OU Presents: “How to Check for Insects”

OU Kosher has released “HOW TO Check for Insects,” the fifth DVD recorded at a series of kashrut seminars presented during the past few years at OU headquarters and in Lakewood, the great New Jersey Ir Ha’Torah, city of Torah, home to the world famous Beth Medrash Govoha and a variety of other yeshivos and kollelim.

The seminar on hands-on Food Service Bedikas Toyloim, Checking for Insects, was given as part of the Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH program, the OU’s forays into the yeshivish and chassidic communities in addition to servicing semicha programs. Audiences of between 300 and 1000 people attended these presentations. ASK OUTREACH is funded by the Harry H. Beren Foundation of Lakewood.

The session on insect checking was conducted by the acclaimed Bedikas Toyloim expert Rabbi Yosef Eisen, the Rabbinic Administrator of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns & Rockaway and an OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator from 1990-1999.

“I am extremely pleased,” commented Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kashruth Education, “that Rabbi Eisen has agreed on an ongoing basis to be part of the OU’s ASK OUTREACH Educational program and subsequent “HOW TO” DVD series. Although Rabbi Eisen is no longer part of the OU, we continue to benefit at the OU from the high standards he helped create in Foodservice Kashruth and in his dedicated ongoing efforts to educate the Kosher consumer. The present DVD on “HOW TO Check for Insects” benefits those who missed Rabbi Eisen’s fascinating shiur on the subject in Lakewood as well as those who were there and want to review it.”

Earlier, this year, the following DVDs were issued:

  • HOW TO Be an Excellent Mashgiach, with Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Executive Rabbinic Coordinator;
  • HOW TO Check for Treifos, with OU Posek Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath;
  • HOW TO Be Menaker (elimination of veins and fats) with various OU experts; and
  • HOW TO Set up a Vaad HaKashruth with Rabbi Yaakov Luban and Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld and other kashrut experts

Another DVD in the “HOW TO” series soon to be released is “HOW TO Kasher” with OU Kashering expert Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter. This DVD will include Rabbi Perlmutter at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC as well as kashering demonstration for the Satmar Yoreh Deah Kollel in Monroe, NY.

OU Kosher had previously produced a 54-hour DVD with 91 ASKOU presentations; more than 2,500 copies have now been distributed.

Like the 54-hour DVD, the new DVD’s will be distributed free of charge at OU Kosher events. For those who wish to have the DVDs sent to them, the charge for each will be $5. The 54-hour DVD is priced at $10. Contact Rabbi Grossman at 212-613-8212.

OU Kosher Staff