Next Course Start Date:
12 December 2021 (8 Teves 5782)

Kashrus in the Kitchen Course Info

a smicha refresher course

What is it? 

Kashrus in the Kitchen offers those who received smicha already the opportunity to revisit fundamental topics covered throughout their smicha studies. Additionally, various new topics are incorporated into the course, all with a focus on seeing the application of these halachos in one’s day -to-day life.

Who is it for?

Whether you learned smicha years ago and could do with a good review, or you just completed it and want to take the next step in your learning, or even if you never did smicha but want to learn these important areas of halacha in an applicable manner, this course is for you.

And thanks to Machon Smicha’s innovative curriculum, this course can bring almost anyone up to speed, while still offering a high level of learning that will benefit everyone, from the beginner uninitiated to the advanced .  

Why learn this?

The subject matter is practical, relevant, and comes up often. This course will teach you the fundamental halachos of kashrus, equipping you to deal with day-to-day issues as they arise, and further your limmud hatorah in a structured manner.

How does the course work?

Course materials will be accessible online on the Machon Smicha platform, or mailed to you. All shiurim and classes are recorded, so you can learn when and how it works for you, wherever you are in the world. Learning time is approx. one hour a day.

When, and how much is it? 

The course is three months, from a week after Chanukah to a week before Purim. Exact dates are 12 December 2021 (8 Teves) – 10 March 2022 (7 Adar II). The cost of the course is $300 monthly, or $720 upfront.

Course Curriculum

The course was developed by the Machon Smicha team, under the guidance of experts in the field – Rabbi Yitzchak Hanoka, Rabbi Nissan Zibell, and Rabbi Boruch Hertz.  The topics covered by the course are relevant as well as interesting, and are subdivided into four primary topics:

Shiurim on the Shulchan Aruch by Rabbi Kesselman. Additionally, Rabbis Hanoka, Hertz, and Zibell will deliver shiurim throughout the course, drawing from their wealth of knowledge and insight, both halachic and practical, and sharing that with the students.


Hilchos Basar B’chalav (The Laws of Meat and Milk)
שלחן ערוך יורה דעה סימנים פ”ז, פ”ח, פ”ט, צ”א א-ב, צ”ג, צ”ה, צ”ז

The fundamental halachos of meat and milk mixtures, including discussions of 1) the source and scope of the prohibition, 2) meat and milk on the same table, 3) waiting times between meat and milk, 4) using utensils of the other kind, 5) nosen ta’am lifgam, 6) na”t bar na”t, 7) knives, and 8) sharp foods. 

Hilchos Ma’achalei Aku”m  (The Laws of Foods Prepared by Non-Jews)
שלחן ערוך יורה דעה סימנים קי”ב, קי”ג, קי”ד, קט”ו, קי”ח

The halachos of which foods prepared by non-Jews may be eaten, and what steps must be taken to permit potentially forbidden foods. Includes discussions on 1) pas yisrael and pas aku”m 2) bishul yisrael and bishul aku”m, 3) chalav yisrael and chalav aku”m, 4) gevinas yisrael and gevinas aku”m, and 5) simanim

Hilchos Ta’aruvos (The Laws of Forbidden Mixtures)
שלחן ערוך יורה דעה סימנים ק”ט, צ”ח א-ג, צ”ט ה-ו, ק”ב, ק”ה א-ג

The bedrock of all Hilchos Kashrus, Ta’aruvos includes discussions on 1) bittul bshishim vs rov, 2) bittul b’meizid vs. bshoigeg, and 3) kli rishon vs kli sheini.

Hechser Keilim (The laws of re-koshering utensils)
חלקים משלחן ערוך הרב אורח חיים סי’ תנ”א

The laws of why, how and when to kasher utensils


Course Offer

In this course, similar to the flagship smicha program, Machon Smicha offers students:

  • Online portal with access to all the program content
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Shiurim by Rabbi Kesselman.
  • English Study Guide containing introductions, overviews, translations, and in-depth summaries of every halachah.
  • Access to forums for questions, discussions, etc.
  • Rabbi and teachers available to answer questions and aid in the learning
  • Quizzes, other review material, and mock tests.
  • Certificate for those who successfully complete the program.

Additionally, Rabbis Hanoka, Hertz, and Zibell will deliver shiurim throughout the course, drawing from their wealth of knowledge and insight, both halachic and practical, and sharing that with the students.

The course is three months, from a week after Chanukah to a week before Purim. Exact dates are 12 December 2021 (8 Teves) – 10 March 2022 (7 Adar II).