Passover Articles

On These Days & Nights Even the Brachos May Be Different

ON PESACH WE ARE COMPELLED TO SIGNIFICANTLY MODIFY OUR DIETS. Although at times the foods we eat on Pesach will look similar to those we eat the rest of the year (and sometimes even share a similar name), the ingredients can be vastly different. We trade in our bread for matzah and we replace flour […]

Introducing GE Shabbos Keeper

FOR OVENS OU Kosher and its technology division are delighted to announce the GE Shabbos Keeper (powered by Zman Technologies) for ovens, available March 1, 2020. This device revolutionizes our ability to utilize GE ovens for Shabbat and yom tov in new ways and with an ease never before possible—all halachically sanctioned without any compromise. “Sabbath Mode,” […]

Extra Hours for Passover 2020

We are offering the following extended hours for our hotline before Pesach 5780/2020: Late evenings Wed April 1, Thu April 2, Mon April 6, Tue April 7: 5pm to 6pm: Sunday April 5: 10am to 12pm Erev Pesach April 8: 10am to 1pm Call us at: 212 613 8241

Gluten Free Matzot

Regretfully, because one can only perform the mitzvah of eating matzot at the Seder with a matzah that is made from one of the five varieties of grain (barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt), eating matzot using any of the other flours that are gluten free would still not enable one to fulfill the mitzvah. […]

Why Do Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea Need Passover Certification?

Regular, unflavored coffee or black tea are considered kosher for Passover without a special certification, but the same is not true for decaffeinated teas and coffees. Rabbi Elefant explains the decaffeination process and what makes it problematic for Passover.

What Foods Don’t Require Certification?

While it’s recommended you use food on Passover that has a specific kosher for Passover certification, what, if any, foods don’t need it?

Do Non-Edible Items Require Kosher Certification?

Do paper plates and napkin need a special Passover certification? How about tin foil or plastic wrap? Rabbi Elefant explore non-edibles and whether they need a special Pesach heksher.

4 Questions on Kashering

Wondering about the ins and outs of kashering your kitchen for Pesach? The OU’s Rabbi Dov Schreier and his son Eliyahu discuss a different 4 questions for Passover!

OU KOSHER’S Rabbi Moshe Elefant Joins Talkline With Zev Brenner Live Each Night Leading Up To Passover

Rabbi Moshe Elefant may be most closely identified as Chief Operating Officer of OU Kosher and the magid shiur of the Orthodox Union’s AllDaf Daf Yomi webcast (whose thousands of daily learners make his lectures the most popular Daf in the world).  For listeners of the popular Talkline With Zev Brenner radio program, America’s premier Jewish show, Rabbi Elefant’s name has additionally […]

Rabbi Chaim Goldzweig, zt’l: Master Mashgiach, Master Mentsch

Over the past fifty years, OU Kosher and the world of kashrut have undergone a veritable explosion in size and scope — both quantitatively and qualitatively. That kashrut was assisted during that period by the universally beloved Rabbi Chaim Goldzweig zt”l is in no way coincidental. Rabbi Goldzweig served the OU as a senior rabbinic […]