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Disposable Items: Is Kashrus Disposable?
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Ham; shrimp; cheeseburgers: these are some of the “prototypical” non-kosher products. But should we add paper towels to the list? Join Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, as he examines kashrus topics connected to kitchen-disposables such as aluminum foil and Styrofoam cups. You may find that your concerns are disposable…
Allergens: Nothing to Sneeze At
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"Dear OU Rabbi: I see that Uncle Timmy brand Granola Bars are OU-kosher-parve, but the label says, ‘May contain traces of milk, shrimp, and ham.’ What’s the story? Thanks, a Concerned Consumer.” OU Kashruth receives this kind of question all the time. Rabbi David Bistricer, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, skillfully and thoroughly provides the answer. Listen in, and never worry about allergen disclaimers again.
Mission Not Impossible: The Kosher Jew in a Non-Kosher Milieu
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There you are: stuck in a hotel where room service is only too happy to provide shrimp and cheeseburgers. There you are: a returnee to Jewish observance, visiting Mom and Dad and wondering how you'll avoid starving. In this presentation, Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kosher as well as with OU Kosher's educational programs, offers some points of guidance for kosher navigating in a non-kosher kitchen. How do I kosherize a stove? How do I use a nonkosher microwave? What do I do if the dishes weren't ritually immersed? Join Rabbi Ferrell and learn some invaluable helpful hints. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Ferrell please send them to: ferrelle@ou.org
The Sabbatical Year: A Discussion for the Diaspora
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5768 is a Shemittah (Sabbatical) year in the Land of Israel...could that affect Diaspora Jews? Indeed, yes! Tune in to a thorough presentation of Shemittah issues by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator and COO of OU Kashruth. Are there red-flags for Diaspora Jews? What is the Hetter Mechira? What does ownership of the land have to do with Shemittah? What do we do if we end up with fruit that bears the sanctity of Shemittah? Is growing botanicals in a hot house sufficient to obviate Shemittah concerns? Rabbi Elefant elucidates these issues with the clarity that has made his OU Daf Yomi so popular. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Elefant please send them to: elefantm@ou.org This seminar was recorded live on February 2, 2008, at Congregation Talmud Torah of Flatbush in New York City. It was sponsored by Keren Hashviis.
Living and Breathing…and Even Eating Kosher
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Is 'kosher" more than a kind of food? Yes, says Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein, a Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth. In this presentation, Rabbi Bendelstein does more than talk about elements of kosher certification. He does more than talk about eating in a kosher way. He also talks about living in a kosher way. A special treat you won't want to miss. This seminar was recorded live at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton, Canada, on December 25, 2007, as part of the "Yeshiva for a Day" program, sponsored with Edmonton Jewish General Education. Click here to read a review article (with pictures) about the OU's presentations in Edmonton.
24 Hours, 24 Roles: The Many Hats of an OU Mash’giach
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Organic Chemist. Process Engineer. Business Administrator. Detective. Marketing Expert. Sounds like the staff of a multi-national company, right? In truth, it's a (partial!) list of an OU mash'giach's responsibilities. Rabbi Avrohom Stone, a Senior Rabbinic Field Representative with OU Kashrus, takes you inside the head and inside the day of an OU plant inspector. You'll laugh and you'll gasp as Rabbi Stone delineates everything it takes to do the job right. This seminar was recorded live at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton, Canada, on December 25, 2007, as part of the "Yeshiva for a Day" program, sponsored with Edmonton Jewish General Education. Click here to read a review article (with pictures) about the OU's presentations in Edmonton.
Dunkin’ Do-Nots
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A basic element of the Jewish kitchen is the use of utensils that were ritually immersed. But immersion raises a plethora of questions: In what does one immerse? How does one prepare the utensil? Can one do the immersion for a friend or a customer? Join Rabbi Eli Gersten, the Rabbinic Coordinator charged with recording OU Kashruth's halachic policies, for a thorough and lucid presentation that will "wet" your appetite for more! If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Gersten please send them to: gerstene@ou.org
Ingredient Panels: What you don’t know CAN hurt you
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What does it take to give a kosher certification? Rabbi Norman Schloss, a first-tier mashgiach with OU Kashruth, shares the inside story with scores of elementary school students at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach. In this 45 minute seminar--recorded live--Rabbi Schloss talks about new food technologies, lesser-known problematic ingredients, and some of the precautions the OU takes to assure the kashrus of its products. You'll be glad you tuned in to Rabbi Schloss' well-informed and articulate presentation.
Shemittah and The Diaspora Jew: Part I
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In a thorough and highly-organized discussion of the laws of Shemittah (the Sabbatical year), Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Halachic Consultant to OU Kashruth and Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, disabuses us of the notion that it has nothing to do with the Diaspora Jew. In Part One, Rabbi Schachter discusses the Hetter Mechira and its impact on the permissibility of Israeli produce. What if the land was guarded or cultivated during the Shemittah year? Rabbi Schachter discusses this crucial question with dazzling breadth and clarity.
Shemittah and The Diaspora Jew: Part II
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In Part Two of his comprehensive treatment of Shemittah, Rabbi Schachter discusses the impact of land-ownership on the the permissibility of Shemittah produce. What botanicals are forbidden if they grew by themselves? Which produce is permitted if the land is sold? You won't want to miss this masterful and mesmerizing presentation.