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Keeping Veggies Free of Bugs: and Yes, Do This at Home!

For I am Hashem your God – you are to sanctify yourselves and you shall be holy, for I am holy; and you shall not contaminate yourselves through any teeming thing that creeps on the earth. (Leviticus 11:44)

OU Branches out with New Kosher Cooking Show Initiative: Simply Kosher!

Negotiations in progress to make programming available to worldwide television audiences.

OU Celebrates Publication of Rav Soloveitchik’s Teachings

The Orthodox Union and its Mesorah Commission, devoted as they are to the life and teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik z”l, the Rav, last week celebrated the publication of the latest two volumes in its Shiurei HaRav series with a well-attended reception at OU headquarters in New York.

OU Announces Coast-to-Coast Winners of Kosher Essay Contest For Kids

The Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division today announced the winners of the First Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 4-12. The winners are Chevie Pahmer and Hadassah Goldman of Clifton, New Jersey; Sarah Sanfield and Abby Sanfield of Torrance, California in Los Angeles County; Chaya Meth of Baltimore, Maryland; and Zachary Weiner of New York City. The winners will have their essays published online at and will receive a $50 gift certificate to, a Judaica website.

Nikkur: OU Kosher Instructs a New Generation of Mashgichim

A rabbi from OU Kosher hits the road to instruct a new generation of mashgichim on the complicated art of de-veining meat.

OU/RCA Seminar Provides Know-How on Va’ad HaKashrut Issues

So a new kosher bagel store has opened for business in a community and there are rumors that the proprietor wasn’t so careful in his previous location about all the requirements of maintaining a kosher establishment. Or the catered Shabbat Kiddush, delicious though it may be, presents some difficulties regarding the standards of kashrut and the observance of the Sabbath. What’s a local Va’ad HaKashrut (certifying agency) to do?

Clarification on OU Certification of NY Le Marais

A response to recent allegations about kashruth violations at Le Marais Restaurant in New York City.

Back for a Second Year: OU’S – Expert Answers for Passover Queries

To answer questions that frequently arise during the Passover season, when the dietary laws are different and even more stringent from the ones that govern the rest of the year, the Orthodox Union Kosher Department for the second year has made available

Announcing Beren ASK OU Kosher Education Channel on

For the past year, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division has presented in-depth kashrut education programs, made possible in great part by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ. Due to the great success and popularity of these programs, foundation funding was recently renewed for the second year at a higher level than for the first grant.

Harry H. Beren Foundation Grant Provides Valuable Support to Orthodox Union’s Growing List of Kosher

The Orthodox Union’s ever-expanding list of programs of kosher education are beneficiaries of a grant from the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ., in memory of Mr. Harry H. Beren z”l.