Announcing Beren ASK OU Kosher Education Channel on

For the past year, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division has presented in-depth kashrut education programs, made possible in great part by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood, NJ. Due to the great success and popularity of these programs, foundation funding was recently renewed for the second year at a higher level than for the first grant.

The Beren programs include the highly acclaimed ASK seminars on a wide variety of kosher issues. Now, to bring the much sought after wisdom of the ASK programs to a world-wide audience, OU Kosher has established a Beren ASK channel on OU Torah.

The most recent programs are a fascinating three-part PowerPoint presentation on fish, including Understanding the Swordfish Controversy; Is the South African Kingklip Kosher?; and What Was the Shibuta Fish Rovo Prepared for Shabbat? given by Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky of Jerusalem. These sessions were recorded at the ASK Pareve Mesorah Conference held last winter at Lander College in Kew Gardens Hills, NY, which drew hundreds of people.

“These conferences are unique in that they are presented for the highest level of the rabbinate, but yet are at the same time greatly enjoyed by kosher consumers. The ASK OU channel enables rabbis and kosher consumers throughout the world to access these conferences and to learn from them as well,” declared Rabbi Yosef Grossman, Director of ASK and Kashrut Education.

“Our latest edition on fish is being made available on PowerPoint Juke Box which allows viewers to participate fully in the experience both by audio and visually. The viewer will feel as if he’s actually attending the conference,” Rabbi Grossman added. The Juke Box features live footage from the Pareve Mesorah Conference to accompany a PowerPoint presentation.

Plans are underway to add to the ASK Channel the many shiurim (Talmudic discourses) and lectures of past ASK Mesorah Conferences and ASK Kashrut Training Sessions. Some of these include:

In addition to the new seminars on fish, the channel already includes:

For more information contact Rabbi Grossman at 212-613-8212.

OU Kosher Staff