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Gelatin Desserts: Desertion of Kashrus?
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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 […]
How to Be a Sharp Cookie: Cutting Through a Davar Charif
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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, […]
Catered Affair – or Catastrophe?
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Thank G-d, Jews often need caterers for happy occasions-but are we always happy with the kashrus? Join Rabbi Dov Schreier, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth with special expertise in the food-service industry, and learn about the red-flag issues lurking behind the scenes at that fancy affair. YOU can be a smart catered-food consumer! If […]
Bread: Staff of Life, or Stuff of Traif?
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Your local bakery can be a dangerous place – for your Jewishness. Flour and water may be kosher, but so much more than that goes into contemporary baked goods. What would an animal derivative be doing in your apple turnovers and danishes? How could the lowly raisin lead to serious problems? Join Rabbi Yisroel Meir […]
Making Sense of the Kosher Bakery Scent
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The common wisdom is that baked goods are so simple: flour and water, and maybe yeast and salt. Listen to Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth with special expertise in baked goods, and find out that the common wisdom is dead wrong. Is shortening always kosher? What about preservatives? Can bread be […]
Kosher Snacking: Nothing Lacking
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The work involved in certifying potato chips is no small potatoes! Join Rabbi Aharon Brun-Kestler, an OU Kashruth Rabbinic Coordinator with special expertise in the snack industry, for a journey behind-the-scenes at kosher snack manufacture. Although there are challenges to meet, you can count on the OU in a “crunch.” Listen and learn! If you […]
We Came, We Saw, We Kashered: The Story of a Unique Cheese
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Change that steam! Torch that pipe! Check that milk! Expect the unexpected as you hear about the manufacture of the first exclusively-OU Chalav Yisrael product ever: Ricotta Cheese. Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth with special expertise in dairy productions, provides his eyewitness account of this adventure in kosher production. If you […]