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!
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 […]
Inedibles on Pesach
Unlike other year-round forbidden foods, chametz (leavened grain and its by-products) has unique restrictions on Pesach: not only are we forbidden from consuming it, (issur achila), we are also prohibited from deriving any benefit from it (issur hanaah). Each year the OU publishes a list of non-food items that are acceptable to use on Pesach […]
Pesach Food Round Up
Common Passover Queries: Almond Meal It is preferable to purchase almond meal with Pesach certification. If this is not possible, certain brands are approved when bearing a regular OU symbol. Please consult the OU Guide to Consumer Products (page 63) or check the OU Passover product search for a complete list. Coconut Oil All virgin […]
On A Mission To Educate
OU Kosher Shares its Riches Now the world’s leading kashrut agency is the leading kashrut college… and even Prompted a summer camp! For over two decades and running, OU Kosher’s ASK OU kashrut educational projects have reached tens of thousands of rabbanim, mashgichim and kosher consumers, and continue to raise kashrut standards in restaurants, factories […]