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The “Hole” Truth: Together, Bagels and the OU
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Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Division Everyone will tell you that the bagel is a Jewish food–but is it always kosher? Rabbi Bendelstein, an OU Kashruth Rabbinic Coordinator with great expertise in baked goods, describes for us the numerous halachic issues involved in manufacturing a simple kosher bagel. If you have questions or […]
Hafrashas Challah on the Industrial Scale
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Rabbi Hershel Schachter Senior Halachic Consultant, OU Kashruth Division How could bread with all-kosher ingredients be unkosher? Rabbi Schachter, Senior Halachic Consultant for OU Kashruth, gives us a thorough survey of the mitzvah (commandment) to separate challah from dough, with a special emphasis on this issues related to factories. You’ll never look at a 7-layer […]
Kosher Chemical Manufacture: A Serious Matter
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Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Division What would Rabbi Akiva say about reactors? What would Maimonides say about molecules? Find out with Rabbi Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator responsible for numerous chemical manufacturers, as he describes–in layman’s terms–halachic and technical issues addressed in certifying chemicals. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi […]
Kosher Flavor Manufacture: A “Holy” Satisfying Process
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Rabbi Moshe Zywica Rabbinic Coordinator & Group Leader, OU Kashruth Division That yummy strawberry flavor. That tangy BBQ taste. So easy to enjoy–but not so easy to produce! Join Rabbi Zywica, an expert on the flavor industry, for a surprise-packed peek at kosher flavor manufacture. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Zywica please […]
Vegetable Inspection: An Halachic and Historical Perspective
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Rabbi Yisroel Belsky Senior Halachic Consultant, OU Kashruth Division “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Rabbi Belsky, a Senior Halachic Consultant for the Orthodox Union and Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of New York’s Yeshiva Torah V’Da’as, shows us that today’s issues with vegetable inspection are really yesterday’s issues, as well! A valuable […]
Kosher Yogurt: An Uplifting Cultural Experience
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Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Division Think that certifying yogurt is “just a bowl of cherries”? Think again! Rabbi Gordimer, an expert in the field of dairy certification, uncovers the surprising complexities in kosher yogurt production. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Gordimer please send them to: gordimer@ou.org
Avoiding the Arthropods: The Story of Certified Vegetables
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Rabbi Hershel Schachter Senior Halachic Consultant, OU Kashruth Division We think of pork as “very unkosher”–but an aphid is even worse! Rabbi Schachter, a senior Halachic Consultant for OU Kosher and Rosh Yeshiva at New York’s Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, reveals to us the concerns that are addressed in certifying vegetables.
Tuna Fish: “Can” It Be Kosher?
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Rabbi Hershel Schachter Senior Halachic Consultant, OU Kashruth Division It comes to us from overseas without any identifying marks; why do we eat it? Rabbi Schachter, a senior Halachic Consultant for OU Kosher and Rosh Yeshiva at New York’s Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, discusses the fascinating halachic basis for certifying canned tuna fish.