Consumer Kosher

The Catered Affair on Shabbos

September 7, 2005

Taking Responsibility It goes without saying, but unfortunately needs repeating, that in preparing a catered kiddush, not only must someone be responsible to oversee the kashrus of the food, but someone must insure that the halachos of Shabbos are adhered to. Who will accept this responsibility? The baalei simcha are preoccupied with other things. The…

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Warming food on Shabbos

September 7, 2005

In warming food on Shabbos, there are three issues to consider – the first is potentially d’oraisah and the latter two are d’rabannan – bishul, hatmanah and chazarah. Bishul/cooking includes, but is not limited to, finishing off the cooking/baking of a food (e.g. baking/warming a challah in a manner that removes the last vestiges of…

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Kosher Oils

September 7, 2005

Many years ago, it was a common, though unsound practice of many frum people to check the kosher status of food items they wanted to eat by reading the ingredient listing printed on the label. This was not a good idea for two primary reasons: Although ingredients are generally required to be identified, there are…

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Across the Divide – Building Bridges

August 19, 2005

Several decades ago I spent some time in Rome, Italy. Faced with the depletion of the stocks of food that I had brought with me, I set out to explore the availability of kosher food in the Italian capital. I was advised that there was a store that specialized in kosher food. It took all…

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The Key to Ingredient Approval in Today’s World

August 11, 2005

When Bob, the purchasing agent at kosher certified Joe’s Fine Baked Goods of Palo Alto, California, is evaluating a potential supplier of margarine, he uses some of the same criteria that anyone involved in a purchase would consider: he wants the product to be of appropriate quality, and it should be appropriately priced. But before…

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Chocolate Covered in Halacha & Kashrus

August 5, 2005

Perhaps one of the most exciting food treats for children and adults alike is chocolate. Incredibly popular, chocolate has been consumed for generations as a tasty snack or an important component of a delicious dessert. To the delight of many, medical researchers have begun extolling possible health benefits of moderate chocolate consumption. Known to contain…

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The Case of the Baffling Bialy

August 1, 2005

The question had haunted him for years. If there was one sore point in an otherwise legendary career, it was Mac’s inability to find a problem with the OU. GAZING AT HIS REFLECTION in the gritty office window, Milton “Mac” Donald, Kosher Private I, was impressed at the new dimension seven days without shaving gave…

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The Consumer’s Role in Kashrus – Is Your Light On or Off?

July 27, 2005

It was a hot summer night when Chaim entered his local ice cream store, Great Taste Ice Cream Parlor, with the intention of purchasing his favorite treat, a medium-sized cup of Rocky Road ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. Chaim had frequented this nationally kosher certified franchise both locally and out-of-town based on a list that…

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The Kashrus of Pickled Herring

July 27, 2005

Have you ever noticed that when herring is served at a kiddush or during shalosh seudos, not only does the herring not have fins or scales, it often doesn’t even have its telltale skin? What identifies the herring as kosher fish? The answer is, of course, that originally there was a skin on the herring,…

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Kosher Trucking

July 7, 2005

A survey of the Kosher implications of the trucking industry.

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