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Haggadah Workshop

March 25, 2023, by

Includes: 1. Ha Lachma Anya, Mah Nishtana, Avadim Hayinu by Yael Dworkin 2. Maaseh B’Rebbi Eliezer, Baruch HaMakom by Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider 3. The 4 Sons, Yachol MeRosh Chodesh by Rabbi Ari Kahn 4. Arami Oved Avi by Rabbi Baruch Taub 5. The 10 Makkot and the Extra Makkot Calculations by Rabbi Ezra Friedman 6. […]

OU Kosher Q & A For Rosh Hashanah

September 22, 2022, by

OU Kosher presents popular Q&As in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. Additional questions can be asked by contacting the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) or by submitting them to kosherq@ou.org. Q: THERE IS A LONG-ESTABLISHED MINHAG (CUSTOM) ON ROSH HASHANAH NIGHT TO DIP AN APPLE IN HONEY (SHULCHAN ARUCH OC: 583:3). WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THIS CUSTOM TO EAT AN APPLE DIPPED IN […]

Keep a Safe 8 Days: Chanukah Fire Safety Tips

December 13, 2021, by

Along with the rest of klal Yisrael, we look forward with excitement to bring in Chanukah this coming Sunday night, December 18 (25 Kislev). Along with the many enjoyments the chag brings, it is critical to remember to institute strict safety best practices in your home to ensure a meaningful and safe hadlakat neirot (candle […]

Top FAQs of Passover 2017

April 4, 2017, by

A Compilation of Consumer hotline, live chat and e-mailed questions Q: Do raw nuts require certification for Passover? A:  Raw nuts in their shell do not require Passover certification. Shelled nuts that list BHA or BHT (preservatives) in the ingredients require special Passover certification. Please note that regarding peanuts different communities have different customs. Some […]

OU Kosher’s FAQ’s for Purim 5777 (2017)

March 2, 2017, by

Ta’anit Esther this year will be Thursday, March 9th. What time does the fast begin and when does it end? The fast begins when one goes to sleep at night, unless one plans to wake up early to eat before the fast begins. If one planned to wake up early, he can eat until alot […]

OU Kosher Q&A for Rosh Hashana

September 26, 2016, by

OU Kosher presents popular Q&As in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Additional questions can be asked by contacting the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) or by submitting them to kosherq@ou.org.  Alternatively, CHAT LIVE with an OU Kosher expert on www.oukosher.org via the chat icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. *** Honey Q: There […]

5 Things You May Not Have Known About Tu B’Shevat

February 4, 2015, by

You know that guy you saw on the way to work shouting “Happy New Year!” to a tree? He wasn’t crazy. Well, he might have been, but not for being kind to an oak or maple. It might just be the 15th day of the month of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—better known as Tu […]

Only in Jerusalem

May 21, 2014, by

Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim   Seeing the Kotel for the first time…experiencing Shabbat in the Old City…a memorable interaction with a chayal…a fierce bargaining battle in the shuk… The city of Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem, is unlike any other and for the Jewish people it has been our spiritual center for millennia. In […]

66 of Israel’s Heroes Share a Powerful Message

May 6, 2014, by

This video from Nefesh b’Nefesh celebrates Israel Independence Day with 66 Israeli heroes sharing a powerful message! Hear their stories. Live your dreams. Am Yisrael Chai! See the names below (in order of appearance): 0:22 Natan Sharansky — Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel 0:27 Rabbi Jerry Epstein — Former VP […]