Passover Articles

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 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 […]

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 […]

Sizing up the Seder

View measurements for Matzah, Maror and Wine.

What’s New for Passover 2018

OU-P 2018 The OU continues to give certification to Passover Quinoa. Quinoa will be available with an OUP from Goldbaum, Pereg, and La Bonne. Pereg will also be selling quinoa flour. The OU will also continue certifying OU Kitniyot retail items as it did last year. Flaum’s will be selling Sonny & Joe’s OU Kitniyot […]

How Does The OU Respond to Customer Inquiries?

The OU provides numerous platforms and channels for the kosher consumer to ascertain the status of OU Kosher certified products, p’sak and policies.

The Seder

The Seder and the age-old rituals of Passover seem to have the ability to capture our imagination as no other events in the Jewish calendar.

The World of OU Kosher – A Discussion with Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO, OU Kosher

What are the responsibilities of administering the world’s largest kosher certification agency?