lactose intolerant, I never tried a Cholov Yisroel product when I started to follow a more strictly kosher lifestyle.

Last year, a casual friend really want me to try some ice cream. After some convincing, I gave it a try. I spent the next few hours waiting for the stomach pains to start. They never came. I had asked about this ice cream and I found that it was Cholov Yisroel.

Intriguing, I thought.

I decided to do an experiment. I drank exactly 11 ounces of regular 2% milk, I got all the pains that I expected. I waited a couple days, to be sure it was out of my system, and drank 11 ounces of Cholov Yisroel 2% milk... no symptoms!

I have kept Cholov Yisroel ever since, and I have enjoyed cereals for the first in my life. I even consider Frosted Flakes a special Shabbos morning treat because it's a new food and thus very exciting.

Everything was created by Hashem. By default, everything contains holiness. Yet holiness is more revealed in certain entities more than others. Being created in Hashem's image, we have a moral duty to elevate that which is lower than us and, as Chassidus explains at length, by doing so we bring about an aliyah also for ourselves!

Every time we do something, we are either elevating or declining our spiritual level. If we are doing something that is much less holy that we, we can very well elevate whatever it is we are doing (such as when we elevate the foods we eat), but how often do we wonder if it is lowering us?

Kashrus is a complicated thing, but one of its many uses is that it helps us to not decline our spiritual level via the foods we consume. If we consume something that is very far below our level, it does cause us to drop a bit.

The same goes for elevation. If we consume something that is kosher, it is holier than treif food. Because we took the time, effort and extra money to perform that mitzvah (an many others, as Jews do work in those fields and by purchasing kosher foods, you are providing their income) we are elevated in that deed. So by keeping kosher, strictly kosher, great, miraculous things can happen as we merit them.

A friend of mine was suffering from a sever medical problem in which she could not eat. It had gotten so bad that her doctors had all agreed that she would need an operation to fix an intestinal problem that medicine was not fixing. The problem was dire, she had not been able to keep down solid food for two weeks, she was losing weight rapidly and becoming very weak due to a liquid diet. She tried yogurts, soups, health smoothies, nothing would stay down. She could keep down only liquids such as juices, broths and her favorite, coffee.

A few days before her operation was scheduled, I went to visit her. I suggested that she give up coffee until after the operation, as she drinks a very strong coffee and it could be making the problem worse. She was not happy about the idea, but she gave it a shot.

On my way to visit her, I stopped by my kosher grocery store and saw coffee flavored yogurt. She doesn't keep Cholov Yisroel, and this was, but I thought it might cheer her up and I bought her one cup of this yogurt. She had tried other yogurts, and they did not help, but she really wanted to try this yogurt even though I expected her to have it after her operation.

She ate it and had no problem keeping it down! Of course, I brought her more the next day. She ate them and sure enough, no problems. Then she tried solid foods, no problems! Her doctor had called to discuss pre-surgery terms, and she had told the doctor that all of her symptoms were gone. The doctor had her go in for a check up and the problem actually was gone! Her surgery was canceled and this woman is doing just fine. She now eats Cholov Yisroel, coffee flavored yogurt on a regular basis.

Cholov Yisroel is real. It's not just an extra "chumrah" it truly makes a difference, both in ruchniyus and in gashmiyus!

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But cholov yisroel milk contains lactose! Please explain
(8/14/2014 4:36:22 PM)
(8/14/2014 4:42:55 PM)
lactose intolerant
I've always been lactose intolerant and still am and I'm very careful with hechsherim. Bh worked out for you, but I don't think anyone should take this and try it on themselves regarding milchig if you don't handle it, but more take a lesson from the point of keeping higher standards of kashrus in general
(8/14/2014 5:10:48 PM)
Me 2!
Same exact thing happened to me!
(8/14/2014 5:19:11 PM)
The reason
Cholov Yisroel milk is milk from only KOSHER animals. Cholov akoom, or as it is sometimes called cholov Stam, has a very small amount of non kosher animal milk. Since our spirituality is linked to our physicality when themilk was not made from ONLY KOSHER milk the body rejected it. She is lucky. Hashem doesn't always give us such straight out guidance towards chooser a more appropriate option! Thank you for sharing!may we always make the right choices towards a higher way of living!
(8/14/2014 5:31:26 PM)
Not convinced
Unless it can be proved scientifically under strict laboratory conditions, with variables, control group, or whatever, I would take this as just another fanciful, wishful thinking story. Otherwise it would happen for everyone with apparent or proven lactose intolerance, that they would no longer suffer adverse reactions to lactose, so long as they only ingested cholov yisroel.
(8/14/2014 6:03:33 PM)
thats really cool!!!
wow ;)
(8/14/2014 6:28:19 PM)
To # 1
This story indicates that while the doctors thought it was the lactose it was not. It was the spiritual quality lacking in cholov stam that was making her sick not the lactose.

