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The “Hole” Truth: Together, Bagels and the OU
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Rabbi Yisroel Bendelstein Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Division Everyone will tell you that the bagel is a Jewish food–but is it always kosher? Rabbi Bendelstein, an OU Kashruth Rabbinic Coordinator with great expertise in baked goods, describes for us the numerous halachic issues involved in manufacturing a simple kosher bagel. If you have questions or […]
Hafrashas Challah on the Industrial Scale
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Rabbi Hershel Schachter Senior Halachic Consultant, OU Kashruth Division How could bread with all-kosher ingredients be unkosher? Rabbi Schachter, Senior Halachic Consultant for OU Kashruth, gives us a thorough survey of the mitzvah (commandment) to separate challah from dough, with a special emphasis on this issues related to factories. You’ll never look at a 7-layer […]
Kosher Chemical Manufacture: A Serious Matter
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Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashruth Division What would Rabbi Akiva say about reactors? What would Maimonides say about molecules? Find out with Rabbi Ferrell, a Rabbinic Coordinator responsible for numerous chemical manufacturers, as he describes–in layman’s terms–halachic and technical issues addressed in certifying chemicals. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi […]
Kosher Flavor Manufacture: A “Holy” Satisfying Process
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Rabbi Moshe Zywica Rabbinic Coordinator & Group Leader, OU Kashruth Division That yummy strawberry flavor. That tangy BBQ taste. So easy to enjoy–but not so easy to produce! Join Rabbi Zywica, an expert on the flavor industry, for a surprise-packed peek at kosher flavor manufacture. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Zywica please […]
Now WE See It, Now YOU Don’t
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Rabbi Howard Katzenstein Director, Business & Trademark Compliance, OU Kashruth Division The integrity of the OU trademark-symbol is zealously protected--but how? Join Rabbi Katzenstein as he describes procedures that lie at the very bedrock of the OU Kashruth's certification program. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Katzenstein please send them to: howardk@ou.org
How to Be a Savvy Consumer
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Rabbi Howard Katzenstein Director, Business & Trademark Compliance, OU Kashruth Division Caveat emptor! There are red flags in kosher shopping; now you can learn about them from an expert. Rabbi Katzenstein provides us with a valuable guide to smart kosher shopping. If you have questions or comments for Rabbi Katzenstein please send them to: howardk@ou.org
Kosherizing Utensils – Part Two
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Rabbi Hershel Schachter Senior Halachic Consultant, OU Kashruth Division Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a Senior Halachic Consultant to OU Kashruth and Rosh Yeshiva at New York's Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchanon, continues his discussion of kosherizing utensils, examining the practices of Hag'alah (purging with water) and Libbun (intense heating). A not-to-be-missed chance to hear a master halachist's approach to a crucial topic!