Spiritually prepare yourself for Pesach like never before with a curated selection of articles, audio, and video from a wide range of Jewish scholars. Content includes Halacha, Hashkafa, relevant Shas Bavli content, and Jewish history.
Interview with R' Moshe Elefant, COO of OU Kosher
Interview with Mr. Shlomo Schwartz, CFO of OU Kosher
HAGGADOS AND HAFTOROS
Haftorah of the Day
Learn the Haftorahs of this Pesach season and gain insight into how they relate to their corresponding Parshah.
Click here for more of Rabbi Elefant's Sugya Shiurim on Pesach.
for the OU Daf Yomi Initiative
Utilizing his 30+ years of experience in the kashrus industry, Rabbi Elefant currently operates as the COO of the OU. His popular Daf Yomi shiur, now in it’s fifth cycle, has been featured on OU Torah among other platforms, and is listened to by over 1,000 people daily
RABBI MOSHE ELEFANT
RABBI MOSHE SCHWED
Rabbi Schwed serves as the Director of the OU Daf Yomi Initiative. After receiving semicha from Beth Medrash Govoha, Rabbi Schwed taught in Yeshiva Gedolah Kesser Torah. Rabbi Schwed is an alumnus of Yeshivos Long Beach and Brisk.
RABBI YAAKOV TRUMP
Rabbi Trump is the Associate Rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, and teaches Halachah at Shulamit. He has spearheaded many communal inititaitves. Rabbi Trump, as the founder of Nach Nook, will be lending his expertise on Nach to the OU Daf Yomi Initiative.
DR. HENRY ABRAMSON
Dr. Abramson is the Dean of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences and is a renowned expert on Jewish History. Click here to preview his new series on history in Daf Yomi, created in conjunction with the OU Daf Yomi Initiative.
Rabbi Rosner is the Rav of the Nofei Shemesh community, located in Bet Shemesh. He is a celebrated teacher at both Raishit and Shaalavim. His Daf Yomi shiur on OU Torah is enjoyed by over 1,000 people on a daily basis.
White vinegar is made from ethanol, and in the United States the vast majority of ethanol is made from corn. To convert corn starch to vinegar a number of process stages are required, and in each stage multiple ingredients are used. These ingredients and processes have been carefully reviewed as to whether they will render vinegar taruvos chametz. They do not. Therefore vinegar, and certainly products that contain vinegar, can be included in a sale, even for those people who are careful not to sell chametz gamor (obvious chametz).
A common method for relinquishing ownership of chametz before Pesach is to sell it, typically through an agent, to a gentile. The chametz remains in the house, in a closed-off area that has been rented to its new owner. AfterPesach the agent repurchases the chametz on your behalf (and the rental period ends). Some poskim have questioned the validity of a large-scale sale, as it appears to be insincere. Nonetheless, most poskimconsider mechiras chometz halachically valid, and this has become the mainstream practice for Klal Yisrael for the past few centuries. Nonetheless, there are those who are machmir and do not rely on this device for food that is obviously chametz and prohibited on a Biblical level (see Aruch Hashulchan (Orach Chaim 448:13). Instead the chametz is eaten before Pesach, burned, or otherwise destroyed.