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Waiting Between Cheese and Meat
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“You mean that I have to wait SIX HOURS after I eat cheese before I can eat meat??” Well, often yes. The Remo (Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 89:2) states that the minhag is to wait after eating hard cheese before partaking of meat, just as one waits after meat before dairy; this minhag has become […]
Cholov Yisroel: Unraveling the Mysteries
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(This article originally appeared in the Daf Ha-Kashrus.) “There is no purpose in drinking cholov Yisroel today, as the government inspects the dairies and makes sure that all the milk is kosher.” “What makes milk cholov Yisroel? Isn’t all milk with a hechsher under rabbinical supervision anyway?” Cholov Yisroel is one of the most misunderstood concepts in all […]
Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts
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Before we know it, the heat of summer will be upon us, and many of us will be consuming ice cream and other frozen sweets in an effort to keep cool. So long as our summertime frozen treats are reliably-certified, we do not think too much about how they are made or about the kashrus […]
Can Skinless Salmon Be Assumed to Be Kosher?
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Although kosher fish are usually identified only by the presence of scales [1] , the Orthodox Union has a long standing policy of accepting as kosher all reddish-pinkish fillets, even without a piece of skin by which the fillet can be identified. The basis for this policy is that there is no fish [2] that […]
The Return of the Evil Weevils in Rice & Barley
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Recently, the OU has received complaints from consumers about high levels of infestation in barley and rice and other grain products. Many of these complaints have revealed that the affected products were beyond or close to their expiration dates. The Problem: While our certified packers sift all incoming products such as grain and flour etc., […]