Product Labels: Kashrus Lifeline?

May 14, 2010, by

The Talmud discusses when seals are required on food to preserve their permissibility. How does that play out in our era of shrink-wrap and flip-top cans? Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, for a clear and through discussion of this practical and daily issue. Must I always look for a kosher symbol? What if a required seal is absent? Is re-packaged OU candy under the OU? Tune in and learn about kashrus security!

Download Listen Now

The Turkey: Kashrus with All the Stuffings – VIDEO

January 7, 2010, by

Rabbi Chaim Loike
Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth

Did you gobble down some poultry on Thanksgiving? Listen to Rabbi Chaim Loike and discover the lesser-known odyssey of the turkey in the world of kashrus! Rabbi Loike is a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher with special expertise in avian kashrus. In this video, Rabbi Loike uses live birds as he discusses what it is that makes a bird kosher. When is a predator not a predator? And when is a quail not a quail? And who was it that kept the turkey in the kosher kitchen? Tune in; you’ll be coming “beak” for more! This seminar was recorded live at the Bialostoker Synagogue in New York, NY on November 25, 2009. Download source sheet.

Download Listen Now

Kosher Birds: Who Are They? – VIDEO

December 17, 2009, by

Rabbi Chaim Loike
Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth

When is a quail not a quail? When is a predator not a predator? Join Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing vast knowledge of avian kashrus, as he guides us to a greater understanding of kosher birds. Tune in and see him elucidate the relevant principles—with live birds! No doubt, you’ll come “beak” for more… This seminar was presented at the “OU Kosher Coming” program at JLIC – Johns Hopkins University, on November 9, 2009.

Download Listen Now

A Peek at the Peacock

November 30, 2009, by

The peacock is among the most beautiful of all birds—and among the most mysterious! Join Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher with special expertise in kosher birds, in a lucid and thorough discussion of the history and halachos of the peacock. Did King Solomon really bring them to Israel? Is one species kosher and another forbidden? Does any community have a tradition of eating them? Tune in and you’ll no doubt come “beak” for more…

Download Listen Now

Reputation Preservation: Kashrus and Maris Ayin

September 21, 2009, by

What will the neighbors think” is often immaterial—but sometimes it’s of major importance. Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher, as he explores the intersection between kashrus and Maris Ayin (the commandment to preserve one’s reputation as a faithful Jew). Could eating a soy burger with cheese be a problem? How about a steak with parve margarine? Listen in, and find out when “looking good” overrides “eating well”!

Download Listen Now

Keeping Kosher: The Soul You Save May Be Your Own

September 8, 2009, by

No waiter ever asked a customer, “Would you like some arsenic with your roast beef, sir?” We would run, not walk, to avoid a food if there was even the slightest chance of it being poisoned. Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, describes another type of poison: a toxin for the heart and soul. Tune in and learn a perspective on keeping kosher which you may never have heard…

Download Listen Now

The Vaad HaKashrus: Politicians or Professionals?

July 8, 2009, by

Rabbi Yaakov Luban
Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth

How sophisticated is the local Vaad certifying that delicious calzone and those yummy buffalo wings? Join Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of OU Kashruth and a specialist in communal kashrus issues, in this rare peek behind–the–scenes. Rabbi Luban discusses kashrus history and kashrus recommendations—and you won’t want to miss, “Does politics impact on Kashrus..?” You might be surprised…

Download Listen Now

The Vaad HaKashrus: How and Why?

June 24, 2009, by

Rabbi Yaakov Luban
Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth

Your local kosher bakery and Chinese restaurant both need kashrus certification. How is it set up? Join Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of OU Kashruth and a specialist in communal kashrus issues, as he uses his vast expertise to describe the underpinnings of a Vaad HaKashrus (local kashrus agency). Who participates? How are the responsibilities divided? How do kashrus professionals avoid divisiveness and burn-out? Who sets the standards? Tune in and find out what happens behind-the scenes…

Download Listen Now

Escape or Embrace: A Torah View of Material Pursuits

May 27, 2009, by

The emaciated holy man sitting isolated on a mountain-top. The morbidly obese drunkard sprawled again on the barroom floor. Are these the choices faced by a Jew – embrace the material or flee it for Divine communion? The answer is a resounding “NO.” Join Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher’s Vice President -Communications and Marketing, in an articulate and moving exploration of the relationship between body and soul. Redeeming the physical, not blindly shunning or embracing it; tune in and hear this spiritual goal discussed in a sophisticated fashion.

Rabbi Safran is the author of “Meditations at 60: One Person, Under God, Indivisible,” which elaborates on this [“Called to be Different; Called to be Holy – A Meditation on Kashrut”] and related themes. Available from www.ktav.org or from the author at safrane@ou.org.

Download Listen Now

The Mashgiach: Friend of the Staff, or Ruling with a Staff?

May 11, 2009, by

What is the role of the Mashgiach at a catered event – is he there to enforce the laws, or be a comrade in arms? Join Rabbi Dov Schreier, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing special expertise in food service, as he examines the role of the rabbinic supervisor. How does he maintain control of the kitchen without alienating the cooks? How does he address the issues posed even by the cleaning crew? Tune in for a talk given by someone who’s been in the trenches! This presentation was recorded live at the Adelphia Talmudical Academy in Adelphia, NY, on February 25, 2009. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Schreier please send them to: schreier@ou.org

Download Listen Now