Are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Kosher?

Q. Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) kosher? I have heard that they can splice the genes from one type of plant into another. For...

Hashgacha Pratis Tzedaka

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld There was a yungerman who lived in Bnei Brak whose son was very ill. A complex surgery was necessary to be...

The Kashrus of Charcoal Briquettes

Q. Can I use flavored charcoal briquettes for my barbecue? A. Rav Yisroel Belsky zt”l held that one may not use wine soaked wood chips...

Grilling Fish and Meat

Q. I’m hosting a picnic and some people prefer fish to meat. Can I grill both of them together? A. The Gemara (Pesachim 76b) teaches...

Debt Settlement in Halacha

By Rabbi Baruch M. Levine We all take on too much. Often customers invest in their businesses with the hope that they will be able...

Going to the Mountains? Breaking Down Tefillas Haderech

By Rabbi Moshe Pinchasi Whether it is a family trip, camping trip, heading upstate or even touring Eretz Yisroel, many of us plan to hit...

Is Beeswax Kosher?

Q. Beeswax is a secretion from a gland located in the abdominal section of worker bees. It has important applications in the food industry....

Learning Torah Without Kavana

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim, Siman Samech, seif daled paskens that mitzvos require kavana, and when one does not have...

Who Is Entitled To Choose The Mesader Kiddushin?

By Rabbi Chaim Weg Mazel tov! After weeks of sleepless nights and an inordinate amount of phone calls, Ari, the “best boy” in his Yeshiva,...

Parmesan Seasoning and Waiting Six Hours

Q. The OU certifies crackers and popcorn with parmesan seasoning. Since parmesan is a hard cheese that requires one who ate it to wait...