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Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher

Rabbi Hershel Schachter once told me that if there’s a disagreement in matters of halachah at the OU between him and Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, you are the deciding vote. The halachic decisors at the OU are the three of us. So if there’s a dispute the majority rules. You’re also involved in running the office?…

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Meet the Woman Who Keeps Tootsie Rolls Kosher

If you keep kosher, and enjoy eating a handful of Tootsie Rolls or drinking a tall glass of Gatorade, you have Phyllis Koegel to thank. As marketing director of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division, Koegel is charged with convincing companies of the financial and commercial benefits of going kosher—and getting the OU symbol, the most widely…

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ASK OU comes to Monsey: Contemporary Issues & Halachic Applications in Dairy Kashrus

Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer recently presented a well received shiur on dairy issues at the Ohr Chaim Night Kollel in Monsey. He received the following letter from Rabbi Nochum Scheiner the Rosh Kollel: “Dear Rabbi Gordimer, Shlita We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing shiur that you gave for our…

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Everything You Need To Know About Shemittah

Photos courtesy of Keren Hashviis By Y. Dov Krakowski While shemittah (the Sabbatical year of the land) has unfortunately become a hot political topic in modern-day Israel, it is important to remember that shemittah is actually a mitzvah with its own set of halachot. It is especially vital for the American tourist or student who will be spending the year…

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Succos

The connection between kashrus and Yom Tov is fairly apparent during Pesach. During this special holiday, chometz is strictly prohibited and we fulfill a very unique mitzvah of eating matzah. There are many intricate halachos associated with baking matzah, which if not performed properly, render one’s matzos to become chometz. There are also many halachos associated with the kashrus of wine used for daled kosos, the maror that we eat at the seder, and the list goes on. However, Pesach is not a holiday that has a monopoly on kashrus concepts. Areas of kashrus are also touched upon during other times of the year, even though sometimes the connection may seem hidden. Succos is no exception, as there are topics dealing with kashrus and eating, which are associated with this special time.

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OU Kosher Presents Consumer Hotline FAQ’s for Sukkot

OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers in preparation for Sukkot. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. The questions below were answered by  Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive…

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ASK OU comes to Monsey with “Contemporary Issues & Halachic Applications In Dairy Kashrus”

The Beis Midrash Ohr Chaim’s Community Learning Center and Night Kollel of 18 Forshay Road, headed by Rabbi Nachum Scheiner Shlit”a, hosted a number of shiurim on the topic of cholov akum. The first shiur was given last week by Rabbi Ari Senter, Rabbinical Administrator of the Kof-K; Rav, Kehilas Yeshorim of Wesley Hills. TOPIC:…

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IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR LOVED ONES

by Rabbi Moshe Zywica It is customary on Yom Kippur when Yizkor (the memorial service) is recited, as well as on the Shalosh Rigalim (Pesach, Sukkot and Shavuot), to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have passed away.  This practice was referenced as far back as the Talmudic times when it was recorded in Tractate Ketubot 103A…

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Trade Shows: Meet the OU Representatives

OU Representatives will be more than glad to meet you at the following trade shows. Please stop by!   Natural Products Expo East September 22-24, 2016 Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD Website Kosherfest November 15 – 16, 2017 Meadowlands Exposition Center Secaucus, NJ Website

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The Spiritual Significance of Shemittah

by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb Why would the Torah dictate such a challenging set of laws, requiring that landowners relinquish their land and neither plant nor reap for an entire year? Many great sages have asked this question and have offered a variety of answers. The Rambam offers two very different reasons for shemittah. Firstly, that shemittah is…

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