The Yoshon Network Inc. (TYNI) fills a much-needed niche of providing an easy way to find the status and relevant Date Code information on hundreds of products, as well as educating people on how to properly observe the mitzvah of keeping yoshon in an easy-to-understand format. TYNI is here to hep those observing the mitzvah of "chadash" (also spelled "chodosh") or more commonly referred to as, "keeping yashan" (also spelled "yoshon"). This particular law is based on Vayikra [Leviticus] 23:14 in the Bible. It is very detailed in its observance, and our organization has helped many people start to observe this mitzvah. (For more details on this, see our various informative articles.)
Yoshon.com was also one of the first websites to offer the public a pdf download (with permission) of "A Guide to Chodosh" by Rabbi Yoseph Herman z"l (upon which the majority of our information is based) without the need to be on an email list. Although we are unaffiliated with his Project Chodosh, we provide information on all things Yoshon, and base the majority of the product information on the Guide. TYNI lauds Rabbi Herman for his excellent and indispensable work.
August 15, 2010- Plans for The Yoshon Network Inc. were created by the original founder. All ideas were recorded.
October 4, 2010- The basic website for Yoshon Network was created, but not yet implemented.
June 19, 2011- The Yoshon.com domain was purchased by another non-profit co-created by the founder, and the website was started. Originally, the site offered only a download of "A Guide to Chodosh" and the Chodosh Bulletin Updates.
December 2012- Yoshon.com added a revolutionary way that consumers could find Date Code information, making it portable to use in grocery stores directly on smart phones. It consisted of static tables. The home page had a simple table of links to pages A-Z. Each page had all the brands starting with that specific letter, each brand containing a table with its products and the current status or date code information. One had to scroll though the lengthy alphabetical list to find the product. This system was in place for 4 and a half years, until gradually phasing out during February 2016.
October 11, 2013- The Yoshon Network organization was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio and created the YoshonNetwork.org website.
July 2014- Over the next month, papers were drawn up, the Directors were instituted, our Registered Agent contacted, and forms were signed. Local people made donations, and we were on our way to achieving the dream.
August 15, 2014- The Yoshon Network became incorporated in the State of Ohio. Ironically, this was exactly 4 years after the original date of inception.
August 18, 2014- Yoshon.com domain ownership was transferred to its permanent home at TYNI.
September 15, 2014- TYNI becomes a 501(3)(c) accredited public charity. Incredibly, this occurred within only 3 weeks of our original application to the IRS. All donations to TYNI are now tax-deductible.
September 30, 2014- The Yoshon Network Inc. is approved for PayPal service.
December 1, 2015- The Yoshon Network Inc. moves its Headquarters of major operations to Scottsdale, Arizona, yet still remains an Ohio non-profit.
February 2016- Plans for a new Yoshon.com website overhaul were implemented, and the basic structure was made. The site went live in March, but access to the old site was made as products and relevant information was added to the new site in "Maintenance Mode".
March 6, 2016- The Yoshon.com site graduates from the old system of links and tables to a new easy-to-use dynamic searchable database. The new system now offered pictures of products for easy identification in the store, applicable grain ingredients, hechsherim as well as other information found in the Guide.
Mid-March 2016- TYNI added a Flag Counter, which keeps
record of how many visitors and from what country. Within 4 months, page views topped over 13,000!
May 6, 2016- The Yoshon Network Inc. signed up with AmazonSmile to help make it even easier for people to make donations.
May 14, 2016- TYNI added a new email account (Yoshon.firstname.lastname@example.org) and acquires a New Jersey phone number (7325-YOSHON) for added convenience.
June 4, 2016- Yoshon.com incorporates "Tawk.to", an Online Chat feature where visitors can make comments or ask questions directly, in addition to email and phone calls.
August 19, 2016- Tu B'Av 5776, Yoshon.com's Date Code Database is completed with all current products, and the link to the old site is disbanded.
September 6, 2016- Yoshon.com institutes Tawk.To chat service. If nobody is manning the chat (most of the time), it will say "Offline", and visitors with questions can email directly from this chat window found in the lower right corner.
January 30, 2017- The Yoshon Network Inc. was awarded the seal for being a Gold Level Participant in Guide Star, a registry that provides legal, purpose, and financial information on non-profit organizations.
March 2017- Yoshon.com gets a news banner to display the latest yoshon news without having to change the whole slider on the Home page. It offers a close and reopen option so that visitors can get it out of the way when done reading it.
July 16, 2017- The page views top 100,000, having over 25,000 in the US alone!
August 15, 2017- On our 3rd Anniversary of Incorporation, TYNI's "Y" logo is published in the United States "Trademark Official Gazette".
October 31, 2017- TYNI's "Y" logo becomes a registered trademark.
December 3, 2017- The TYNI Board members unanimously vote in favor of several exciting projects. The first was a forum for yoshon-keepers, another was an email-based subscription newsletter that would offer updates, news on products and selected manufacturer's coupons. Perhaps the most exciting project the Board approved was to start working on a mobile app that would enable people to scan a product's UPC and have all of the product's information come up from Yoshon.com's database.
