Pasteur, Detente, Kosher Wine

WHEN MAKING KOSHER WINE PURCHASES in preparation for Pesach everyone makes certain to look for the OUP or OU Kosher for Passover designations on the label. Most kosher wine is kosher for Passover as well, but there are some rare exceptions, so it’s important to check each label carefully. There is another designation that can…

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Pesach Dieters, Take Note: You Can Have Your Potato—and Eat It, Too!

Q: Potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes … with all these carbs, it’s no wonder I gain a pound for every day of Pesach—and the week before, too! How can I avoid overdoing the carbs? A: As a long-time potato lover, I feel the need to defend one of my favorite tubers. Potatoes get a bad…

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Pesach Recipe Substitutes

At some point during Pesach preparations we’ve all tried to convert a main stream recipe into a Pesach one only to discover that we don’t have a clue as to what to substitute for a chometz ingredient. This panic moment is why I started compiling my COMPLETE LIST OF PESACH SUBSTITUTES. I’ve added some great…

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Prepared Baby Food

1. Gerber Baby Food: Carrots and Squash are acceptable for Passover l’chatchila (even for adults) when bearing the OU. 2. Gerber Baby Food: Green Beans and Peas are Kitniyot when bearing the OU. 3. First Choice Baby Food: Apple Sauce, Carrots, Pears and Sweet Potatoes are approved when bearing an OU-P or OU Kosher for Passover symbol.

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Preparing for Passover

What Special Preparations Must be Made in the Jewish Home for Passover? The home must be thoroughly cleaned of all Chametz before Passover. Any Chametz not removed from a Jew’s premises before Passover should be sold. Jewish law forbids the use of any Chametz which remains in a Jew’s possession during Passover, even after the…

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Quinoa for Passover!

The status of quinoa, the grain-like crop, was the most-asked question for the last few years on the OU’s various kashrut forums across the web and in person. Following an intensive, multi-year investigation and an internal debate into quinoa’s status, the Orthodox Union has decided that it can certify quinoa for Passover. In addition, OU…

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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.

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In Remembrance of Our Loved Ones

It is customary on Passover, as well as on the other Shalosh Rigalim (Sukkot and Shavuot) and Yom Kippur when Yizkor (the memorial service) is recited, to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have passed away.  This practice was referenced as far back as the Talmudic times when it was recorded in…

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Selling Leaven

Selling leaven of Jewish owned companies for Passover accomplishes two functions. Firstly, it prevents the owners of the leaven from violating the Bibilical prohibition of owning leaven as it states in Exodus (12:19), “For seven days leaven shall not be found in your houses”. Secondly, it saves the leaven from becoming forbidden after the Passover…

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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…

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