December 05, 2006

Technological Tensions

From dishwashers to microwaves to automatic coffee-brewers, technology has revolutionized the modern kitchen. The time- and energy-saving devices are no doubt a boon, given today's hectic lifestyle. Yet for the kosher consumer, every new technology introduced brings with it a host of halachic concerns: According to Jewish law, may I kosherize my dishwasher? May I kosherize the microwave between milk and meat?

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December 04, 2006

Working in the Trenches

One day, early in my career in kosher supervision, I arrived at a bakery certified by the O.K. and proceeded to inspect the facility. Looking around, I was puzzled by the presence of a certain skid. The product inside was encased so well by the plastic wrapping that I could not identify it. I thought I had discovered something amiss. Clearly the bakery was hiding something from me. Here was my chance to impress my employer at the O.K.!

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