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 […]
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.
The food service establishments listed below have OU Kosher for Passover certification programs on a limited basis. For packaged items, Kosher for Passover status is reflected by the OU-P logo on the product label. For food service programs, Kosher for Passover status can be ascertained by referring to OU letters of certification. The letter will […]
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.
A refresher on tevillat keilim and a primer on its practical applications.
Contemporary production methods could invalidate the Passover status of the plainest cut of raw meat.
The process of preparing for Pesach is an arduous one.
Surprisingly little is actually known about the kosher meat and poultry industry – misconceptions abound.
One of the last jobs of cleaning the house for Pesach is to get all chametz out of the kitchen. Of course, the first things to be removed are those that are obviously chametz – bread, pasta, cookies, crackers, pretzels etc. Other foods can be identified by simply reading the ingredient panel, which shows that […]
In addition to the Torah’s restrictions on owning, eating and benefiting from chametz, an Ashkenazic minhag developed in the middle ages to not eat certain foods known collectively as “kitniyot”. The Mishnah Berurah (453:6 & 464:5) cites three reasons for the minhag (a) kitniyot is harvested and processed in the same manner as chametz, (b) it […]