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Rabbi Eli Gersten

Rabbi Eli Gersten

We’re FOR Grain, Not Against It

October 1, 2013, by

There’s grain and there’s grain. Of the many different types, Jewish law only accords special recognition to five of them. The ramifications of this distinction are numerous; let Rabbi Eli Gersten, the OU Kashruth Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording OU Psak and Policy, be your guide! Tune in as he touches on such topics as brachos, Shabbos, taking challah, gluten allergies, and more. Come “wheat” Rabbi Gersten and the issues will be “spelt” out!

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The Berachos on Cold Cereals: A Hot Topic

March 12, 2013, by

Wake up hungry? Want some cereal? Get a spoon, a bowl–and listen to this Tidbit! In this installment, Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU Psak and Policy, discusses the berachos made on breakfast cereals. He’ll give you an overview of some of the fundamentals of the laws of berachos, and describe how crucial it is to know how cereals are made. Tune in, and you’ll be ready for action when it’s “crunch” time! If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Gersten please send them to: {encode=”gerstene@ou.org” title=”gerstene@ou.org”}

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What You See is What You Get… You Hope

June 20, 2012, by

The next time you go food shopping, ask yourself, “Is the OU food in the store actually from an OU factory?” Welcome to the world of kashrus security – your guide, Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU Psak and Policy. When is there a concern about kosher food being switched for non-kosher? What must a kosher sender do so that the recipient knows that the food delivered is kosher? What do canned tuna and shrink-wrapped cold cuts have to do with halacha? “Tuna” in and you’ll “meat” up with the answers! If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Gersten please send them to: {encode=”gerstene@ou.org” title=”gerstene@ou.org”}

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The Baffling Enigma of the Bowfin Egg

November 4, 2011, by

Kosher animal? Drink its milk. Kosher bird? Eat its eggs. Kosher fish—now hold on! Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator in charge of regarding the halachic policies of OU Kashruth, for a discussion of bowfin roe, an enigmatic fish-egg in the annals of Jewish law. Rabbi Gersten clearly elucidates the history of identifying kosher […]

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A Few Words about Fish-Worms

November 5, 2010, by

Rabbi Eli Gersten Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth It’s an undeniable fact that there worms are found in salmon, herring, and other kosher species of fish. But worms are never kosher, right??? You might be surprised at the answer…Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU P’sak and Policy, and […]

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To Hive and Have Not?

May 28, 2010, by

Rabbi Eli Gersten Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth It’s well-known that bees are not kosher. How, then, can we eat honey??? Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU policy, as he unravels this puzzle and other puzzles related to bees. In a through and clear presentation, Rabbi Gersten addresses […]

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The Milk of Human Kindness

July 20, 2009, by

Colostrum is a special kind of milk, chock-full of protein and very beneficial for infants…but is it kosher? Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU P’sak and Policy, for a clear and thorough discourse that includes such topics as: Why is milk kosher in the first place? Must […]

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Gelatin Desserts: Desertion of Kashrus?

March 4, 2009, by

Among the most fascinating topics in contemporary kashrus is the status of gelatin. Let Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording P’sak and Policy for OU Kashruth, guide you masterfully through an exploration of the relevant sources in halacha and science. Can gelatin derived from a pig be kosher? What about a kosher […]

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How to Be a Sharp Cookie: Cutting Through a Davar Charif

December 16, 2008, by

We don’t compare apples and oranges – but we’d better compare apples and onions! Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording OU P’sak and Policy, in an exploration of strange creatures in the world of kashrus: the sharp foods (devarim charifim). Learn the ramifications of cutting an onion (or garlic, […]

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Curing a Cough: Kosher Concern?

July 21, 2008, by

Does a medicine chest contain hidden kashrus perils? Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU halachic policies, as he explores a range of views on the potential kashrus issues with liquid medicines. Rabbi Gersten discusses such questions as: Does Halacha view medicine as “food”? Is there an halachic difference between adult needs and children’s needs? Is there any need to seek kosher-certified drugs? You’ll see that this topic is nothing to sneeze at! If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Gersten please send them to: gerstene@ou.org

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