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Turning a Blind Eye to Starbucks


Rabbi Sholem Fishbane had just stopped at the rest stop in Montvale, New Jersey, the last one on the Garden State Parkway right before Monsey. “I saw a frum couple walking in my direction. They were both holding ice-cold Starbucks Refreshers, complete with the cut lemons or limes inside,” he tells me. Starbucks Refreshers contain...

Vacation Education – Kashrus at Camp


When two kashrus professionals discovered weaknesses in the kashrus of the camp their daughters were attending, it jump-started a national discussion within the kashrus industry. How is it that parents are comfortable sending their kids to camps whose kitchens have no formal kashrus supervision, when they’d never dream of eating in a restaurant without a...

The Kashrus Pitfalls of Home Events


Recently, the level of professionalism has decreased at parties, parlor meetings, tzedakah events, and the like taking place in private homes or backyards. Today’s events often include sweet tables, carving stations, sushi bars, burger bars and alcohol bars—and the list goes on and on. Party planners are often hired to take charge of entire affairs—everything...

2023 Pesach Guide Now Available


March 17, 2023 The cRc Kosher is happy to announce that our popular Pesach Guide 2023 is now available for free pickup in select Chicagoland stores. It is also available for free download on our dedicated Pesach Page. Our Pesach Guide includes everything you need to prepare for Pesach, including our classic Shopping Guide, Pesach...

New Sefer From Rabbi Dovid Cohen – Animal Products


Rabbi Dovid Cohen, cRc Administrative Rabbinic Coordinator, has published a new sefer, Animal Products. This sefer covers items which come from animals (and birds and insects) that are not fleishig, including yotzeh min hatamei (YD 81), eggs (YD 86), milk and dairy (YD 115). It is available at www.kashrushalacha.com through Lulu or Amazon....

A Bone to Pick with Poultry


Let’s Talk Kashrus Episode 23 Breaking down chicken for the kosher consumer. Join an insightful conversation between Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger and Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, cRc Kashrus Administrator and the Executive Director of AKO. Enjoy the conversation regarding the Kashrus of chickens and broken bones. Click here to watch the video....

Is Keeping Kosher Now Harder Than 50 Years Ago?


November 24, 2022 Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, cRc Kashrus Administrator, recently presented a fascinating shiur in Agudas Yisroel of West Rogers Park titled: Is Keeping Kosher Now Harder Than 50 Years Ago? Click here to watch the shiur: https://crckosher.org/video/is-keeping-kosher-now-harder-than-50-years-ago/...

Kosher Vitamin Efficiency


The Kashrus of Vitamins Part 3 You care for the health of your Neshoma as well as the wellness of your ruchniyus. Join Rabbi Dovid Cohen, Administrative Rabbinical Coordinator at the cRc Kosher, on The Kashrus Awareness Project as he discusses medicines in Halacha together with R’ Yitzchok Hisiger in this 3-part series.   Click...

A Better Pill to Swallow


The Kashrus of Medicine Capsules Part 2 Never underestimate the Kashrus pitfalls with over the counter medicines. It can really be a tough pill to swallow. Join Rabbi Dovid Cohen, Administrative Rabbinical Coordinator at the cRc Kosher, on The Kashrus Awareness Project as he discusses medicines in Halacha together with R’ Yitzchok Hisiger in this...

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