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Remembering Rabbi Belsky, zt”l

In talking about the Ri Migash (11th – 12th-century Spanish commentator), Maimonides says that “his intellect was frightening throughout the Talmud.” In the same way, all who knew Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky were struck by his exceptional brilliance and his commanding knowledge of the body of Jewish law. This brilliance, however, went beyond the scope of Torah learning.

Navigating Kitchen Appliance Technology

Kitchen appliances have come a long way in recent years. Discover what Shabbat observers need to know about some of the challenges technology presents.

Matzah 101

It merely consists of flour and water but it’s a far more complex kosher product than you might imagine – enter the world of unleavened bread.

The Modern Kitchen

Is it kashering info for Passover you seek? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know for microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and more.

OU-P 2016

Find out what’s new for 2016!

Why do Certain Products Require Special OU-P Certification?

EVERYONE KNOWS that the main category of food prohibited to eat on Passover is chametz. Chametz is defined in halacha as a product of one of five grains that has fermented through contact with water. The five grains are wheat, barley, spelt, oats and rye. This prohibition includes all products made with flour derived from these […]

OU Kosher: An Overview of the World’s Most Trusted Kashrut Organization

When you see the OU on a product, it is a testimony to the vitality of the Jewish people,” Rabbi Menachem Genack is fond of quoting his rebbe, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l, as saying. Rabbi Genack is chief executive of the OU Kosher division of the Orthodox Union. A shopping trip to any American […]

Halacha Round Up

BEDIKAT & BIUR CHAMETZ On the night before Pesach, every Jew is required to conduct a thorough search and destroy all chametz remaining in his/her possession. It is customary to begin this search with a candle and to transition to a flashlight in order to illuminate small areas. Particular attention should be given to those […]

Wishing you a Kosher, Healthful and Happy Holiday

In an era with more kosher for Passover foods than you could shake a potato stick at, we’re often left with sluggish digestive systems, expanding waistlines and deflated willpower. There’s got to be another way! There is. Make this Pesach different from all of the others. Two seasoned nutritionists weigh in on how you don’t […]

Shemittah in the Diaspora

THIS PAST ROSH HASHANA (5775) the land of Israel began celebrating its sabbatical year, the year of shemittah. Upon the original settling of the land of Israel by the Jewish people, a seven year cycle was established. Each seventh year, there is a biblical mitzvah to 1) treat produce of the land with extraordinary care […]