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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. This Wednesday, February 4th, is also the 15th day of the month of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—better known as […]

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 […]

Bibi the Builder?

May 6, 2014, by

With preparations for Israel’s 66th birthday running behind schedule, Prime Minister Netanyahu did what any good boss would do:

Burn and Scald Prevention

April 9, 2014, by

Chanukah Specific Reminders: Keep the menorah away from curtains or any other flammable objects. Keep the menorahs away from the reach of small children. When making latkes, keep ALL children away from the hot oil. When making latkes, remember to turn frying pan handles away from the edge of the stove, so that they do […]

The Lights of Chanukah: Laws and Customs

April 9, 2014, by

The Lights of Chanukah The Jewish tradition is that on the first night of Chanukah one flame is lit, on the second night two, and so on until the eighth night when eight flames are lit. Actually, the question of whether to begin the lighting with one flame and proceed, adding one each night, to eight on […]

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