From left: OU Rabbinic Coordinator and bird expert Rabbi Chaim Loike (with feathered friend) and OU Senior Halachic Posek Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky.
Is this variety of duck kosher? In response to a question from a shochet in New Zealand, OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator and bird expert Rabbi Chaim Loike brought in a live Indian Runner duck for Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, OU Senior Halachic Posek, to determine whether or not the bird is kosher -- it is.
The duck was featured this week as Rav Belsky conducted the first of a series of five monthly lectures on Skype from the experts at OU Kashrut in New York to the students at the Kollel Beth HaTalmud in Melbourne, Australia. Rav Belsky’s shiur was on “The Mesorah of Kosher Birds and Animals.” Among the other species he covered were the giraffe, buffalo, zebu, peacock, mallard duck, and Canadian goose.
The program, coordinated by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Kosher Senior Educational Rabbinic Coordinator, is the newest project of the OU Kosher’s Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach initiative, for which sessions will deal with various aspects of kosher law and their application to modern food technology.
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