Consumer Kosher

Kosher Brings Out the Best at Winter Fancy Food Show 2016

March 3, 2016

For the past 25 years I’ve been coming to San Francisco every year to attend the Winter Fancy Food show. I admit, getting out of the New York winter every January is certainly a bonus, but attending this growing event is much more than a foodie’s dream, it’s a reunion of the important players in…

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An Eruv Tavshilin Primer

March 1, 2016

by Rabbi Moshe Zywica, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator This year, the second days of the Pesach holiday afford us the opportunity to perform the rabbinic procedure of eruv tavshilin on Thursday, April 28, before the start of yom tov. What is Eruv Tavshilin? When the second day of a holiday falls on Shabbat, as it does this year,…

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A Giant in Our Midst: The Legacy of Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l at the OU

February 11, 2016

Last week, the OU suffered an enormous loss with the passing of Moreinu Virabeinu, Harav Hagaon, Rav Chaim Yisroel  Belsky zt”l, who provided halachic and spiritual guidance to the OU Kashrus Department for more than 28 years. The OU was not the only organization to experience an enormous loss. Rabbi Belsky had an amazing array of talents and…

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Rabbi Belsky Remembered

February 2, 2016

I was not a talmid of Rabbi Belsky in Yeshiva Torah Vodaath or in Camp Agudah as I did not attend either. My association with Rabbi Belsky was in the OU where I had the great zechus of interacting with him on kashruth matters, so my recollections of him are mostly anecdotal. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky…

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What Could Be Wrong With… Fish?

January 24, 2016

One of the most serious misimpressions that persists in the minds of kosher consumers is the belief that one can eat inherently kosher foods prepared in non-kosher restaurants. Professionals are often under great pressure to go out with clients or colleagues to lunch and dinner. When kosher restaurants are not available, people rationalize that they…

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OU Medical Marijuana Statement

January 7, 2016

Recently, the OU granted certification to pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana extract products manufactured by Vireo Health of New York. There has been much confusion and misinformation about these products, and the OU has received numerous communications expressing surprise about the OU decision to grant certification to marijuana products. Two main concerns have been expressed:  a) OU endorsement…

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What Could Be Wrong With the “K?”

December 17, 2015

A number of years ago, an OU-certified company requested authorization to use “Charlie’s Bread Crumbs” in their product. Since a “K” was prominently displayed on the bread crumb label, I called the Charlie company to inquire which rabbi provided their kosher supervision. Mr. Johnson politely advised me that they were under the strict supervision of…

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Pass the Latkes!

December 14, 2015

My mother a”h used to fry everything. Potatoes, meatballs, chicken, veal—you name it! If it could be batter dipped, even better! Even today, when I smell fried foods my mouth begins to water. As an adult who is somewhat health conscious, I generally do not eat fried foods. Don’t get me wrong: fried foods are…

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OU KOSHER Returns To Brooklyn With Program At Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin Featuring Rabbis Genack, Elefant and Fuchs: Bedikas Toyloim Guide to be Distributed

December 12, 2015

Orthodox Union kashrus experts will return to Brooklyn on Sunday evening January 3, 2016 to provide an expected large crowd of men and women with a high-level shiur on various aspects of kashrus.  The program, one in a continuing series of Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH sessions, will be held at 8:00 p.m. at…

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

November 29, 2015

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 of olive oil and those which can be used to fulfill the Hiddur Mitzvah of lighting with שמן זית. In this article we will attempt…

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