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The Halachot of Waiting Between Meals

A overview and discussion of the laws of waiting between meat and milk

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An Analysis of Kaskeses – past and present

Consumers are becoming more health conscious. Fish is often considered a healthier option compared to meat. We are all familiar with certain fish like salmon and tuna. Yet, some may want to broaden their culinary experiences and try some more exotic varieties of fish. The question then becomes, what fish are kosher? This article will illustrate that it may not always be so simple to answer this question.

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Dairy Primer

We are often confronted with a myriad of ingredients and products grouped loosely under the “Dairy” category. The purpose of this discussion is to clarify what those products are and their Halachic status.

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The Certification of Products of The Coca-Cola Company

Statement from Orthodox Union The Orthodox Union wishes to bring to your attention the following points of information:  1) The OU certifies a wide range of products manufactured by The Coca-Cola Company in…

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Are All Fromages Created Equal? Waiting Between Cheese and Meat

“You mean that I have to wait SIX HOURS after I eat cheese before I can eat meat??” Well, often yes. The Remo (Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 89:2) states that the minhag is to wait after eating hard cheese before partaking of meat, just as one waits after meat before dairy; this minhag has become accepted practice for Ashkenazim. (See Chochmas Adam 40:13.)

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Fish

As long as humanity has sought sustenance, there has been fish to provide it. Whether for an informal lunch or an elaborate dinner, it is inconceivable that a menu would not include fish. However, not all types of fish may be enjoyed by the kosher consumer. Many varieties of fish are prohibited medoraisa. Moreover, there are numerous issues regarding the processing of fish that could impact the kosher consumer.

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“Everything Is In Butter”

There is a German expression Alles iz in butter” (Literally: Everything is in butter.) This phrase means that everything is fine and in order. Historically, butter was a product that was viewed as being kosher without any serious issues. Generally, all aspects concerning the ingredients and manufacturing process were considered to be acceptable. Butter was generally produced by churning cream so that the butterfat flocculated (clumped together) to form butter; the byproduct from this process being buttermilk. No other additives were used. In fact, in halacha, there are many shitos that do not consider butter to be subject to the restrictions of chalav akum as long as there is no residual milk fluid in the butter (see Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 115:7 and Shach ad loc.). Even today, based on these shitos, many people who are careful to use cholov Yisroel products exclusively are lenient with butter. Some kosher consumers purchase higher grades of butter even without any kosher certification. Are these practices advisable in light of the many changes, both in terms of ingredients and manufacturing techniques, that have occurred in standard butter production? How do these changes affect the kosher of butter? Do the traditionally lenient approaches to the kashrus of butter still apply? From the standpoint of kosher, can we still say about butter, “Alles iz in butter”?

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SWEET MAVENS OF GLASTONBURY, CT RECEIVES ORTHODOX UNION KOSHER CERTIFICATION FOR DELICIOUS BISCOTTI PRODUCTS

Sweet Mavens, manufacturer of an award-winning line of tender biscotti, announces that it has been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU). “Becoming certified by the Orthodox Union is the…

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OU DIRECT INTRODUCED ‘PRODUCT AUTOMATION’ TO ONLINE PROGRAM

In breaking news from OU Kosher, OU Direct, the website available to all OU Kosher certified companies, became even more direct, Thursday, May 9, with the addition of Product Automation. This new feature includes a variety of options to make it easier and quicker for companies to maintain their certified product lists and to add new products.

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OU Kosher Holds Annual Staff Conference in Borough Park

HALACHA AND COLLEGIALITY COMBINE AS OU KOSHER HOLDS ITS ANNUAL STAFF CONFERENCE IN BOROUGH PARK OU Kosher presented its annual staff Kashrut Conference last weekend at the Renaissance Ballroom in…

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