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The Kosher for Passover Snack: A Rarity no More

Passover is a holiday steeped in great tradition. Our ancestors, living in a world without manufacturing processes, prepared all the food used for Passover from scratch, involving great time and painstaking effort. Producing any more than the bare minimum that was needed for the holiday was out of the question.“You will survive without snacks or…

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Not a Half-Baked Idea: Baking for Passover Offers Tasty Rewards

Passover is a time when the Kosher consumer faces additional dietary restrictions. Leavened bread, termed chometz, is forbidden. The well-known traditional baked staple permitted and associated with Passover is matzah, which is baked from dough that does not rise. The dough used for matzah contains no yeast, just flour and water, and must be baked…

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Keeping Up with Passover Trenditions

Supermarkets across the globe know just the right moment to signal the Jewish consumer’s Passover panic. About six weeks before the holiday begins, the conspicuous Passover display reminders appear–endless boxes of matzah, jars upon jars of gefilte fish, and bottles of grape juice, throwing the calmest of consumers into a flurry of mental ruminations. “How…

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From the Editor

The very Hebrew name for the holiday, Pesach, refers to a conversant mouth. The matzah rabbinically referred to as lechem oni, poor man’s bread, is seen not simply as a food consumed when hastily leaving Egypt, but as a medium for discussion and elaboration on countless Passover themes. The Bible instructs that we verbally communicate…

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The Sleeping Giant: The Kosher For Passover Market

The scene in my local supermarket is a familiar one each year. A few weeks before Passover, the first shipment of OUP (P=KOSHER FOR PASSOVER) Coca-Cola arrives and is placed on display for sale. Immediately, customers pounce on the coveted drink and within a few hours the shelves are left empty and barren. New Passover…

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Pesach Seminar on the Web

The OU/RCA pre-Pesach Seminar, originally given on Monday, March 28 is now available online. Click here for a schedule and video feeds.

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OU Kosher Publishes Issue of Behind the Union Symbol

OU Kosher has just published a special edition of its seasonal magazine, “Behind the Union Symbol” featuring articles about Kosher for Passover, edited by Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator. Copies of this special issue can be downloaded (in pdf format) by clicking here.

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OU Kosher Releases Guidelines for Passover Medicines

The list is available here.

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The Kosher Color Spectrum: The Kosher Status of Food Colorants

An explanation of food colorants and its implications for Kosher supervision.

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OU Kosher Releases Guidelines for Non-Food Items

The list is available here.

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