Consumer Kosher

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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Mesorah Fish

December 17, 2008

On Sunday February 19th, the Orthodox Union presented a conference on awide variety of subjects pertaining to Mesorah of various “pareve” subjects. The following is a look at the topic I presented, “An Analysis of Kaskeses – Part and Present”.

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An Analysis of Kaskeses – Past and Present

December 17, 2008

To summarize, fish that have a kaskeses are kosher. The definition of kaskeses is unique to kashrus, and scientific classifications of scales are not halachikly determinative.

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A Guide for Mitzvah-Keepers with Housekeepers

December 17, 2008

[Note: So as not to slight anyone, the title “Hagaon” is being restricted to the Ziknei Eretz Yisroel and to Niftarim.] Mi-Hu Yehudi? Here’s an Erev Shabbos “mishap” you don’t…

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Kashrus and Allergens

December 17, 2008

Health matters require the guidance of qualified health professionals. The purpose of this article is to set forth general information pertaining to kashrus designations and how they might relate to…

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Checking Vegetables for Insects

December 17, 2008

Waiter: What would you like for an appetizer? Customer: Salad, please. The popularity of fruits, vegetables, and berries has increased in recent years due to positive scientific studies about potential…

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Retail Dairy Products: Whats, Hows and Whys

December 17, 2008

Previous installments in this series have investigated dairy foods from the perspective of the posek, mashgiach and kashrus administrator. We delved into halachic and highly-technical material, attempting to gain insight…

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Maras Ayin and Kosher

December 17, 2008

Walking down the supermarket aisle, we often find interesting things on the shelf. Years ago, the thought of pareve cream cheese, pareve chicken soup, vegetarian chicken nuggets, pareve ice cream, or meatless meatballs would have sounded like a frivolous joke. However, today these products and the like are in high demand and sold at kosher stores around the U.S. and abroad. The pareve market, for example, has become increasingly popular in recent years and food companies have actively pursued innovative ways to create pareve versions of products traditionally assumed to be milichig or fleishig. Nevertheless, a product might be perfectly 100% kosher and still be subject to scrutiny vis-à-vis the Shulchan Aruch. Let us briefly examine the issue of maris ayin, the way that it affects modern day kashrus supervision, and the food we bring into our homes.

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The Mashgichim in the Field

December 17, 2008

Keeping kosher has never been easy before as it is today. Not only can we walk down supermarket aisles and purchase whatever we need, there are even choices. Companies recognizing…

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