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Yoshon

The source for the laws pertaining to Yoshon are found in Vayikra (23:9-14). These laws are applicable to the Chamishas HaMinim of barley, oats, rye, spelt and wheat.

These grains are Yoshon if they took root prior to Pesach. If the grains did not take root prior to Pesach then they are chadash until the subsequent Pesach. There is a halachic dispute if the hashrashah (grain taking root) must be 3 days or two weeks prior to Pesach. The laws of chadash do not apply to other grains such as rice, corn and buckwheat.

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Milchigs and Fleishigs in the Oven

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What could be wrong with… ? – Part I

When I was a child, shopping for a kosher candy bar was a simple matter. In those days, a candy bar was only a nickel. We would carefully review the ingredients printed on the back label. If there was no gelatin in the candy, we wisely concluded that the product was unquestionably kosher. No matter…

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ASK OU’S Kashrus Seminar For Women Provides Intellectually Engaging Summer Experience With Lessons For Everyday Kosher Living

OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack, far left, and OU Kosher Senior Educational Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Yosef Grossman, far right, with seminar participants at the OU Kosher headquarters in Manhattan. As the school year begins in full swing, groups of parents and students alike are apt to reflect on what they did and where they…

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English Pruzbul Form for Shemittah

Pruzbul Form In the presence of the undersigned three judges (dayanim), duly constituting a Bet Din, there appeared before us                                                                       who declared before us as follows:   “I hereby turn over to you judges [insert names]                                                         ,                                                          and                                                      , in this place [insert place name]                                                         all of the debts owed to me, whether…

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Pruzbul: Ask the Rabbi

I have a friend who owes me 1,000 dollars.  He told me that once Rosh Hashanah comes, he will not have to pay me back.  Is that true? To answer we have to start from the beginning.  The Torah says in Devarim (Chapter 15, verses 1-2) “at the end of seven years…every creditor should release…

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Simply Amazing! ASK OU’S First Kosher Meat Tour Receives Rave Reviews From Participants

Participants in OU Kosher’s first Harry H. Beren ASK OU Guided Tour of OU Kosher Meat Production listen intently in the first day of the program, preparing for plant visits. “AMAZING!” That was the reaction to OU Kosher’s first Harry H. Beren ASK OU Guided Tour of OU Kosher Meat Production program, which took place…

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OU KOSHER To Begin Its Fourth Advanced Kashrus Seminar For Women In New York, Monday August 24 – Friday, August 28

Want to learn and understand the laws of kosher from the experts of the most-recognized kashrus organization in the world? OU Kosher will present its fourth ASK OU Advanced Kashrus Seminar for Women from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28 at OU headquarters in New York.  The women’s seminar alternates with a men’s program…

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Online Movie: Outer Space Kosher

Two kids set out to create a kosher product – a meteor bite. When their idea is stolen by an unscrupulous marketing executive, they go into action. This Kosher adventure is for the whole family. Click here to watch it now! In addition to the feature film above, we’ve also included a bonus movie, in…

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Sold Out: ASK OU Tour of OU KOSHER Meat Production

A new OU Kosher product is in the marketplace, and it has proven so popular that it has “sold out” even before its existence was officially announced. The product in question is not food, but it is certainly OU Kosher.  As the newest entry in its expanding array of kosher education programs, the OU Kashrus…

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