Consumer Kosher

The Tasty Muffin: Starting off Your Day the OU Way

June 11, 2009

A discussion of the Kosher certification of muffins.

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Canned Salmon FAQ’s

January 27, 2009

A series of questions and answers about the Kosher status of canned salmon.

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Major ask OUtreach-Lakewood Success Launches OU Kosher ‘HOW TO’ DVD Series

January 26, 2009

Back in the year 2000, OU Kosher presented a series of kashrut seminars in Lakewood, the great New Jersey center of Torah – known in fact as Ir Ha’Torah, the…

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Rav Moshe Zt’l’s Heter of Cholov Stam Revisited

December 22, 2008

Halacha states that milk which is produced without hashgacha (r’iyah of a Yisroel) is non-kosher; such milk is termed “cholov akum”. This rule is a gezeirah, lest milk from non-kosher animals be mixed into what otherwise could be assumed to be kosher milk. Milk is only permissible when a Yisroel watches the milking, verifying that milk from non-kosher animal species is not incorporated. (Yoreh Deah 115:1, from Maseches Avodah Zarah daf 35b)

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Mesorah Fish

December 17, 2008

On Sunday February 19th, the Orthodox Union presented a conference on awide variety of subjects pertaining to Mesorah of various “pareve” subjects. The following is a look at the topic I presented, “An Analysis of Kaskeses – Part and Present”.

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An Analysis of Kaskeses – Past and Present

December 17, 2008

To summarize, fish that have a kaskeses are kosher. The definition of kaskeses is unique to kashrus, and scientific classifications of scales are not halachikly determinative.

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A Guide for Mitzvah-Keepers with Housekeepers

December 17, 2008

[Note: So as not to slight anyone, the title “Hagaon” is being restricted to the Ziknei Eretz Yisroel and to Niftarim.] Mi-Hu Yehudi? Here’s an Erev Shabbos “mishap” you don’t…

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Kashrus and Allergens

December 17, 2008

Health matters require the guidance of qualified health professionals. The purpose of this article is to set forth general information pertaining to kashrus designations and how they might relate to…

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Checking Vegetables for Insects

December 17, 2008

Waiter: What would you like for an appetizer? Customer: Salad, please. The popularity of fruits, vegetables, and berries has increased in recent years due to positive scientific studies about potential…

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Retail Dairy Products: Whats, Hows and Whys

December 17, 2008

Previous installments in this series have investigated dairy foods from the perspective of the posek, mashgiach and kashrus administrator. We delved into halachic and highly-technical material, attempting to gain insight…

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