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Observing the Passover Holiday 2017

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.

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How does one Certify… Cheese, Flavors, Lettuce

Cheese is the most kosher-sensitive dairy product—and Passover is no exception.

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How Does The OU Certify a Pesach Hotel: A Checklist

Turning over our homes and personal kitchens for Pesach is an arduous task. Effectively achieving this in a foodservice setting is all the more so…

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How Does OU Communicate Kosher to its Clients

Ever since that red-letter day in 1923, when the first OU symbol appeared on that historic can of Heinz beans, the Rabbis of OU Kosher have faced a formidable task: explaining kosher to kosher-certified companies.

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OU-Kitniyot & OU-Matza Ashira Products 2015

Items listed in this section are specially supervised products and approved for use when bearing an OU Kitniyot or an OU Matza Ashira (matzo products baked with eggs, juice or honey instead of water) – products are recommended for those of Sephardic descent, but not for those of Ashkenazic heritage with the exception of small children and…

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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…

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OU-P 2016

Find out what’s new for 2016!

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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…

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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.

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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:

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