Can I Buy Salmon from Costco?

Watch at 7:00 pm: Harav Gedalya Oberlander will discuss practical halachic questions including buying salmon from Costco, donating plasma, and the guidelines for taking in Shabbos early.

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The series of Halacha Q&A with Harav Gedalya Oberlander on has garnered much interest from community members and rabbonim alike. The common and contemporary questions are addressed with direct and practical answers.

Harav Gedalya Oberlander is the rov of Heichal Menachem in Monsey, NY, and a member of Vaad Rabbonei Lubavitch, and he is known for his breadth of knowledge and clear psak. He will be answering contemporary shailos in a weekly column on

Shailos can be emailed to [email protected].

The shiur will take place on Sundays at 7:00 pm EDT and will be streamed exclusively on

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  1. Bsd.

    I missed the Shiur.

    Can we buy Salmon from Costco?

    Whats about the kirkland brand, without the skin on, like the frozen portion packages? It has an OU, but OU has a lower standard than Chassidishe Hashgachois, [requires only 1 seal].

    Wondering what Rabbi Oberlandef rules?

    1. I am aware of such a policy, but it doesn’t have a reliable source in Halacha.

      Halacha does not discuss any sort of “siman” and we are dealing with a דאורייתא.

  2. BSD

    I used to work for the OK at a Fish Market.

    From my teacher, R Chanowitz, I learned, that the recent studies have shown, that color in the feed of fish, will only make a Salmon [pink] fish pinker.

    [if the color is injected by needle, ift will be noticed as it comes out uneven/blochy]

    He therefore told me that the OK, could really on the color of Salmon, to be enough of a proof. Since this color is unique to a kosher fish, the only other fish with a salmon like color, is also a kosher one!

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