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.
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.
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.
In the conclusion of his presentation, Rabbi Schachter answers an all-important question: what is the proper use of produce that bears the sanctity of Shemittah? How do I cook it? How do I dispose of it? You won't want to miss Rabbi Schachter's awe-inspiring treatment of the subject.
A mash'giach is like a USDA inspector: he arrives unannounced and snoops around looking for breaches of protocol. NOT! Join Baltimore based Rabbi Yitzchok Friedman, a seasoned and experienced OU Rabbinic Field Representative, as he describes the true job of a rabbi from OU Kosher. Part detective, part diplomat, part psychologist--all interesting! A special treat from someone in the trenches of kosher supervision. Recorded live at Camp Moshava in the summer of 2007.
Rabbi Yaakov Luban
Executive Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Division
Listen to Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Executive Rabbinic Coordinator of OU Kashruth, and a daunting task will become simple and easy! If you'd love to support Israel by buying Israeli produce, but shy away because of the need to tithe (take Terumos and Ma'aseros), worry no more. This session contains a step-by-step guide to tithing produce. You'll certainly want to take notes: don't forget your pen and paper! If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Luban please send them to : email@example.com
How could a kosher dish be unfit for use? Welcome to the world of Tevilas Keilim (utensil immersion)! Rabbi Moshe Zywica, a Senior Rabbinic Coordinator with OU Kashruth, discusses the ins-and-outs of an area of Halacha with literally daily applications. What materials require immersion? What about disposable utensils? Do I need to immerse glazed porcelain? What do I do if I'm stuck in a place without immersed utensils? Tune in for a presentation that's clear, coherent, and concise. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Zywica please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the body the enemy of the soul? Can we reach out to G-d at the same time we reach for a second helping? Join Rabbi Safran, OU Kosher's Vice President for Communications and Marketing, as he elucidates Judaism's unique approach to the human need to eat. Don't miss this chance to find out about the spiritual gains awaiting you amidst your material pursuits. Rabbi Safran's talk is excerpted from his book Passion and Peace which can be obtained directly from Rabbi Safran by contacting him at SafranE@ou.org.
When is non-dairy creamer derived from milk? When is natural meat flavor not derived from meat? What could be unkosher about 100% pure orange juice? These and other practical issues are discussed by Rabbi Stone, a distinguished OU Kashruth Rabbinic Field Representative in the Tri-State region and a much sought after OU lecturer , in a special seminar given at Columbia University Law School Lunch and Learn program, as part of the ever popular OU Kosher Coming to Schools and Communities programs. A session jam-packed with useful data!
Which Jewish parents don't want to raise their children to live Jewish lives? Join Rabbi Schachter, Senior Halachic Consultant for OU Kashruth, as he masterfully explores this fundamental topic, exploring such issues as: the age to educate; what mitzvos to teach; medicating your child the kosher way; childhood fasting on Yom Kippur - and other relevant topics! Don't miss this extra-special presentation.