There is a similar story of the Klausenberger Rebbe. When he was in the camps during the holocust he figured to survive he would have to drink cholov stam. His belly swelled immediately and he got very sick, it went away as soon as he stopped drinking the cholov stam.
(8/14/2014 6:35:14 PM)
To #5
Chalav Stam doesn't necessarily have non kosher milk mixed in!!
(8/14/2014 7:08:20 PM)
Number 5 correction
Number 5,
Milk processed in the United States and it's products ( "OU-D"), what we refer to as Cholov Stam, most certainly does NOT contain any non-kosher milk cv"s. The reason for cholov yisroel is indeed what you say, and in other countries the problem still exists. But to say that tens of thousands of frum yidden are consuming milk from trief animals is not true.
We don't accept the heter of "cholov Stam" as there are many halachic/ruchniusdik issues with it, but we can't say untrue statements that are choshes thousands of other Jews.
(8/14/2014 7:12:31 PM)
Have a kid with allergys
Can't relate to your story..... We do keep kosher and our kid is suffering.....
(8/14/2014 10:16:20 PM)
Same happened to me
It's so cool how god works!!!
(8/14/2014 11:00:30 PM)
I've suffered from IBS for the last twenty years, and, despite eating nothing seemed to help. My Chinese medical practitioner suggested that I try a spoon of Black Cumin Seed Oil a day and that has made all the difference. I went from a constantly upset bowel to being regular. It took about 1 month to fully work. For all those suffering from IBS, I suggest you look into this.
(8/15/2014 12:27:30 AM)
Not sure where you live, but in the US all milk is made from cow's milk unless stated differently. In addition, there are many Cholov Stam products that have hechsherim, so how can you say that they are containing non-kosher milk? Or from non-kosher animals?
(8/15/2014 12:38:12 AM)
To number 5
First of all there is no such thing as cholov stam. Halachikally theres cholov yisroel and cholov akkum. And cholov akum is not forbidden because it has a small amount of treife milk but rather because of the concern that there might be. Even when the concern is not applicable the Halacha is that it is cholov akum unless a jew sees the milking process. R Moshe feinstein (and others) hold that the milk in countries such as the US where there are strict regulations in place to be cholov Yisroel. Those who do not accept his heter consider it chiolov akum which would then be just as forbidden to consume as any other rabbinic prohibition. (For example a salami and butter sandwich)
(8/15/2014 1:25:43 AM)
To 6
Stop being amalek noones trying to prove anthing they are just trying to share something that happened in their life that inspired them and hopefully will inspire others
(8/15/2014 2:43:41 AM)
Yes, well people are welcome to their delusions, I suppose.
(8/15/2014 7:15:34 AM)
cows can be treif
When cows are fed grain instead of being allowed to graze, they get bloated and have gas. The only remedy is to puncture its stomach, rendering the cow treif. On the cholov Yisroel farms those cows are set aside for cholov akum milk.
You can call J & J to confirm it, as I did. I called them several years ago.
(8/15/2014 9:24:43 AM)
keep kosher
I keep kosher including cholov yisroel just because it's a mitzvat H'.
(8/15/2014 11:17:06 AM)
To #15 Sorry, YOU ARE WRONG
I looked over everything R Moshe Feinstein says about Cholov Yisroel (I used the sefer Yad Moshe for all the Mafteichos) and ***[ NOWHERE does he say that US Milk is cholov yisroel ]

*** he also says "U'baal Nefesh Yachmir"
and even mentions clearly that he himself would NOT drink US milk which is NOT cholv yisroel
(8/15/2014 5:27:13 PM)
This story is being shared to inspire- she is not trying to put out scientific data out there for everyone to live by- she is sharing her personal miracle how keeping a mitzvah has helped her. Each one can derive their own lesson...learn and get inspired.
Thanx for sharing this beautiful story!
(8/16/2014 11:34:21 PM)
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