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BISHUL ON SHABBOS Part IV: Sweet N’ Low and Equal

In a previous issue of the Daf HaKashrus (Vol. 23, #9, p.41) we explained that Splenda, a mixture of sucralose, dextrose, and maltodextrin, can be added to coffee in a kli sheni on Shabbos based on the principle of ein bishul achar bishul. Sucralose, the actual sweetening agent, is cooked during the manufacturing process. Dextrose…

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ORTHODOX UNION CONGRATULATES OU KOSHER MARKETING DIRECTOR PHYLLIS KOEGEL OF WOODMERE ON BEING HONORED AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL PRE-KOSHERFEST MEDIA DINNER

Phyllis Koegel, OU Kosher Marketing Director and Woodmere resident popularly known as “The Woman Who Keeps Tootsie Rolls Kosher,”  was honored last night at the fifth annual Pre-Kosherfest “KosherFEAST” Media Dinner at T-Fusion Steakhouse in Brooklyn. A Kosherfest regular for many years, Ms. Koegel often travels around the globe and has also been to major…

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Bishul on Shabbos: Flavored Nescafe Coffee

WHEN I PREPARE NESCAFE INSTANT COFFEE ON SHABBOS, I POUR HOT WATER FROM AN URN DIRECTLY INTO A CUP, AND THEN ADD THE COFFEE. I’VE TAKEN A LIKING TO NESCAFE VANILLA AS WELL AS NESCAFE HAZELNUT. DOES THE PRESENCE OF THE FLAVOR COMPLICATE MATTERS?  It is permitted to cook on Shabbos a dry food that,…

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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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ETROGIM FOR SUKKOT 5776 & SUKKOT Q&A

I hear that Etrogim from this year have to be treated differently .. what exactly and why? Israeli etrogim for the coming Sukkot holiday will invariably all have shemittah sanctity. They must therefore be treated with special care until they have completely become dried out; 1) they may not be discarded or otherwise desecrated, 2) they must be declared hefker…

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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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Hilchos Uminhagei Yom Kippur

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom-Kippur. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As individual…

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OU KOSHER ANSWERS ROSH HASHANA QUESTIONS

             OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org or to CHAT LIVE with an OU Kosher Expert click on the chat screen on the bottom right of your screen. * * * Pruzbol I…

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