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ABOUT ASK OU

As the leader in worldwide kosher certification, the Orthodox Union takes additional steps to serve as a leader in educating the public in matters of kosher law. Over the past several years, OU Kosher, in partnership with the Harry H. Beren Foundation of New Jersey, has developed numerous kashrus educational programs for the benefit of…

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OU Kosher Q&A for Rosh Hashana

OU Kosher presents popular Q&As in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Additional questions can be asked by contacting the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) or by submitting them tokosherq@ou.org.  Alternatively, CHAT LIVE with an OU Kosher expert on http://www.oukosher.org via the chat icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Honey Q: There is a long-established minhag (custom) on Rosh Hashana…

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Pas Yisroel List – 5777

The Tur (Orach Chaim, Siman 603), based upon the Talmud Yerushalmi, cites the custom for Jews to be stringent during the Aseres Yimei Teshuva to eat exclusively ‘Pas Yisroel’ bread. Even those Jews who generally do not exclusively eat ‘Pas Yisroel’ are encouraged to accept this practice during the period between Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom…

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Is Your Oven Kosher? – Part III: What Every Kosher Cook Must Know

MICROWAVE OVENS Our discussion up to this point has focused on gas and electric ovens. A microwave oven follows the same general principals, but the application of these rules is different because of the manner in which a microwave oven operates. A microwave oven heats the water molecules (every food has some moisture), and the…

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9/11 Diary from the OU Archives: The Triumph of the Human Spirit

IT WAS SURELY going to be just another typical Tuesday at the office. I arrived at the OU’s headquarters– located just six blocks south of the World Trade Center – at 8:25 A.M. and found the other early birds at their workstations. I began to settle down, turned on my computer and was reading my…

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Somtimes it’s not the food: Kashrut, Allergens and Microbes

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The Return of the Evil Weevils in Rice & Barley

Recently, the OU has received complaints from consumers about high levels of infestation in barley and rice and other grain products. Many of these complaints have revealed that the affected products were beyond or close to their expiration dates. The Problem: While our certified packers sift all incoming products such as grain and flour etc.,…

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Jewish Life Returns to Poland: ASK OU Is Ready

Standing on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, it’s hard to believe that this very place where Jews fought to their deaths to preserve Jewish life, has now become the epicenter of a Jewish renaissance in Poland. But what is now even more astonishing is that some of its very leaders were often ignorant of their Jewish…

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Dairy from the Desert: An Update on the Camel Milk Situation (or Non-Situation)

A recent Dairy Reporter article about Desert Farms, the US-based camel milk company which is planning to expand its production so as to include camel milk ice cream and baby formula, prompted a flood of kashrus questions, with people asking how the kosher dairy industry will remain free of concern for camel milk content in…

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Consumers’ FAQ’s on Kosher Fish

FAQ About Purchasing Fish

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Campers Receive a Hands-On Lesson in the Tradition of Kosher Slaughter

LAKEWOOD, Pa. — In the woods here on Tuesday, campers stood in a line holding quails, feeling their warm bodies and beating hearts in their hands. “Guys, do not bond with your birds,” Hillie Ackerman, 16, a camper from Brooklyn, warned his friends. The birds were about to be slaughtered. One by one, the boys…

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