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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”!
Keeping Kosher: The Soul You Save May Be Your Own
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No waiter ever asked a customer, "Would you like some arsenic with your roast beef, sir?" We would run, not walk, to avoid a food if there was even the slightest chance of it being poisoned. Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, describes another type of poison: a toxin for the heart and soul. Tune in and learn a perspective on keeping kosher which you may never have heard...
The Vaad HaKashrus: Politicians or Professionals?
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Rabbi Yaakov Luban Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth How sophisticated is the local Vaad certifying that delicious calzone and those yummy buffalo wings? Join Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of OU Kashruth and a specialist in communal kashrus issues, in this rare peek behind–the–scenes. Rabbi Luban discusses kashrus history and kashrus recommendations—and you won’t want to miss, “Does politics impact on Kashrus..?” You might be surprised…
The Vaad HaKashrus: How and Why?
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Rabbi Yaakov Luban Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Your local kosher bakery and Chinese restaurant both need kashrus certification. How is it set up? Join Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of OU Kashruth and a specialist in communal kashrus issues, as he uses his vast expertise to describe the underpinnings of a Vaad HaKashrus (local kashrus agency). Who participates? How are the responsibilities divided? How do kashrus professionals avoid divisiveness and burn-out? Who sets the standards? Tune in and find out what happens behind-the scenes…
Escape or Embrace: A Torah View of Material Pursuits
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The emaciated holy man sitting isolated on a mountain-top. The morbidly obese drunkard sprawled again on the barroom floor. Are these the choices faced by a Jew - embrace the material or flee it for Divine communion? The answer is a resounding “NO.” Join Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher’s Vice President -Communications and Marketing, in an articulate and moving exploration of the relationship between body and soul. Redeeming the physical, not blindly shunning or embracing it; tune in and hear this spiritual goal discussed in a sophisticated fashion. Rabbi Safran is the author of “Meditations at 60: One Person, Under God, Indivisible,” which elaborates on this [“Called to be Different; Called to be Holy – A Meditation on Kashrut”] and related themes. Available from www.ktav.org or from the author at safrane@ou.org.