The Great Matzah Controversy: Should Matzah Be Made By Hand Or Machine?

March 28, 2006, by

The following article is adapted from the newly published Spring issue of Jewish Action: The Magazine of the Orthodox Union. Copies of the issue are available from the OU for $4.50 by calling 212-613-8137. Dating back to the time of Moses, the practice had always been to make matzah by hand. With the advent of […]

Students from Baltimore Yeshiva Visit the Orthodox Union to Learn More about Kashrut

March 25, 2006, by

As part of an ongoing series of visits from schools to the Orthodox Union, students from Torah Institute (Shearith Hapleitah) of Baltimore visited OU headquarters recently to learn more about the vast world of kashrut. Rabbi Abraham Juravel, Co-Director of the OU Kosher Ingredient Approval Registry, shared a late-breaking finding with the students about the […]

OU Launches New Website,, to Answer Passover Queries

March 24, 2006, by

To answer questions that frequently arise during the Passover season, when the dietary laws are different from the ones that govern the rest of the year, OU Kosher has launched a brand new website, The website is a one-stop-shop for all Passover related queries, ranging from recipe substitutes, to cleaning tips, to making a […]

OU and RCA Present Annual Pre-Passover Kashrut Seminar

March 23, 2006, by

The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America presented their annual Pre-Passover Seminar for Rabbis this week, addressing a variety of issues that involve the laws of kashrut and holiday observance. The program was webcast and viewed by rabbis around the country and as far away as Germany. Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld was Program Coordinator. […]

An OU Expert Solves the Mystery of How to Make a New York Restaurant Kosher for Passover

March 23, 2006, by

As Passover rapidly approaches, Rabbi Dov Schreier, the Orthodox Union Kosher Division’s Rabbinic Coordinator for Food Services, is making final preparations for certifying leading New York restaurants as OU Kosher for Passover. “The game plans are falling into place and the arrangements are being made for the koshering,” Rabbi Schreier said. “As Pesach approaches, the […]