Kosher le’Pesach

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There’s one thing that comes to your mind when thinking about the time of  Pesach. The thing is sheer craziness! The maddest few weeks of the year. The thorough cleaning, shopping, Seder planning all these usually starts for several weeks prior to the “night different from all other nights“.  And what’s the story with all the hassle, anyway?

How much different is the time of  Pesach doesn’t need to be explained to those familiar with all the halakhic complexity. There’s an app for those who are less familiar with halakha but would like to learn about it.

At the end of the last year Davka launched app called cRc Kosher. This free app provides the users with information on kosher products. cRc (The Chicago Rabbinical Council)  included in the app a list of kosher products, some guidelines of  how to deal with kosher fruit and vegetables, and information about over 80 kosher agencies recommended by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.

Thanks to cRc Kosher app you can learn some important information about kosher status on common beverages, fruit and vegetables, liquor or specialty drinks. The lists are updated daily and give detailed information on kosher requirements for a wide range of foods. The app gives an alphabetical scrollable list of brands and foods. You can also go through the app’s database to find a specific information you need. With its enhanced search engine app lets the users to look up kosher agencies supervised by rabbi and state.  If you need more information about any listed product or agency you can use the one-click email access to post question or request information.

For few days now there’s been the newest update of the app available on the AppStore. cRc Kosher 1.1 gives thorough information on Kosher-for-Passover food items (incl.  food for pets), medicines, and health and beauty items.

But that’s not all just yet. The thing that makes the app even more universal for the next few weeks, is the fact that it gives a step by step explanation of the process called kashering in which the kitchen utensils are prepared in a special way to be used during Passover. There’s also information on how to prepare your kitchen for the Passover time.

The app should be particularly helpful for those who are not much informed on what they may and what they can’t during the Passover time. The access to all the info is quite simple mainly thanks to an uncomplicated interface of the app.

A big plus of the app is the fact that it is a free software, which, taking into consideration its rich content, is a very positive surprise. OK (Organized Kashrut) and cRc deserve a good word because they make their data bases available for free whereas similar app from KLBD (Kashrut of the London Beit Din), maybe a bit more fancy, is a dozen of dollars yearly. This may seem a bit bewildering especially that the crammed with ads catalogue of kosher products verified by KLBD and available in UK is charged as well. The thing the app of this type lacks is the OU (Union Orthodox) catalogue available as an iPhone app.

So if you find yourself in Passover mood and if you want to make this year’s holiday really Kosher-for-Passover, the latest updated cRc app is a must have application.

(rp, ms)

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Lifestyle
Updated: March 30, 2011
PublisherDavka Corporation
Price: Free (get app)

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