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What You See is What You Get… You Hope
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The next time you go food shopping, ask yourself, "Is the OU food in the store actually from an OU factory?" Welcome to the world of kashrus security - your guide, Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth charged with recording OU Psak and Policy. When is there a concern about kosher food being switched for non-kosher? What must a kosher sender do so that the recipient knows that the food delivered is kosher? What do canned tuna and shrink-wrapped cold cuts have to do with halacha? "Tuna" in and you'll "meat" up with the answers! If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Gersten please send them to: {encode="gerstene@ou.org" title="gerstene@ou.org"}
Guess Who’s Coming to (Kosher) Dinner
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New Jewish diet: Don't eat at anyone's house. We all know that this regimen will never (ahem) "take off." But why not? How exactly is it that we can eat when we didn't personally verify kashrus? Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, as he discusses the legal underpinnings of eating food without first-hand knowledge of its source and preparation. Are all Jews valid witnesses for kashrus? Can you rely on someone whose kashrus standards are lower than yours? Is there a difference between reliance on a host and reliance on a grocer? Tune in: You can trust us when we say you'll come away smarter!
Let My People Know: The OU Poskim answer questions all across the Shulchan Aruch
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In this extra-special video, OU Kashruth’s Senior Poskim, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, provide practical guidance on issues spanning the breadth and depth of Yahadut. Tune in as they address such questions as: Are there halachic issues with cruise ship departures on Erev Shabbos? How does a Shabbat-observant Jew run an Internet business? Can “implants” of genes from non-kosher species render kosher food forbidden? What is Tzenius? Can you go to a doctor or hair stylist of the opposite gender? Do weddings cost too much? Can I invite an intermarried relative for a Shabbat meal? Recorded live on December 13, 2011 at OU headquarters in New York, NY. Download the MP3.
I’m Just Wild About Turkey
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It widely accepted that the American domestic turkey is a kosher avian species. But what about the bird known as "the Eastern Wild turkey?" Join Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth widely-recognized for his vast expertise in the kashruth of birds, for a unique discussion of hands-on halachic exploration. Are these two turkeys from the same species? Rabbi Loike discusses the halachic source material, as well as the turkey's encounter Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Senior OU Poseik. You'll be "Giving-thanks" after you hear his talk!
Your Children and Your Charity – WEBCAST
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Shabbos and Kashrus observances often prompt questions for rabbis. But some questions are so complex, not just any rabbi will do. This extra-special VIDEO features two of our generation’s great sages. OU Kashruth’s Senior Poskim, Rav Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, provide practical guidance for giving charity and raising children. Tune in as they address such questions as: To whom do I give Tzedakah? How much Tzedakah do I have to give? Can I give Ma’aser to a needy relative? How do I choose a yeshiva? How do I foster my child’s success in learning? What is the highest priority in child-raising? Recorded live on December 14, 2010 at OU headquarters in New York, NY. Download the audio only MP3 here
Product Labels: Kashrus Lifeline?
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The Talmud discusses when seals are required on food to preserve their permissibility. How does that play out in our era of shrink-wrap and flip-top cans? Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, for a clear and through discussion of this practical and daily issue. Must I always look for a kosher symbol? What if a required seal is absent? Is re-packaged OU candy under the OU? Tune in and learn about kashrus security!
The Turkey: Kashrus with All the Stuffings – VIDEO
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Rabbi Chaim Loike Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Did you gobble down some poultry on Thanksgiving? Listen to Rabbi Chaim Loike and discover the lesser-known odyssey of the turkey in the world of kashrus! Rabbi Loike is a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher with special expertise in avian kashrus. In this video, Rabbi Loike uses live birds as he discusses what it is that makes a bird kosher. When is a predator not a predator? And when is a quail not a quail? And who was it that kept the turkey in the kosher kitchen? Tune in; you’ll be coming “beak” for more! This seminar was recorded live at the Bialostoker Synagogue in New York, NY on November 25, 2009. Download source sheet.
Kosher Birds: Who Are They? – VIDEO
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Rabbi Chaim Loike Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth When is a quail not a quail? When is a predator not a predator? Join Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing vast knowledge of avian kashrus, as he guides us to a greater understanding of kosher birds. Tune in and see him elucidate the relevant principles—with live birds! No doubt, you’ll come “beak” for more… This seminar was presented at the "OU Kosher Coming" program at JLIC - Johns Hopkins University, on November 9, 2009.
A Peek at the Peacock
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The peacock is among the most beautiful of all birds—and among the most mysterious! Join Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher with special expertise in kosher birds, in a lucid and thorough discussion of the history and halachos of the peacock. Did King Solomon really bring them to Israel? Is one species kosher and another forbidden? Does any community have a tradition of eating them? Tune in and you’ll no doubt come “beak” for more…
Reputation Preservation: Kashrus and Maris Ayin
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What will the neighbors think” is often immaterial—but sometimes it’s of major importance. Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher, as he explores the intersection between kashrus and Maris Ayin (the commandment to preserve one’s reputation as a faithful Jew). Could eating a soy burger with cheese be a problem? How about a steak with parve margarine? Listen in, and find out when “looking good” overrides “eating well”!