December 4, 2017- Work immediately begins to start obtaining UPCs for the Yoshon.com app , and Tovim Media, LLC is contracted to do the app, and work on the forum's design begins.
December 28, 2017- Yoshon.com debuts its new "Forum of Yoshon Information", where yoshon-keepers can share tips, info, questions, associate and become friends all over the world with others who keep the mitzvah.
March 2018- Yoshon.com disbands the FYI forum due to lack of interest and repeated hacking attempts. Sadly, in order to protect the few forum members and the security of the website, this step was deemed necessary.
July 23, 2018- A new system is implemented on Yoshon.com in which the Date Code and Yoshon Status are listed directly underneath the name of the product. The date of update ("Updated on[Date]") still appears in green below the Date Code. The old status information is removed from Additional Info", and replaced under the product name. The place of origin is added in parenthesis after the name when there are different countries having the same company, ensuring Date Code accuracy for our visitors from all countries. For example, General Mills has divisions in not only the USA, but in Canada, South Africa, the UK, and it imports to Israel. If one is in Israel and the item is imported, they can tell the proper Date Code by seeing where it originated from. If there is no country listed, it has been made in the USA.
September 12, 2018- Another new system is implemented on Yoshon.com in which the source of updates is added in "Additional Info". This compliments the green "Updated on Date". Now visitors can know exactly when a product has last been updated, and where the information source came from. Sources include the Guide to Chodosh and most of the major kosher certifying agencies for the USA, COR and MK for Canada, Kedassia for the UK, and the UOS for South Africa. Occasionally other products are researched by the TYNI staff, usually based on previous entries from the sources mentioned. Work continues on the enormous task of creating the thorough and properly-working Yoshon.com app.
Presently, work continues to update product entries and their pertinent information. It is an ongoing process that never ends, as new products are added and old discontinued ones are deleted. (If there are any discrepancies, please feel free to contact us and let us know!)
What We Do:
- The Yoshon Network Inc. is multifaceted in reaching out to help other Jews who keep yoshon. We run two separate educational websites, and provide free services for those who keep yoshon.
- "YoshonNetwork.org" is good for those who are new or want to take this mitzvah upon themselves. It also contains educational information for everyone. This site contains anything one could possibly need for keeping yoshon!
- "Yoshon.com" is for people who are already keeping yoshon, and in contains an online Lookup of all the date codes needed to determine which products are yoshon and which are the forbidden "chodosh". This site enables people to look up the information on their smart phones right in the store as they shop, and is an invaluable service!
- The Yoshon Network provides a way in which people can network with others in order for those who are traveling to find people to stay with who also keep yoshon, or where they can find yoshon food.
- In some cities, there may be a Yoshon Gemach or Yoshon Exchange- a kind of "charitable storehouse". Most often, it will provide yoshon products to synagogues for special events or guest speakers from Israel and large cities who keep yoshon, and of course, provide products to those who keep yoshon if they run out. People can donate unopened packaged products, exchange newer items for like-kind (with the proper date), or buy things that they have run out of or need. Due to the strict Biblical laws of not taking interest, The Yoshon Network and other Gemachs that provide this service can not make any extra money on these items. The exact price is recorded on the item as soon as it has been acquired. See the Contacts list for Gemachs in your area or where you plan to travel to.
What We Do NOT Do:
- The Yoshon Network Inc. will not answer Halachic questions about products and their yoshon status.
- We do not post any products without having prior information on them.
- We do not sell any products listed on our site.
- We are not affiliated with The Guide, Rabbi Herman, or Project Chodosh- we are two separate entities. Therefore we cannot add people to their mailing list for Bulletin Updates.
- Similarly, we cannot subscribe people to "A Guide to Chodosh". However, we do offer an order form for copies of the Guide for the convenience of our visitors on our Uploads & Downloads page, but we have nothing to do with the actual mailing of the Guide.
Our organization is largely seasonally-based, and monetary donations are accepted all year round to help cover the costs of web hosting and domain fees. Our Directors and Officers are volunteer only and never get paid. The website takes considerable time and research to maintain. Being a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we offer people the opportunity to make tax-deductible donations, which will help us fund our needs. Another option is to make purchases online though Amazon Smile, a program in which Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to non-profits of your choice. We are registered with Amazon Smile. (We earned Gold Participant status with Guidestar, a directory charting legitimacy of non-profit charities.) Help support The Yoshon Network and enable us to help others who are keeping yoshon!
We Would Love to Hear From You!
We are always looking for new tips and others to network with for having a yoshon group or gemach. If you would like to become part of the Yoshon Network, please send us a reference from a rabbi and your contact info. Please let us know how you would like to participate, whether providing a yashan gemach or exchange, or hosting other traveling "Yashanite" families or singles for a Shabbat meal or lodging.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us. We only provide information on our site from other sources. We do not answer Halachic questions. You must either contact your Rav, or Project Chodosh at yherman20@gmail.