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The True Colours of Canadian Whisky

By Rabbi Y. Teichman & Rabbi T. HeberThe Secret is out of the Barrel1Months of extensive and exhaustive research into the kashrus of uncertified Canadian whisky has revealed its true...

Can Dairy Naan Bread be Kosher Certified?

BY: RABBI TSVI HEBERIndian Jews Ate Naan!?Recently, one of our COR certified companies requested approval for their naan bread. Along with the pareve variety, the company...

The Halachic CORner 2017/5778

What is the kosher status of Canadian whisky? Can dairy Naan bread be kosher certified? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the latest edition of COR's Halachic CORner. Click here for an online version of...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Romaine Lettuce (Video)

Just Checking: Romaine Lettuce from COR Kosher on Vimeo. With thanks to: Katan Studios & Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1)      Preliminary Check: Check the produce for the presence of insects; focusing on...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Strawberries (Video)

COR_ Strawberry - Final Version from COR Kosher on Vimeo.With thanks to: Katan Studios & Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1)      Preliminary Check: Check the produce for the presence of insects; focusing on...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Herbs (Video)

Just Checking: Herbs from COR Kosher on Vimeo.With thanks to: Katan Studios & Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1)      Preliminary Check: Check the produce for the presence of insects; focusing on heavy...

Just Checking: How to Clean & Check Green Onions (Video)

Just Checking: Green Onions from COR Kosher on Vimeo.With thanks to: Katan Studios &Sandy Sugar Interiors Checking Process: 1.Slit open all scallions or leek from top to bottom.2.Separate each individual layer.3.Loosen...

How to Make Used Cast Iron Cookware Kosher

By Chaim Ribiat   Ever since my wife introduced me to cast iron cookware, I have been enamoured. They impart a fabulous sear, work on all stove top surfaces, can go from stove...

Are Zebus Kosher?

By Rabbi Yechiel Teichman Kosher animals are separated by the Torah into two groups. The first group is domesticated animals (beheima) and includes three types: cattle, sheep, and goats. The second group...

The Kosher Status of Genetically Modified Salmon

By Rabbi Tsvi Heber A Genetically Modified Fish[1] After two decades of exhaustive and rigorous review, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the first ever genetically engineered...

Shemittah beyond Shemittah

An examination into how Shemittah remains relevant to kosher consumers beyond the Shemittah year.By Rabbi Tsvi HeberIntroductionThe conclusion of the Shemittah year 5775 is a significant milestone for the farmers...

Pas Yisroel: Turning up the Heat

By:Rabbi Sholom H. AdlerThe ins and outs of pas Yisroel and how it is applied in an industrial manufacturing setting.  What is pas Yisroel and why was it instituted?Pas Yisroel is...

The Kosher Status of Vitamins and Medicines

A Halachik analysis of the kosher status of vitamins and medicines. By Rabbi Tsvi Heber The constant stream of questions from our community pertaining to medicines and vitamins rank amongst the most frequently asked...

Blessings on Fruit Trees

 By Rabbi Tsvi Heber  ברוך א"י אמ"ה שלא חיסר בעולמו כלום וברא בו בריות טובות ואילנות טובות ליהנות בהם בני אדם[i]The month of Nissan brings in all the hustle and...

Shemittah 101

A practical overview of the Shemittah laws for the upcoming year. By Rabbi Tsvi Heber   Introduction "Shemittah" literally means to disengage[1] and is the commonly used word to refer to the Sabbatical year in which the...

Cooking on Yom Tov: A Halachic Analysis

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Yom Tov is fast approaching and Balabustas around the world are planning their meals. Yom Tov allows us the opportunity to prepare and cook...

Video Instructional: Tithing Produce from the Land of Israel: Terumot and Maaserot

Tithing Produce from the Land of Israel from COR Kosher on Vimeo. Rabbi Heber’s article, Produce of Israel: A Primer, that explains the tithing procedure in more details can be found on the COR...

