Consumer Kosher

Uncorking the Secrets of Kosher Wine

March 9, 2017

Wine plays a central role in Jewish religious life. In the days of the Temple, whenever one brought a korban, it had to be accompanied by wine. Furthermore, the Levi’im only sang shirah while wine was being poured on the mizbayach (Berachot 35a). Of course, every Shabbos we commemorate the creation of the world over…

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OU Kosher’s FAQ’s for Purim

February 28, 2017

Ta’anit Esther this year will be Thursday, March 9th. What time does the fast begin and when does it end? The fast begins when one goes to sleep at night, unless one plans to wake up early to eat before the fast begins. If one planned to wake up early, he can eat until alot…

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Kosher Gardens – Green House Grown High Quality Kosher Certified Vegetables

February 16, 2017

A great contemporary kosher challenge is ensuring that vegetables are clean of insect infestation. Insects are forbidden according to Torah law and there is a rabbinic requirement to check those vegetables that are commonly found to house insects. Although the FDA has thresholds for insects in produce, kosher requirements are far more rigorous. For example,…

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The Local Bakery

January 15, 2017

Let us take a close look at the trip these baked goods took from the time the flour was milled until it was brought into the Jewish home. Is it as simple process as one is wont to assume? While many of us bake at home, the neighborhood bakery is a very different type of operation. As we will see, the neighborhood bakery is significantly more complex and has its unique kashrus issues.

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Hi-tech Kitchen Appliances: Navigating their use on Shabbos: OU Certifies Plug-in Device by Zman Technologies…

January 8, 2017

Technology has changed drastically over the last 30 years and with that, its application in home appliances, such as refrigerators. What was once merely a question of indirectly activating a compressor on Shabbos, which many leading poskim permitted, is now considerably more complex. Activating the automatic defrost system, which is controlled by microprocessors and door sensors, can involve…

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A Guide For Mitzvah-Keepers With Housekeepers

January 1, 2017

Mi-Hu Yehudi? Here’s an Erev Shabbos “mishap” you don’t hear about very often… A rabbi, the scion of a rabbinic dynasty, sees that things are particularly busy in his home one Erev Shabbos and he asks his Hispanic non-Jewish housekeeper if she can perhaps stay into Shabbos. She agrees readily, but on one condition: they…

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Shedding Light on Chanukah: A Practical Guide

December 22, 2016
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OU Kosher Halacha Yomis: Chanukah

December 19, 2016

Whether to say havdalah or light chanukah candles first on Motzei Shabbos Baking and Cooking While the Chanukah lights are burning Chanukah Gelt What can be used as a menorah? Do guests light their own menorahs? Is there Any Obligation to Make a Seudah (Meal) in Honor of Chanukah? Which Comes First on Motzei Shabbos, Chanukah…

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Is this Olive Oil Permitted for Use for the Chanukah Menorah?

December 18, 2016

by Rabbi Akiva Tendler, RC Dressings, Emulsifier, Oil Overview: With Chanukah quickly approaching our thoughts turn to olive oil used for the Menorah. Many people are confused with the various types of olive oil and those which can be used to fulfill the Hiddur Mitzvah of lighting with שמן זית. In this article we will…

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Summary of OU Insect Checking Policies

November 3, 2016

Fruits, vegetables or berries that are expected to possibly contain insects must be checked prior to use. The minimum rate of infestation that requires checking is 10%. Magnification is not required when checking, although it may be used as an aid for training purposes or to help check faster. Insects that cannot be properly identified…

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