Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kosher Signs

The little boy in this picture visited the Biblical Museum of Natural History yesterday, along with his family. During the tour, I brought the group to the mammals section of the Kashrus exhibit, which displays a range of hooves and skulls. I asked them, "What are the signs of a kosher animal?"

The little boy said, "I know! An OU!



  1. I visited the museum today, with my father, who is visiting from the States, and my daughter. My daughter had a great time, and my father and I enjoyed it too.

    I have to point out, though, that the video has a typo in it. One of the quotes of Pesukim spells Shamayim with a Sin.

  2. Actually, one of the signs of a kosher locust is that it literally has an OU on its stomach. (It's the way the muscles come together.) OK, so Yemenites say it's the letter "het" (for halal?) and modern Hebrew sources say it's the letter "khaf" (for kosher?), but it's all a matter of how you look at it. Hey, turn it the other way and you have a "c" (for "cacher," which is French). But it really looks like there's a circle around it, whatever it is.

  3. OU a kosher sign!? Pheh!

    (A Happy Purim to all.)

  4. I knew an Israeli who went to the US and told me that he didn't trust the reform hechsher - he just ate OU. I asked him: "What reform hechsher is there?". His reply was simple - the OR. I was puzzled and then I realized that he meant ®. He was pretty lucky because you can find that anywhere - including on canned pork and beans! The power of symbols!


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