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.
“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 postings on OU Torah, 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?”