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Getting Schooled about Kosher Fish – VIDEO
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Rabbi Chaim Goldberg Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth “It’s got fins and scales: this fish is kosher.” Think so? Think again! Join Rabbi Chaim Goldberg, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher with special expertise in fish, as he reveals the real way to identify a kosher fish. When is a scale not a scale? When is […]
Merging Cleanliness and G-dliness
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Factory equipment is always a hot topic around the OU Kashruth office. A kosher apparatus poses no problem, of course…but how does the OU cope with devices used for non-kosher products? Join Rabbi Yisroel Paretzky, a Group Leader with OU Kashruth, as he discusses a surprising policy: using equipment in a non-kosher factory for kosher […]
A Refreshing Approach To Dairy Products
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Decades ago, the great sage Rav Moshe Feinstein, Zatzal, issued his permit to consume milk sold by American dairy companies. On what was this courageous ruling based? And is it still applicable today? Join Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing vast expertise in the dairy industry, for a clear and thorough […]
The Milk of Human Kindness
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Colostrum is a special kind of milk, chock-full of protein and very beneficial for infants…but is it kosher? Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU P’sak and Policy, for a clear and thorough discourse that includes such topics as: Why is milk kosher in the first place? Must […]
Gelatin Desserts: Desertion of Kashrus?
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Among the most fascinating topics in contemporary kashrus is the status of gelatin. Let Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording P’sak and Policy for OU Kashruth, guide you masterfully through an exploration of the relevant sources in halacha and science. Can gelatin derived from a pig be kosher? What about a kosher […]
How to Be a Sharp Cookie: Cutting Through a Davar Charif
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We don’t compare apples and oranges – but we’d better compare apples and onions! Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording OU P’sak and Policy, in an exploration of strange creatures in the world of kashrus: the sharp foods (devarim charifim). Learn the ramifications of cutting an onion (or garlic, […]
Catered Affair – or Catastrophe?
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Thank G-d, Jews often need caterers for happy occasions-but are we always happy with the kashrus? Join Rabbi Dov Schreier, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth with special expertise in the food-service industry, and learn about the red-flag issues lurking behind the scenes at that fancy affair. YOU can be a smart catered-food consumer! If […]
Bread: Staff of Life, or Stuff of Traif?
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Your local bakery can be a dangerous place – for your Jewishness. Flour and water may be kosher, but so much more than that goes into contemporary baked goods. What would an animal derivative be doing in your apple turnovers and danishes? How could the lowly raisin lead to serious problems? Join Rabbi Yisroel Meir […]
Making Sense of the Kosher Bakery Scent
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The common wisdom is that baked goods are so simple: flour and water, and maybe yeast and salt. Listen to Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth with special expertise in baked goods, and find out that the common wisdom is dead wrong. Is shortening always kosher? What about preservatives? Can bread be […]