OU Kosher Pre-Pesach Webcasts Available Online

23 Mar 2012


For several years, OU Kosher poskim (halachic decisors) Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, have presented a popular annual webcast to provide practical guidance for the Seder and for Pesach preparations. Due to the recent illness of Rav Belsky, there will not be a webcast this year.

Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher Vice President of Communications and Marketing, announced that the archives of the past four years of pre-Pesach webcasts will be posted for the community’s enlightenment and study, in response to the many inquiries received.

Past webcasts, which were recorded live at OU Headquarters in New York and archived on the OU website, and can be found at:





Questions covered include: How far must one go in one’s cleaning; Do I search for chometz in my house if I’m going away for Pesach; What if I can’t recite the entire Hagaddah or understand the Hebrew; Isn’t chometz in a non-Jewish store always safe after Pesach; Is machine-matzah better than hand; Is quinoa on the list of kitniyot; What areas need to be searched for chometz; How do I prepare my kitchen appliances; and Do I need to worry about Cheerios in my daughter’s dollhouse.

From left: Rabbi Safran, Rabbi Eli Gersten, who records the responses; Rabbi Belsky, Rabbi Schachter, and Rabbi Eliyahu Ferrell, who receives emails, during last year’s OU Kosher webcast.

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