Consumer Kosher

Fish and Meat

September 11, 2009

The Gemara Pesachim (76b) teaches that one may not cook fish and meat together since this combination is considered a sakana. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 116:2-3) adds that one may not even eat meat after fish or fish after meat unless one eats and drinks in between1. Rama adds that one should not cook open meat and fish in the same oven because of raicha (aroma), though bidieved we say that raicha lav milsa. Magen Avrohom (O.C. 173:1) questions whether this sakana still exists today, however the minhag is still to be machmir.

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Go South Young Mashgiach: An OU RFR Travels the Highways and Byways of the Old Confederacy…

July 29, 2009

A tour of South-Eastern United States with an OU Rabbinic Field Representative meeting products and people that leave a lasting impression.

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The Fascinating Story of Kosher Gelatin, or How a Product from Beef Can Be Used in Dairy Delicacies

July 16, 2009

An explanation of how pareve gelatin can be manufactured from beef and therefore be used in dairy products.

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Is Sake Kosher?

July 8, 2009

A discussion of the rules of Kosher sake.

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The Perfect Pet of the Pentateuch: Pigeon

July 2, 2009

A discussion of the pigeon and its status in Judaism.

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Colombia – Land of (Kosher) Opportunity

June 24, 2009

A survey of the opportunities for Kosher in the country of Colombia.

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The Tasty Muffin: Starting off Your Day the OU Way

June 11, 2009

A discussion of the Kosher certification of muffins.

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Canned Salmon FAQ’s

January 27, 2009

A series of questions and answers about the Kosher status of canned salmon.

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Major ask OUtreach-Lakewood Success Launches OU Kosher ‘HOW TO’ DVD Series

January 26, 2009

Back in the year 2000, OU Kosher presented a series of kashrut seminars in Lakewood, the great New Jersey center of Torah – known in fact as Ir Ha’Torah, the…

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Rav Moshe Zt’l’s Heter of Cholov Stam Revisited

December 22, 2008

Halacha states that milk which is produced without hashgacha (r’iyah of a Yisroel) is non-kosher; such milk is termed “cholov akum”. This rule is a gezeirah, lest milk from non-kosher animals be mixed into what otherwise could be assumed to be kosher milk. Milk is only permissible when a Yisroel watches the milking, verifying that milk from non-kosher animal species is not incorporated. (Yoreh Deah 115:1, from Maseches Avodah Zarah daf 35b)

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