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Why is This Chemical Different from All Other Chemicals?
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There are some chemicals that enhance the taste of food, but some chemicals are lethal. How does the OU handle both? Join Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, as he examines the halachos and science behind the kashrus certification of inedibles and animal-derivatives. Glycerin seasoned with glass-cleanser may not be so […]
It’s Dairy. And Parve. Sort Of. In a Way…
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Some foods just can’t make up their minds! If I prepare a parve food in a clean dairy utensil, it’s treated like dairy in some ways and parve in others…so now what do I do? Join Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing unparalleled expertise in dairy products, as he explores the […]
What’s Cooking With Kosher Tea?
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You may want us to “leaf” you alone, but there really are kashrus issues with tea! Rabbi Akiva Tendler, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, masterfully weaves together the Torah and the technology of tea manufacture. Enzymes, acid, rice—all kinds of kashrus surprises are in store, so come “oolong” with Rabbi Tendler.
Where There’s Smoke (or Vapor), There’s Kashrus
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One if by land, two if by sea–and kosher if by air? Join Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, for a discussion of a surprising facet of kosher laws: air-borne substances. Rabbi Ferrell addresses aromas, vapors, and smoke and how they impact on kashrus in the home and in the factory. […]
Does Kosher Apply Even to Food???
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It’s well-known that a mammal needs to be a cloven-hooved cud-chewer to be considered kosher. What does a person’s heart and soul need to be kosher? Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, for an unexpected look at what makes mammals kosher. Can purity of heart undo the Exile and rebuild the […]
Are Dried Fruits “Moistly” Kosher?
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“The Sun requires kosher certification; consequently, some dried fruit may not be permissible.” You’ll never see THAT line in an article! And yet, you’ll still want to join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing vast expertise in insect infestation, as he discusses the kashrus “red flags” when buying dried fruits. You’ll […]
The “Oils” are “Olive” with the Sound of Kashrus
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Take one olive. Squeeze. Voila–olive oil. Nothing could go wrong with the kashrus, right..? WRONG. Join Rabbi Akiva Tendler, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, as he describes the surprising story of kosher olive oil. Did you know that manufacture of your olive oil may involve the use of chemicals and enzymes? And is pure […]
Fish Purchases: Good Buy for Now
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What’s wrong with this picture: I took my list of kosher fish to an uncertified fish store. I saw that a fish he was selling was on the list, so I asked him to cut me a piece of it. If this doesn’t sound strange to you, you need to watch this VIDEO! Let Rabbi […]
New Utensils: Sink or Swim… or Both!
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Topics in Maintaining a Kosher Home – Part IV: New Utensils: Sink or Swim… or Both! New silverware. New bowls and plates. Factory-sealed, even. Definitely kosher. But don’t use it in a Jewish kitchen! Join Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, for the final installment of a series of seminars on […]