Practical Shemittah

by Rabbi Dovid Bistricer, Rabbinic Coordinator Every seven years, we have a special opportunity in eretz Yisroel to fulfill the mitzvah of shemittah. During this sabbatical year, agricultural fields are not worked, while fruits and vegetables become public property. According to the sefer Hachinuch[1], laying the lands fallow is an affirmation that one’s sustenance is…

The Latest on Oreo Cookies

At the present time, most varieties of Oreo Cookies contain dairy ingredients, with three notable exceptions. Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies, Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies and Mini Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment.  The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these three…

Lo Basi Ela L’Orer: ZEIYA

By Rabbi Eli Gersten Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 123:24) says that wine alcohol which was distilled from stam yaynam remains assur b’hanah just like the wine itself.  Although the alcohol is just the collected zeiya (vapors) from the wine, zeiya of issur retains its status. Similarly, Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 92:8) writes that zeiya that emanates from…


• ZEIYA By Rabbi Eli Gersten • A Question that Begs an Answer • The Latest on Oreo Cookies • A Philadelphia Story, ASK OU Outreach and First Seder Presentation in Bala Cynwyd • What’s the Beracha on Meat, Fish and Eggs • Kashrus Advisory… • Mazel Tov… •  Kashrus Alert…. • Condolences

TAMMUZ 5774/ JULY 2014

•  Amira L’Akum •  The Traceability Audit •  What’s the Beracha on Soups… •  In Memory of Rabbi Shimon Joselit Z”L •  Mazel Tov… •  Kashrus Advisory… •  Condolences…


• Fish Gelatin • Kosher Protocol for Receiving Liquid Bulk Commodities • Kashering Synthetic Materials • OU Passover 2014 Wrap Up: Shared Effort, Big Numbers • Mazel tovs, Kashrus Advisories, Kosher Alerts… • What’s the Bracha on Soups I  

Daf HaKashrus Shavuos 5774 – Consumer Edition

• Waiting After Eating Hard Cheese • Why is there no OU-DE symbol? • Playing with Fire-Part II • Did you know? – Chalav Yisrael

Did You Know?

The OU certifies over 800 Cholov Yisroel products. If a product is OU Cholov Yisroel, it will bear an OUD symbol and the words Cholov Yisroel, חלב ישראל or Mehadrin, מהדרין on the packaging. The OUD symbol on a product without the words Cholov Yisroel, חלב ישראל or Mehadrin, מהדרין indicates that the product is…

Playing with Fire – Part II

by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kosher  Daf Notes: The excellent article by Rabbi Luban entitled “Playing with Fire” was originally published in The Daf HaKashrus Vol. 3, No. 6, P. 24. It is reprinted here with slight modifications. In Part I, Rabbi Luban discussed the Halachic background for the prohibition of Bishul Akum….

Why is there no OU-DE Symbol?

What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.   Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be…

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