Rabbi Yaakov Luban

Product on Schedule A Needs a Hebrew Signature

1.  There is an ingredient on our schedule A with a notation that says, “only acceptable with Hebrew signature of supervising rabbi”.   I can’t read Hebrew, much less recognize a signature.  I found something on the label I thought might be it, but it turned out to be the box manufacturer’s logo. Q: How do […]

What Could Be Wrong With… Fish?

One of the most serious misimpression’s that persist in the minds of kosher consumers is the belief that one can eat inherently kosher foods prepared in non-kosher restaurants. Professionals are often under great pressure to go out with clients or colleagues to lunch and dinner. When kosher restaurants are not available, people rationalize that they […]

What Could Be Wrong With… The “K”?

WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH THE “K”? A number of years ago, an OU-certified company requested authorization to use “Charlie’s Bread Crumbs” in their product. Since a “K” was prominently displayed on the bread crumb label, I called the Charlie company to inquire which rabbi provided their kosher supervision. Mr. Johnson politely advised me that […]

What Is Kosher?

What Is Kosher? The word kosher means proper or acceptable, and it has informally entered the English language with that meaning. But kosher laws have their origin in the Bible, and are detailed in the Talmud and the other codes of Jewish traditions. They have been applied through the centuries to ever-changing situations, and these […]

The Mezonos Roll…Is It A Piece of Cake?

A review of the laws of and the proper Bracha for “Mezonos Rolls”.

The Saga Of The Dixie Belle Artificial Cheese Flavored Moon Cookie

You have just arrived at the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico after a long day of business negotiations. Famished, you are looking forward to the kosher meal that will be served on the plane, only to discover that your flight has been delayed for five hours. You search the snack area desperately for some […]