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OUKosher.org: World-Wide Window to OU KOSHER

Now that the Internet has made the expression “information at your fingertips” an ever-present reality, OU Kosher views it as an every-second opportunity. “As the world’s largest and most respected kosher certification agency, we can now educate the world at large about what kosher represents,” says Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President, […]

In an Absolut World, Most Iconic Vodka Receives the Kosher Seal of Approval by Orthodox Union

In An Absolut World, Most Iconic Vodka Receives The Kosher Seal Of Approval By Orthodox Union; OU Symbol Now On Absolut Labels

OU RFR Profile: Rabbi Moshe Bomzer

Rabbi Moshe E. Bomzer has served as spiritual leader of congregations in Hollywood, FL, Toronto, ON and Albany, NY over the past 33 years. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University after pursuing Talmudic studies at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Forest Hills, NY and Jerusalem, as well […]

OU Profile: Rabbi Zvi Goodman

Born in Hartford, CT, Rabbi Howard (Zvi) Goodman was educated at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, and is a graduate of Yeshiva University. After studying advanced Talmud and Judaic Law in Jerusalem, he received rabbinic ordination from Medrash Hatalmud Tifereth Avrohom Yeshiva in Jerusalem, as well as from a number of […]

OU KOSHER Provides Meals for a Captive Audience

ALBANY, NY – Getting out of prison wasn’t supposed to be this easy. On a sunny spring afternoon, Josh Wildman, mashgiach with the Vaad HaKashruth of the Capital District, locked the door of the room of the Department of Correctional Services Food Production Center facility in Rome, New York and ran the tail of an […]

Two New DVD’s on the Kashrut of Meat and Birds

Two new OU Kosher DVDs – Meat & Birds now available

Zachlawi Fig Arak: Personal Notes

HAVING BEEN NURTURED in the Ashkenazic (Eastern European) Jewish tradition, as both my parents were born in Romania, it was always a special treat for me as a little boy to accompany my late father, a much sought-after rabbinic speaker in the early days of Israel’s statehood, whenever he was invited to deliver lectures in Tel Aviv’s most prominent synagogues — including the Sephardic (Middle Eastern) synagogues.

Transitioning Traditional Kosher Brands to the Mainstream

Last year more than 3,200 new foods products were certified kosher, according to a report by the Mintel International Group, a consumer, media and market research firm. Today’s kosher consumer looks for and finds wasabi horseradish sauce, frozen wraps and whole grain noodles on supermarket shelves.

OU Kosher Supervisor in Louisville Plays Matchmaker

Rabbi Yosef Levy’s official job is as a Rabbinic Field Representative (RFR) in Kentucky and Indiana for the Orthodox Union, in which he certifies food plants as kosher, but in his spare time he uses that position for another, altruistic pursuit: playing matchmaker between the OU-certified companies he supervises and Louisville’s Jewish Family and Vocational Service’s (JFVS) Food Pantry.

New Concern for Kosher Pizza Eaters Prompts OU KOSHER

Kosher pizza, anyone? Those who keep the laws of kemach yashan must check whether their favorite pizza stores certify that the wheat used to bake the pizza is kemach yashan, the Torah law that states that only grains (barley, oats, rye, spelt and wheat) that took root prior to Passover may be consumed in the current year. Jewish law mandates its observance in Israel, while allowing for leniencies outside of Israel. Nonetheless, there are people who observe this law even outside of Israel, and they are facing problems.