Consumer Kosher

Yoshon

October 8, 2015

The source for the laws pertaining to Yoshon are found in Vayikra (23:9-14). These laws are applicable to the Chamishas HaMinim of barley, oats, rye, spelt and wheat.

These grains are Yoshon if they took root prior to Pesach. If the grains did not take root prior to Pesach then they are chadash until the subsequent Pesach. There is a halachic dispute if the hashrashah (grain taking root) must be 3 days or two weeks prior to Pesach. The laws of chadash do not apply to other grains such as rice, corn and buckwheat.

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Milchigs and Fleishigs in the Oven

October 8, 2015
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What could be wrong with… ? – Part I

October 7, 2015

When I was a child, shopping for a kosher candy bar was a simple matter. In those days, a candy bar was only a nickel. We would carefully review the ingredients printed on the back label. If there was no gelatin in the candy, we wisely concluded that the product was unquestionably kosher. No matter…

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ETROGIM FOR SUKKOT 5776 & SUKKOT Q&A

September 24, 2015

I hear that Etrogim from this year have to be treated differently .. what exactly and why? Israeli etrogim for the coming Sukkot holiday will invariably all have shemittah sanctity. They must therefore be treated with special care until they have completely become dried out; 1) they may not be discarded or otherwise desecrated, 2) they must be declared hefker…

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Hilchos Uminhagei Yom Kippur

September 17, 2015

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Kippur. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Rama, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebbeim. As…

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Pruzbul Form

September 1, 2015

In the presence of the undersigned three judges (dayanim), duly constituting a Bet Din, there appeared before us                                                                       who declared before us as follows:   “I hereby turn over to you judges [insert names]                                                         ,                                                          and                                                      , in this place [insert place name]                                                         all of the debts owed to me, whether or not…

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Pruzbol – Ask the Rabbi

September 1, 2015

I have a friend who owes me 1,000 dollars.  He told me that once Rosh Hashanah comes, he will not have to pay me back.  Is that true? To answer we have to start from the beginning.  The Torah says in Devarim (Chapter 15, verses 1-2) “at the end of seven years…every creditor should release…

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OU Kosher Presents FAQ’s on Cheese in honor of Shavuos…

May 18, 2015

How is cheese made kosher? As with any food, all of the ingredients in the cheese as well as the equipment used during the manufacturing process must be kosher. However, a special prohibition makes kosher certification of cheese a bit more challenging: the ban on gevinat Akum, which means that cheese not made under special rabbinical…

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The Halachot of Waiting Between Meals

May 18, 2015

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

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Say Cheese!

May 14, 2015

An overview of the procedure for making Kosher cheese and answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Kosher cheese.

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