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Ask OU Kosher About “Holy Fries”

July 13, 2011, by

July 2011 By Rabbi Chaim Goldberg OU Rabbinic Coordinator To submit questions for future columns, please send them to {encode=”KosherQ@ou.org” title=”KosherQ@ou.org”}, or call the Kosher Consumer Hotline, at 212-613-8241. “Holy Fries” Q: How are industrial French fries made? A: Exactly who came up with the idea of French fries is a matter of serious debate

Is a Woman’s Place in the (Kosher) Kitchen?

July 6, 2011, by

A recent Jewish Week article, “A Woman’s Place is in the (Kosher) Kitchen” by Amy Spiro caught plenty of attention. When Donyel Meese, a pre-med undergraduate and NCSY alumnus, was offered student employment in kashrut supervision (Ohio State University’s Hillel Cafe), she first consulted her Rabbi regarding halachic issues. It’s a common misconception that a

What’s Bugging You?

June 14, 2011, by

Rabbi David Bistricer is an OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator. To submit questions for future columns, please send them to KosherQ@ou.org, or call the Kosher Consumer Hotline, at 212-613-8241. Q: Are there any kashrut concerns with plain vegetables? A: Yes. Different varieties of certain fresh or frozen vegetables could potentially contain insects, which are considered not

A Way of Life: Keeping Kosher

May 18, 2011, by

The lady handing out samples at Costco knows it by the way my mom inspects the package. “It is kosher,” she says, as she indicates the OU on the front of the box. The flight attendant knows it, when she asks us if we ordered special meals on our flight to California. He bends down

Essay Contest Winner – Kashrut: A Manifestation of the Jewish Identity

May 11, 2011, by

“It’s just a candy bar,” she says mockingly. “Who cares if it doesn’t have a hechscher? Just eat it.” She dangles the offending chocolate in front of me, smirking. I stumble over my words, mesmerized by the brightly-colored wrapping, caught up in wanting to fit in, trying to rationalize purposely eating non-kosher. I tentatively reach

Say Cheese!

March 23, 2011, by

“Say Cheese” Q: Why do only a few brands of “hard” cheese, such as cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan, bear well-known kosher symbols? After all, the ingredients in almost all cheeses seem to be kosher; can you please explain? A: To the surprise of many people, kosher “rennet-set” cheeses – cheeses such as those you listed

Coffee, I Can’t Live Without It

March 9, 2011, by

I’m a coffee fanatic! Okay, I admit it! According to Wikipedia, a fanatic is a belief or a behavior involving uncritical zeal, or to quote Winston Churchill, “a fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Well, that certainly describes me – I certainly have uncritical zeal over my cup

A Peafowl by Any Other Name

March 9, 2011, by

As he was constructing the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon labored to establish extensive and far-reaching trade routes to bring the very best for the service of God. A series of maritime expeditions were launched to the most distant lands; the expeditions returned to Jerusalem carrying an array of goods which the inhabitants had

Secret Life of a Chocoholic

February 2, 2011, by

Please don’t tell anyone, but I’m a chocoholic. My father (of blessed memory) used to bribe me with chocolate to get me to go to bed, clean my room, do my homework or finish my food. Chocolate was and still is this magical cherished product that makes me happy. They say that some people are