Produce of Israel: A Primer

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher  The Land of Eretz Yisroel is imbued with special holiness. The Torah emphasizes the holiness of the land through a number of mitzvos that are...

COR Passover Guide 2014

The 2014/5774 COR Passover Guide is available in print at local community establishments. The electronic copy is now available here. This is a large file, so it may take a...

Yoshon: Frequently Asked Questions

By Rabbi Yechiel Teichman, COR Rabbinic Coordinator    1) What is yoshon? The Torah states that grain which was planted after Pesach may not be consumed until the following Pesach. In greater detail, grain may...

Lighting up Toronto: Halachik Challenges of the 2013 Ice Storm

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher I am writing from the dining room of my comfortably heated home where layers of sweaters and blankets are no longer necessary. Trees outside are...

Jelly Donuts in Halacha

Jelly Donuts in Halacha[1] By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher  On Chanuka, there is a prevalent custom to eat foods that are fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). The...

Questions@COR Video: What's the Bracha on Kellogg's Corn Pops?

Questions@COR: What's the Bracha on Kellogg's Corn Pops? from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Questions@COR Video: What Does "Dairy Equipment"(DE) Mean?

Questions@COR: What Does "Dairy Equipment"(DE) Mean? from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Questions@COR Video: Does Dish Soap Require Kosher Certification?

Questions@COR: Does Soap Require Kosher Certification? from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

COR’s Pre-Pesach Community Lecture Inspires

By Suri Ervin Three hundred members of the Toronto Jewish community assembled at Clanton Park Synagogue to attend an annual Pre-Pesach lecture put on by COR-Kashruth Council of Canada, Canada’s largest kosher certifier. This year,...

Rabbi Yehuda Simes at the COR Pre Passover Lecture (VIDEO)

R Simes COR Pre-Passover Lecture from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

Rabbi Dovid Heber at the Pre Passover Community Lecture (Video)

Rabbi Dovid Heber @ COR Pre Passover Lecture from COR Kosher on Vimeo....

An Eye on Kashrus: The Impact of Maris Ayin on Contemporary Kashrus

By Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Introduction Maris ayin is a unique rabbinic enactment[1] whose breadth spans the entire spectrum of halacha. From proscribing a Jewish agent from lending a gentile's money to...

How Kosher is Your Simchah? (Mishpacha Magazine)

By Dovid Sussman Are you eating the main course at that chasunah simply because all the other religious-looking guests are eating it too? Kashrus experts expose some alarming trends in catered affairs that might...

Kosher Issues Involved with Nannies

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Almost 53 years ago, Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l[i] was asked a shaila by a Rov who had become aware that a couple in his community left...

Can a Can of Tuna Have Kosher Considerations?

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Operations Canned tuna has been a household staple since the advent of its canning process in the early part of the twentieth century. Mixed with mayonnaise...

COR Posts its Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Manual

By popular demand, COR has posted its fruit and vegetable checking manual for mashgichim as a resource for kosher consumers. It can be downloaded by clicking the following link:...

Kashering Liver

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Operations   “But Rabbi,” cried Mrs. Eisikovich on the other end of the phone, “the label says that it is kosher and under the COR!” “How can...

Perspectives on Starbucks

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher   The recent brouhaha surrounding the kosher status of some Starbucks products[1] has brought a fundamental issue into the spotlight. The kosher certification industry has jumped leaps...

What to do About Prohibited Chometz after Passover

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher   The prohibition of eating chometz, leavened products, on Passover is unique in its transitory status. For 346 days of the Hebrew calendar, we are permitted...

Bagels for Pesach

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Walking through the kosher l’Pesach aisles of COR certified supermarkets before Pesach, with their array of available products, is a dizzying...

Meat & Milk Questions for Shavuot

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher Cheesecakes, blintzes and cheese lasagnas, with their irresistibly delicious taste, are some...

Herbal Remedies

By: Rabbi Tsvi Heber, Director of Community Kosher OperationsOne might assume that naturally unadulterated produce such as fresh herbs would inherently pose no kashrus concern.  Unfortunately, this is not the case. Fresh...

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