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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.
The Mashgiach: Friend of the Staff, or Ruling with a Staff?
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What is the role of the Mashgiach at a catered event - is he there to enforce the laws, or be a comrade in arms? Join Rabbi Dov Schreier, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth possessing special expertise in food service, as he examines the role of the rabbinic supervisor. How does he maintain control of the kitchen without alienating the cooks? How does he address the issues posed even by the cleaning crew? Tune in for a talk given by someone who’s been in the trenches! This presentation was recorded live at the Adelphia Talmudical Academy in Adelphia, NY, on February 25, 2009. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Schreier please send them to: schreier@ou.org
Fish with Meat: Keeping the Cows from the Carps
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A kosher cheeseburger is an oxymoron! A lesser-known kosher regulation is the separation of meat and fish. Join Rabbi David Bistricer, OU Kosher rabbinic coordinator, as he expertly and thoroughly explores this almost hidden facet of Torah life. Topics include: the use of ovens for meat and fish; eating fish and meat in the same meal; additives containing anchovies and omega-3 fatty acids. “Scale” the heights of Jewish knowledge as you “meat” this topic head-on!
The Partridge Family: Only Partly Kosher?
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Sherlock Holmes meets the Shulchan Aruch! Join Rabbi Chaim Loike, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth with special expertise in birds, as he describes the OU’s investigation into the kashrus of the partridge. Do partridges appear in the Bible? Is partaking of a partridge part of our patrimony? What precisely is the OU’s position? You’ll get the answers to these and other questions in this presentation. BONUS: Click here to see pictures!
YU at the OU: Seminars in Kashrus and Chemistry
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YU at the OU: Seminars in Kashrus and Chemistry: A special VIDEO Tidbit. On 10/31/08, the OU was privileged to host a chemistry class from Yeshiva University (YU). YU has always emphasized the usage of worldly knowledge in service of the Torah’s goals, and this seminar epitomizes that lofty notion. Heat and Cooking in Halacha presented by Rabbi Eli Gersten, Rabbinic Coordinator OU Kashruth, Recorder of OU P’sak and Policy, is a discussion of the definitions and applications of heat in Halacha (e.g., kashering utensils). Extraction and Distillation in Halacha presented by Rabbi Nosson Neuberger, Rabbinic Coordinator OU Kashruth, Asst. Director, Ingredient Approval Registry, is an examination of essential oils and alcoholic beverages. Chemical Changes in Substances presented by Rabbi Gavriel Price, Rabbinic Coordinator OU Kashruth, Ingredient Approval Registry, is an exploration of the halachic definition of “change” and potential leniencies drawn therefrom.
On a Wing and a Prayer: The Kosher Birds
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In a special presentation recorded on Tzom Gedaliah [10/2/08] at Yeshiva University in New York, Rabbi Chaim Loike elucidates how we confirm the kosher status of a bird. Rabbi Loike is not only a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth: he is also an ordained shochet (ritual slaughterer) with vast expertise in this area. This seminar is richly illustrated and truly edifying. It even has an intoductory section about Kaparos. Don’t miss this “egg”-cellent chance to learn! Click here to download the source sheet.