Jaffa Citrus Fruits Sold in North America

Now OU Kosher certified! The land of Israel and its produce have always held a special place in Jewish hearts and minds. Israel is on the cutting-edge of agriculture technology, and its fruits and vegetables are renowned for their quality and flavor. Our sages teach us that Moshe Rabbeinu greatly desired to enter the land […]

Tribute to the Rav

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, outstanding Rabbinic leader of the last century, served as an inspiring teacher for generations of students, as well as a venerated mentor for generations of leaders in the Jewish world. Reverently known as the “Rav”, with dazzling brilliance and profound wisdom, he revealed new layers of clarity and understanding in every […]

The Spirit of the Holiday

Liquor & Liqueur for Pesach When enjoyed responsibly, liquor and liqueur products can enhance the Yom Tov “spirit.” However, during Pesach, these products always require special Pesach certification. Liquor is defined as an unsweetened distilled alcoholic beverage. Liqueur is the aforementioned distilled beverage, with added sweeteners and other flavoring agents. The common denominator between liquor […]

The Modern Kitchen

Rolled lips, seams or cracks, which cannot be cleaned, will require torching of those areas. Utensils should be immersed one at a time into a pot of boiling water that is on the fire. Water should be allowed to return to a boil before the next item is placed in to the pot. The pot can be non-Passover, provided it is clean, has not been used for 24 hours, and water is first boiled in the pot and discarded. Larger items can be submerged in the water one part at a time.

The GE Shabbos Keeper – OU Kosher Certified Not Your Grandmother’s Refrigerator!

Refrigerators of decades past utilized only three primary electric functions that made them muktza: 1) opening the door activated a switch that turned on the fridge light, 2) a mechanical thermostat activated the compressor that regulated temperatures and 3) a timer triggered the heating element that defrosted the freezer. According to many poskim, merely deactivating […]

The Kashering Primer – Passover

All about Pesach kashering, a process to prepare chametz vessels for Pesach use.

Chametz: When to Peddle & When to Purge?

A common method for relinquishing ownership of chametz is to sell it, typically through an agent, to a gentile. The chametz remains in the house, in a closed-off area that has been rented to its new owner.

Q & A with the Rabbi

OU Kosher Pesach Halachot Q: What is Birchat Ha’Ilanot? Birchat Ha’Ilanot is a special bracha that is to be recited by both men and women upon seeing blossoming fruit bearing trees each year. The bracha should be recited during the Jewish month of Nisan, however if you are delayed, you may still recite the blessing […]

Observing the Passover Holiday 2018

How many cups of wine do we drink at the Seder? And just what exactly goes on the Seder plate? Explore this guide to Passover basics.

Passover Recipe Substitution Chart

I learned to cook from three wonderful women; each had a different approach to the kitchen and the delicacies they created: