OU Kosher Staff

Can A Sous Vide Machine Be Kashered?

Can you make a sous vide machine kosher if it’s been used for non-kosher? Rabbi Elefant explains the OU’s opinion on this, and how it should be done.

Can I Open An Umbrella On Shabbat?

Can you open an umbrella on Shabbat? And can you use an umbrella that was already opened before Shabbat? Rabbi Elefant explains the halacha.

How Does the OU Certify Flour as Yoshon Throughout the Winter?

Shailah of the Week by Rabbi Zvi Nussbaum Rabbinic Coordinator, Kosher Hotline Administrator for the Orthodox Union Some flour mills process exclusively winter wheat. These mills are relatively easy to certify. All that is necessary is to ensure that the enrichments and barley malt added to the flour are yoshon all year round.   Continued on Kosher.com

Warm Chocolate Pear Cakes

This warm chocolate cake is perfect for magical autumn days. Serve it straight from the oven for the tastiest results. These dried pears are super simple and make such a gorgeous topping for the cakes. Try them out and let us know what you think!

Can I Take Down My Sukkah on Sukkot?

If you’re not going to be home for all of Sukkot, is it ok to take down your Sukkah mid-way through the holiday? Find out with Rabbi Elefant!

Can I Change The Water In My Flowers On Yom Tov?

Our homes on Yom Tov are often decorated with beautiful floral arrangments that we want to last as long as possible. So can we change out the water during yom tov? Rabbi Elefant delves into this question.

What Type Of Food Preparation Can I Do for My Kids On Yom Kippur?

Just because we’re not eating on Yom Kippur, it doesn’t mean we don’t have to make sure the kids have meals to eat. So what kind of food preparation can you do for the kids on Yom Kippur?

Can I Swallow an Advil on Yom Kippur?

In terms of taking medicines on Yom Kippur, what is permitted and what is not permitted? Rabbi Elefant explores this issue.

Pas Yisroel List – 5780

The Tur (Orach Chaim, Siman 603), based upon the Talmud Yerushalmi, cites the custom for Jews to be stringent during the Aseres Yimei Teshuva to eat exclusively ‘Pas Yisroel’ bread. Even those Jews who generally do not exclusively eat ‘Pas Yisroel’ are encouraged to accept this practice during the period between Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom […]

Can You Eat Cheerios Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

If your custom is to only eat pas yisroel between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, does that apply to cereal like Cheerios? Rabbi Elefant discusses and explains this unique case.