Consumer Kosher

OU KOSHER EXPERTS RESPOND TO PASSOVER QUESTIONS IN WEBINAR; PROGRAM IS ARCHIVED FOR FURTHER VIEWING AS HOLIDAY APPROACHES

March 19, 2015

OU Kosher presented its annual Pre-Passover Webinar, to enable its kashrut experts to educate the kosher consumer about the most complex Jewish holiday of the year.  For those who missed…

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An Eruv Tavshilin Primer

March 1, 2015

by Rabbi Moshe Zywica, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator This year’s Passover holiday is approaching and we will be given the opportunity to perform the rabbinic edict of Eruv Tavshilin. The eruv tavshilin ritual…

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OU KOSHER EXPERTS ANSWER TOP PURIM QUESTIONS FOR 2015

February 23, 2015

OU Kosher presents the most frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers. Questions may be submitted to kosherq@ou.org as well. The Purim questions were answered by Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic…

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HARRY H. BEREN ASK OU EXPANDS, ADDING PROGRAMS AND STAFF; RABBI ELI ELEFF JOINS RABBI YOSEF GROSSMAN IN ADMINISTERING KASHRUS EDUCATION INITIATIVE

January 1, 2015

            Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Kosher Senior Educational Rabbinic Coordinator In the beginning, going back to 1996, there were the Advanced Seminars on Kashrus, OU…

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The Halachot of Waiting Between Meals

December 24, 2014

A overview and discussion of the laws of waiting between meat and milk

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Is Olive Oil Permitted for Use for the Chanukah Menorah?

December 11, 2014

by Rabbi Akiva Tendler, RC Dressings, Emulsifier, Oil With Chanukah quickly approaching our thoughts turn to olive oil used for the Menorah. Many people are confused with the various types…

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AMI Magazine Interviews Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher

November 24, 2014

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…

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Meet the Woman Who Keeps Tootsie Rolls Kosher

November 13, 2014

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…

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Everything You Need To Know About Shemittah

October 9, 2014

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…

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Succos

October 7, 2014

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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