About ASK OU

As the leader in worldwide kosher certification, the Orthodox Union takes additional steps to serve as a leader in educating the public in matters of kosher law. Over the past several years, OU Kosher, in partnership with the Harry H. Beren Foundation of New Jersey, has developed numerous kashrus educational programs for the benefit of […]

A Kosher Charcuterie Board

Currently, we find ourselves in the thralls of a pandemic. This being the case, time is of the essence. Compartmentalizing chores and responsibilities has become essential. Preparing meals all the time can be arduous. An option is to take advantage of a kosher charcuterie board where in a small amount of time you can tastefully […]

Kosher Plant-Based Foods

Plant-based products are now able to closely mimic the taste and texture of meat and dairy items. However, unlike meat and dairy items, plant-based products are not animal-based, rather they draw their form and taste from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, or beans. Although “plants” are usually classified as Kosher from the […]

Pumpkins Are All The Rage

Pumpkins and pumpkin flavored products all the rage this time of the year. On shelves in the supermarket, you will find many products made with pumpkin or “Pumpkin (Pie) Spice” (which has no pumpkin in it but is a common ingredient in pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice cake) and others made with pumpkin itself. To […]

Pas Yisroel List For 5781 – 2020

Updated September 21, 2020  –  Tishrei 5781 The Tur (Orach Chaim, Siman 603), based upon the Talmud Yerushalmi, cites the custom for Jews to be stringent during the Aseres Yimei Teshuva to eat exclusively ‘Pas Yisroel’ bread. Even those Jews who generally do not exclusively eat ‘Pas Yisroel’ are encouraged to accept this practice during […]

Spices and Kashrus

From Daf HaKashrus by Rabbi Mordechai Stareshefsky The significance of Rosh Hashana and the Yemei Hadin does not lie merely in the fact that it is the first day of the year and it is when people are judged. As we are taught in the very first Mishnah in Rosh Hashana, it is the beginning […]

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