Clear Statement from OU Regarding Kashrus of Sukkot

12 Tishrei 5773

Before Yom Kippur I posted an article pertaining to the kashrus of a sukka found in a restaurant/catering facility. I explained one needs to determine if a hashgacha covers the sukka as well, which is not always the case even though one might expect it to be so.

The OU in Israel has clarified that a sukka in an establishment under its hashgacha is covered by the hechsher only if one sees a special teudat kashrus from the OU stating clearly it assumes responsibility for the sukka.

That means even if there is an OU hechsher for a restaurant, you must see a second one covering the kashrus of the sukka. If the latter is absent, the hashgacha assumes no responsibility for the sukka.

2 Comments

  • y
    September 28, 2012 - 23:59 | Permalink

    And The Rabbanut, Mehadrin or otherwise Rabbi Rubin, EIdah? I wonder if any Hecsher in America does this?

  • tali
    October 5, 2012 - 02:49 | Permalink

    in jerusalem: ate in a rav rubin restaurant on tuesday- their sukkah was fine, but we saw no endorsement on the part of the hashgacha. ate in the chug chasam sofer (PT) cafe down the block on wednesday- their sukkah was completely sketchy and probably mostly not kosher. i also saw no dati staff member anywhere in the cafe. called chug chasam sofer- said they take no responsibility for the sukkah, but that they’d look into the mashgiach issue.

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