Almost everyone knows the four questions that are read in the haggadah during the Passover seders, but for two OU Kosher poskim (halachic authorities) – Rabbi Yisroel Belsky and Rabbi Hershel Schachter – multiple other questions are asked of them every year during the Orthodox Union’s Pre-Passover webcast, which this year will take place on Tuesday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m., EDT.
Those who wish to view the webcast should log on 15 minutes prior to that time. The link for the webcast is http://www.ou.org/ouradio/kosher_webcast.
“The webcast, coming a bit more than two weeks before the holiday, will provide ample time for men and women to ask the questions they need to prepare for the holiday and to observe its eight days properly,” declared Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, Senior Rabbinic Coordinator and Vice President of Communications and Marketing at OU Kosher. “As with all other kashrut webcasts, it will be archived so that it can be referred to again and again.”
This year, the OU poskim will focus on questions and answers relating to selling chametz, buying chametz after Pesach, and the proper observance of the seder and interpretation of the haggadah.
Rabbi Safran points out that the Rabbis Belsky and Schachter webcasts are part of OU Kosher’s continuing and ever-growing educational outreach to the community, which includes:
• “OU Kosher Coming to Schools and Communities” program;
• The highly informative and entertaining Kosher Tidbits The link for Kosher Tidbits is (http://www.oukosher.org/index.php/learn/koshertidbits) postings on OU Radio, which most recently include “Getting Schooled about Kosher Fish, with Rabbi Chaim Goldberg”; “The Turkey: Kashrut with All the Stuffings, with Rabbi Chaim Loike”; “Radishes and Onions: Proceed with Caution, with Rabbi Hershel Schachter; and
• the OU Kosher educational DVDs. The next OU Kosher DVD, to be released after Passover, will be “What’s Wrong With this Chicken?”
Prior to the program, email your questions to Rabbi Safran at . During the webcast, email them to Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell at .
Rabbi Safran, Rabbi Eli Gersten, who records the responses, Rabbi Belsky, and Rabbi Schachter during the most recent OU Kosher webcast.